Thursday December 31, 2020
Virologist as a wooden figure
Räucher-Drosten becomes a best seller
She is 26 centimeters tall, wears a white coat and face mask: the smoking man figure of the well-known Berlin virologist Christian Drosten is not only in great demand in Germany, but also in the USA and Japan. Your inventor therefore had to hire additional employees.
The Berlin virologist Christian Drosten has developed into a bestseller for handicrafts in the Ore Mountains: as a smoking man figure with a smoking head. Actually, he should have sent his seven permanent employees full short-time work from January, said wood artist Tino Günther. But in order to process the orders for his smoking drosten, he has now recruited additional staff.
More than 5,000 orders were received from private individuals alone, plus many inquiries from trading partners and retailers. The figure is also in demand from abroad, such as Austria, the USA and Japan, as reported by the “Free Press”. “The response is sensational,” said Günther happily. Numerous media, including from abroad, reported on his character. “With every report, demand has gone up like the contagion curve.”
The orders have now made up a volume that would otherwise be achieved at Christmas markets in a year. Smokers aren’t actually his specialty: “I’m a toy maker, not a turner.” That is why he has also outsourced work to other companies in the region, such as the manufacture of arms or felting.
Figure stands on the corona virus
The 26 centimeter high figure with a white coat and disheveled hair stands on a stylized corona virus. She also wears a face mask. The smoke does not come out of the mouth of the smoker as is usual – rather, his head smokes. More than 100 pieces have been produced so far. “Production is only just beginning now,” explained Günther. Because the production is manual work.
However, given the success of his Drosten figure, the wood artist is not planning any further figures with Corona motifs or a virologist series. To justify this, the artisan draws a bow to the music: “After a hit, the second song is often a failure.” His next project is rather figures for a wooden game in collaboration with a children’s book author.