During Advent in 2009 my family and I visited the local folk museum in Stykkishólmur, Iceland, which houses a wide collection of items from past centuries. My daughter in-law took notice of some old Christmas trees made from wood. Since there were no pine forests in Iceland in the early nineteen hundreds, it had become tradition to handcraft trees from wood, cover the branches with heather flowers and attach candles to them.
It crossed my mind that it could be fun to design and craft trees inspired by this tradition: trees that would reflect the old trees but would have a modern design. I came upon some cylindrical bars from a crib and decided to use them as branches for a crafted Christmas tree. The bole and foot I made from pine, and a star from plywood. At first I used candle clamps to attach candles to the branches, but later these developed into handmade candleholders from wire.
To my great pleasure the trees started to grab much more attention and in the next few years I designed and crafted the version that is produced today, handmade from A-Z. The snowflakes, used to decorate the tree, were designed and crocheted by grandma (my wife). The very first trees were presented as gifts to our children and grandchildren, friends and relatives. Soon we found it necessary to be able to pack them for storage when not in use, and also in handy packaging, easy to grab in the busy Christmas time.