Hive of activity for Santa's Workshop
Christmas preparation is a year-round event in Svend Fanefjord's 'Santa's Workshop'.
And its Coatesville craftsman is a real-life santa too, creating wooden toys to give away at Christmas 12 months a year, using donated wood and materials.
Fanefjord keeps a cracking pace and has made no less than 1500 toys this year.
He says his main motivation is to give to children in need at Christmas.
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"I like kids to have something for Christmas. A lot of kids - their parents don't have money, so I like giving them toys," he says.
A cabinet maker by trade, Danish-born Fanefjord has been creating his toys since 2009.
And every year since, the number of toys made climbs.
The first year he made 300. By 2014, he'd reached over 1000.
Production has also increased thanks to the donation of wood and dowel from two Silverdale businesses.
Having already been in business for a decade making wooden playhouses before retiring in the mid-2000s, Svend's Kiwi wife Nicola Fanefjord says they decided from the outset to give away the toys.
The workshop - aptly named Santa's Workshop - gives to all kinds of groups including toy libraries, kindergartens and clubs.
This Christmas, they're supporting the City Mission, Salvation Army and Foster Hope among others.
Auckland City Missioner Chris Farrelly says it is not common to receive hand-made toys and describes Fanefjord's work as "stunning".
"They are amazing. I just don't know how much time he puts into each one but they are works of art," he says.
Farrelly says the gifts are matched to children in need, and Fanefjord's contribution will given with this in mind.
Fanefjord says he doesn't start with a particular design, but creates based on the materials available.
He makes uses of whatever is around, including using mustard bottle tops as road cones and mascara brushes for chimney sweeps.
To speed up production, he makes many single toy parts at a time before assembling them as a whole.
Nicola says she can hardly get her husband to leave his workshop for a holiday.
"Svend's present is being left alone to work at his own pace. He's got one of those minds that just never stops working," she says.
"I just think all Danes have this magic design in them... they're just so clever. It just amazes me what they can do with nothing."
- North Harbour News