Mary Myers Folk Art - whimsical nutcrackers are American made in Virginia. They are turned on a lathe by Earl Myers from a paper doll pattern drawn by the artist. The basswood figure is then chipped carved with a small hand held knife .Each character is painted and numbered by the artist. Their arms and cracker are pegged into body. Each lever is made of oak and opens wide to crack nutshells (pistachios) with his strong jaw.
E T A Hoffman wrote the story of the nutcracker and the mouse King which was composed into a ballet. The popularity of the ballet has made the nutcracker a desirable gift or collectible. Although the artist has many nutcrackers from Santas, Halloween witches, and storybook characters, the classic wooden toy soldier is a favorite during the Christmas season. ( Photo is first nutcracker by artist in 1989)