Tomteverkstan is swedish and means Santaworkshop. The company is actually called AB Ljungströms Svarveri and has its origin in the fourties. Arvid Ljungstöm who had come to Vetlanda to become a foreman at Alseda Woodrefinement started to manufacture flowerespalier among other things in his cellar at home. When Arvid was a trained turner a turn was procured and manufacturing of details for furnitureindustry started up.
The cellar became too narrow and an old dwelling-house was bought and moved to it´s present place. During the years a couple of built out has taken place and 1980 the former room of Alseda woodrefinement was bought where the office and stock is today.
In time also turned handicraftarticles was manufactured and in the fifthies the figures came into it. But it wasn´t Santas who was topical in the beginning, but trolls. Trolls with bodies made out of sprucecones were very common. Those were exported to Germany.
From trolls the step to make Santas wasn´t far. By that the company found its niche and in time Santas became dominant in the manufacturing. Pretty soon a large export to USA started up. Despite that the volumes are not quite as big today, USA is still the largest exportmarket.
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