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Eckart Henzler

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Eckart Henzler


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About Baumstammbuch

Sales 3,652
On Etsy since 2012

WoodBooks and wooden toys

In this shop you will find the original Baumstammbuch. Books made from one tree trunk, chopped up into pages. Inside figurines to take out, hand-carved with care. And you find wooden toys, animals carved from wood, simple and smooth, sweet but not funny, a pleasure to touch and joy to look at.
Already as a student I worked with a manufacturer of Waldorf animals. What I learned was the importance of the simple form, the true gesture, the warm, natural material, the absence of detail and anatomy, the freedom of child-imagination and harmony. More and more I developed an aversion against modern plastic toys, war-toys, so called fantasy-toy, electronic toys. Childhood seems to me so worthy, the quiet play, the ever creative, never ending child own fantasy. I decided to dedicate my life the task of child-education. And there were two more passion of my own I had to use: First, my hands skillfulness and the pursue to create something beautiful. Second my addiction to nature, everything that grows and lives.
After study of art and art-therapy I went to Russia, first to Moscow then to the far away countryside. There I lived on my own. Water from the well, fire to cook, garden to feed yourself and animals, who help you - a most simple way of life, hard and self-sustainable. Chopping firewood everyday I marveled about the beauty of wood. The absence of machines, sometimes electricity at all, I began in the long winter evenings to cut figurines out of the chopped wood. And it was only a small step to the invention of the WoodBook.

Shop members

  • Eckart

    Owner, Maker

    Born in Munich, Germany in 1964. Gardening, painting and woodworking was my passion in childhood, lived in America for a year, traveled a lot to Italy, France and India, lived 10 years in Russia as art-teacher, now back in Germany with 4 children.

Shop policies

Last updated on December 27, 2019
Thank you for your visit. I take a lot of pride in the items I make. I want you to be as happy with the item you purchase as I was to make it, and I hope you and your children get lots of enjoyment out of anything you purchase here.

Idea: It is important to me to create something beautiful and useful. My animals are cute but not funny, simple, but not coarse, smooth, but not too much. Holding them in your hands, you will feel: They are made by hand and it is all natural.

I love all different types of wood, but most animals I carve in alder wood. It is of warm color, smooth, strong enough not to break but not too hard to be carved. It grows in our valley. So does other beautiful wood I use, as birch, walnut, beech, oak, apple, cherry... Each item is carefully cut, carved and the edges are slightly rounded and hand sanded to make sure they're friendly for little hands. Most animals are left natural so children can project their own colors onto them, stimulating imagination! We finish each item with beeswax or natural oil which is rubbed in and buffed for sheen and to help seal the wood.

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Returns and exchanges
I gladly accept returns, exchanges, and cancellations
Contact me within: 14 days of delivery
Ship items back within: 30 days of delivery
Request a cancellation within: 12 hours of purchase
The following items can't be returned or exchanged
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
  • Custom or personalized orders
Questions about your order?
Please if you have any problems with your order.
Returns and exchange details
If something you purchased didn't meet your expectations, was damaged in shipping or was otherwise unacceptable, please contact us and we will either exchange the item or refund your purchase price. If item wasn't damaged in shipping but you're not happy with it, you are responsible for shipping it back to us in the same condition it arrived in. We will refund the purchase price upon receipt of item.
I accept payment either by Direct Checkout, Paypal or money order. If you need assistance in purchasing items, please feel free to ask questions!
Good news!!! Up to now - more than 600 parcels - everything arrived safely all over the world. We ship DHL first class mail. Usually there is no tracking number provided from DHL. If you need some item quickly, or if you want a tracking number and insurance, the price of shipping will be higher. In this case write me a message.

We will ship anywhere in the world! We always pack carefully and nicely, we know presentation is important. Wooden animals are quite unbreakable, there is no risk of damage during shipping. We try to recycle boxes and envelopes. If you need new wrapping materials for gifts, please let me know in advance and we will do our best.

Please notice: I ship from Germany. It takes an average of two weeks to arrive for instance to the US. Sometimes it might be a month but luckily this does not happen often.

For ready to ship merchandise, I will ship the next business day after receiving payment. This does not apply to made to order items. Please allow a standard two or three days for me to make these items.
Additional policies and FAQs
+Guideline 2009/48/EG from 18.06.2009 about the safety of toys+
According to article 11 Part 2 from 20.07.2011 special warning have to be given at Internet sales too:
Not suitable for children under 36 months.
Parts of the toy could be broken off and /or swallowed by young kids.
Children should just play with this toy under the supervision of adults.

WOODBOOKS are pieces of art, unrepeatable and unique. They are made by hand with great care and skill. You will be marveled to have it in your hands and to understand - it is all made from one tree-trunk. When you take out the figures, set them up in front of the unfolded pages, illuminate perhaps by candle light - you will be drawn into a little miracle.
Please have in mind: Yes – it is to show to children, but not so much to play for them. Parts can be lost, maybe broken, small children might try to swallow... So give it to children in appropriate age. Sometimes a figure doesn´t go in or out easily. Try it from the other side – never use force, only delicateness.
The opposite is true with my wooden animals. They are made to be played with more then one generation. They are save and stable.
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as needed to provide my services, such as when I use your information to fulfil your order, to settle disputes, or to provide customer support;
when you have provided your affirmative consent, which you may revoke at any time, such as by signing up for my mailing list;
if necessary to comply with a legal obligation or court order or in connection with a legal claim, such as retaining information about your purchases if required by tax law; and
as necessary for the purpose of my legitimate interests, if those legitimate interests are not overridden by your rights or interests, such as 1) providing and improving my services. I use your information to provide the services you requested and in my legitimate interest toimprove my services; and 2) Compliance with the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use. I use your information as necessary to comply with my obligations under the Etsy Seller Policy and Terms of Use.
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Information about my customers is important to my business. I share your personal information for very limited reasons and in limited circumstances, as follows:

Etsy. I share information with Etsy as necessary to provide you my services and comply with my obligations under both the Etsy Seller Policy and Etsy Terms of Use.
Service providers. I engage certain trusted third parties to perform functions and provide services to my shop, such as delivery companies. I will share your personal information with these third parties, but only to the extent necessary to perform these services.
Business transfers. If I sell or merge my business, I may disclose your information as part of that transaction, only to the extent permitted by law.
Compliance with laws. I may collect, use, retain, and share your information if I have a good faith belief that it is reasonably necessary to: (a) respond to legal process or to government requests; (b) enforce my agreements, terms and policies; (c) prevent, investigate, and address fraud and other illegal activity, security, or technical issues; or (d) protect the rights, property, and safety of my customers, or others.

4. Data Retention

I retain your personal information only for as long as necessary to provide you with my services and as described in my Privacy Policy. However, I may also be required to retain this information to comply with my legal and regulatory obligations, to resolve disputes, and to enforce my agreements. I generally keep your data for the following time period: 4 years.

5. Transfers of Personal Information Outside the EU

I may store and process your information through third-party hosting services in the US and other jurisdictions. As a result, I may transfer your personal information to a jurisdiction with different data protection and government surveillance laws than your jurisdiction. If I am deemed to transfer information about you outside of the EU, I rely on Privacy Shield as the legal basis for the transfer, as Google Cloud is Privacy Shield certified.

6. Your Rights

If you reside in certain territories, including the EU, you have a number of rights in relation to your personal information. While some of these rights apply generally, certain rights apply only in certain limited cases. I describe these rights below:

Access. You may have the right to access and receive a copy of the personal information I hold about you by contacting me using the contact information below.
Change, restrict, delete. You may also have rights to change, restrict my use of, or delete your personal information. Absent exceptional circumstances (like where I am required to store data for legal reasons) I will generally delete your personal information upon request.
Object. You can object to (i) my processing of some of your information based on my legitimate interests and (ii) receiving marketing messages from me after providing your express consent to receive them. In such cases, I will delete your personal information unless I have compelling and legitimate grounds to continue using that information or if it is needed for legal reasons.
Complain. If you reside in the EU and wish to raise a concern about my use of your information (and without prejudice to any other rights you may have), you have the right to do so with your local data protection authority.
How to Contact Me

For purposes of EU data protection law, I, Eckart Henzler, am the data controller of your personal information. If you have any questions or concerns, you may contact me at eckart [!at] Alternately, you may mail me at:

Eckart Henzler, Erlach 1, 96260 Weismain

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