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A nutcracker with a functional design
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A nutcracker is a mechanical device for cracking nuts. It works on the principle of moments as described in Archimedes' analysis of the lever. The ballet The Nutcracker derives its name from this festive holiday decoration. For other uses, see Nut (disambiguation). ... Nutcracker can refer to: a nutcracker - a tool for cracking nuts a type of bird: the nutcracker (bird) a well-known and popular ballet, The Nutcracker NuTCRACKER - a suite of software, subsequently re-named as the MKS Toolkit, for emulating Unix environments on Microsoft Windows computers This is a disambiguation... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Wind turbines The scientific definition of a machine is any device that transmits or modifies energy. ... For other uses, see Nut (disambiguation). ... A principle (not principal) is something, usually a rule or norm, that is part of the basis for something else. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with torque. ... For other uses, see Archimedes (disambiguation). ... Leverage redirects here. ... This article is about the ballet. ...


Manufacturers produce modern nutcrackers—designed solely to crack nuts—usually somewhat resembling pliers, but with the pivot point at the end beyond the nut, rather than in the middle. These are also used for cracking the shells of crab and lobster in order to make the meat inside available for eating. For the Jamaican singer, see Pliers (singer). ... A pivot is that on which something turns. ... For other uses, see Crab (disambiguation). ... Subfamilies and Genera Neophoberinae Acanthacaris Thymopinae Nephropsis Nephropides Thymops Thymopsis Nephropinae Homarus Nephrops Homarinus Metanephrops Eunephrops Thymopides Clawed lobsters comprise a family (Nephropidae, sometimes also Homaridae) of large marine crustaceans. ... For other uses, see Meat (disambiguation). ... A meal is an instance of eating, specifically one that takes place at a specific time and includes specific, prepared foodstuffs. ...

Parrots use their beaks as natural nutcrackers, in much the same way smaller birds crack seeds. In this case, the pivot point stands opposite the nut, at the jaw. Systematics (but see below) Family Cacatuidae (cockatoos) Subfamily Microglossinae (Palm Cockatoo) Subfamily Calyptorhynchinae (dark cockatoos) Subfamily Cacatuinae (white cockatoos) Family Psittacidae (true parrots) Subfamily Loriinae (lories and lorikeets) Subfamily Psittacinae (typical parrots and allies) Tribe Arini (American psittacines) Tribe Cyclopsitticini (fig parrots) Tribe Micropsittini (pygmy parrots) Tribe Nestorini (kakas and... The beak, bill or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which, in addition to eating, is used for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, probing for food, courtship, and feeding their young. ... For other uses, see Bird (disambiguation). ... A ripe red jalapeño cut open to show the seeds For other uses, see Seed (disambiguation). ...


A variety of figure nutcrackers
A variety of figure nutcrackers

Nutcrackers in the form of wooden carvings of a soldier, knight, king, or other profession have existed since at least the 15th century. These nutcrackers portray a person with a large mouth which the operator opens by lifting a lever in the back of the figurine. Originally one could insert a nut in the big-toothed mouth, press down and thereby crack the nut. Modern nutcrackers in this style serve mostly for decoration, mainly at Christmas time. Download high resolution version (1212x1338, 312 KB)Picture of some nutcrackers. ... Download high resolution version (1212x1338, 312 KB)Picture of some nutcrackers. ... For other uses, see Wood (disambiguation). ... Carving can mean Rock carving Wood carving Meat carving See also: Sculpture, Lapidary This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... This article is about a military rank. ... For other uses, see Knight (disambiguation) or Knights (disambiguation). ... Louis XIV, king of France and Navarre (Painting by Hyacinthe Rigaud, 1701). ... A profession is an occupation, vocation or career where specialized knowledge of a subject, field, or science is applied. ... (14th century - 15th century - 16th century - other centuries) As a means of recording the passage of time, the 15th century was that century which lasted from 1401 to 1500. ... For other uses, see Mouth (disambiguation). ... Leverage redirects here. ... A rare Dresden porcelain figurine 7th millennium BC anthropomorphized figurines found in modern-day Israel A figurine (a diminutive form of the word figure) is a statuette that represents a human, deity, or animal. ... For beauty as a characteristic of a persons appearance, see Physical attractiveness. ... For other uses, see Christmas (disambiguation). ...

The carving of nutcrackers—as well as of religious figures and of cribs—developed as a cottage industry in forested rural areas of Germany. The most famous nutcracker carvings come from Sonneberg in Thuringia (also a center of dollmaking) and from the Ore Mountains. Wood-carving usually provided the only income for the people living there. Today the travel industry supplements their income by bringing visitors to the remote areas. Religious is a term with both a technical definition and folk use. ... A traditional nativity scene from Naples, Italy A nativity scene, also called a crib or crèche (meaning crib or manger in French) generally refers to any depiction of the birth or birthplace of Jesus. ... The use of the term has expanded, and is used to refer to any event which allows a large number of people to lalalawork part time. ... This article is about a community of trees. ... Sign in a rural area in Dalarna, Sweden Qichun, a rural town in Hubei province, China Rural areas (also referred to as the country, countryside) are settled places outside towns and cities. ... Sonneberg is a Kreis (district) in the south of Thuringia, Germany. ... The Free State of Thuringia (German: Freistaat Thüringen) is located in central Germany and is considered one of the smaller of Germanys sixteen Bundesländer (federal states), with an area of 16,200 km² and 2. ... For other uses, see Doll (disambiguation). ... Winter scene in the Ore Mountains. ...

Steinbach Nutcrackers have become popular in the United States as well, and a recreated "Bavarian village" of Leavenworth, Washington even features a Nutcracker Museum. Many other materials also serve to make decorated nutcrackers, such as porcelain, silver, and brass; the museum displays samples. Leavenworths main street reflects its modelling on a Bavarian village Leavenworth is a city in Chelan County, Washington, United States. ... For other uses, see Museum (disambiguation). ... “Fine China” redirects here. ... This article is about the chemical element. ... Brazen redirects here. ...

Carvings by famous names like Junghanel, Klaus Mertens, Karl, Olaf Kolbe, Petersen, Christian Ulbricht and especially the Steinbach nutcrackers have become collectors' items. // The hobby of collecting consists of acquiring specific items based on a particular interest of the collector. ...

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