I have always loved nativity scenes so I decided to start carving my own sets. I bought a few books on anatomy and carving human forms, I experimented with several styles, and bought a couple of pattern books to learn the basics of carving the nativity. Eventually I decided I liked some of the detail work of the European carvers combined with the simplicity and antique feel of American folk art. I designed my own set, made clay figures to test my designs and started carving. I still have those clay models and am constantly redesigning the figures (I may move an arm, tilt a head differently or even totally redesign a character). I am also experimenting with new figures. I am working on shepherds that are sitting and kneeling, Mary and Joseph and a donkey walking towards Bethlehem and even camels and horses for the wise men. Below are a few pictures of some sets I have carved and some stable scenes I have experimented with. **click on the picture to see a larger view.
I entered this set in the 2010 Idaho Artistry In Wood competition and earned a blue ribbon. ** click on the picture to see a larger picture
I also carve some other Christmas items - Santa Claus carvings.
Here is a nine inch Santa carving walking and leaning into the wind. It was really a lot of fun to carve.
Most of my carvings are sold as commissions but I do have carvings that are for immediate sale and can be seen at the See What is For Sale page on my website. If you are interested in a commission please contact me. The carvings for immediate sale can be purchased with Paypal or by contacting me by e-mail or snail mail.
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