Seiffen (Saxony) – It was an idea out of necessity. But now the smoking virologist is making the Ore Mountains and his resourceful toy maker Tino Günther (58) world famous!
In November, the man from Seiffen designed a smoker with a smoking curly hair, a white coat and a face mask – whose appearance is reminiscent of Germany’s chief virologist Christian Drosten (48, Charité).
After BILD reported on the production of Räucher Drosten, Günther couldn’t save himself from ordering!
Günther: “For the pilot series, we were still thinking about 15 units. It’s all manual work. ”But when the ordering virus broke out, Günther’s head was smoking. How should he do it all?
“We already have more than 5,000 orders that we will process into the summer. Everyone gets their smoking virologist, ”he promises.
“We had delivered 120 pieces by Christmas. But orders by mail, phone, and Facebook just don’t stop there. In addition to Germany, they also come from Austria, Switzerland, Holland and the USA, ”says Günther.
Because he can no longer make the wooden man from 30 individual parts in his small family business alone, local companies and many Seiffeners who were slowed down by the lockdown help him.
For example, hotel director Michael Bock (44) sits at the Günther drill instead of at the reception: “The main thing is that I can do something – even for a minimum wage.”
And hairdresser Mandy Partzsch-Stephani (51) carefully packs the finished virologist into boxes.
Financially, the idea saved the toy maker from the messed up Christmas business: “Now I’m even looking for a toy maker and a permanent apprentice!”