Andre Claus has long lived in the shadow of his more famous brother. He really doesn’t mind however, as he makes a comfortable living as a woodworker in the south of Lapland. He sees several advantages to this situation. The first is that he has relative privacy to get on with his work as most Claus-watchers go further north to seek out his red-coated sibling. The second is that it is warmer where he lives, and he gets the joy of greenery and fresh lumber, both of which his brother must import. He also likes that his forte is the making of practical woodwork. Okay, he can carve a toy train or doll as well as “S” ever could, but Andre prefers to make things that are still appreciated after February the First. Finally, he relishes that his work is his own. He hasn’t felt the necessity of outsourcing to Elves. So there you have it, a clear profile of a humble man. I do really appreciate his cooperation in allowing me to interview him, and long may he continue to make quality cabins, furniture, and canoes.