Despite Halloween being just around the corner, I go where my creative spirit leads me. This past week, I was moved to finish carving a miniature Nativity set I started last year.
Joseph, Mary, Baby Jesus, an angel, two shepherds, and the three Wise Men riding camels were all carved from from Butternut.
After carving all the people, I thought they needed a little stable.
I used a quarter to give you an idea of this set's true size.
Joseph is the biggest, standing a whopping two inches high.
Mary's face is so tiny, I had to leave it blank, going for the "Waldorf" style. Jesus lies in a wee manger and is less than an inch tall.
The shepherds were probably my favorite to carve. It was fun trying to make tiny little details in their clothing. The one shepherd even holds a walking stick.
Each Wise Man and camel are one piece, which was extremely challenging not only trying to figure out how to do it, but also being careful not to break off the camels' delicate legs.
The whole group, including a Waldorf-style angel.
Here is the entire piece. I added a wood star I traced and cut out using my bandsaw. I then painted it yellow and covered it in gold glitter. It's attached to the stable with a wire.
A close-up. For the stable, I cut and glued pieces of wood to make it. Then I embellished it with brick scrapbook paper, wood pottery, striped fabric, hay, and even a tiny little chicken peeking out from behind the fence.
To really get inspired to finish this carving, I kept listening to "What Child Is This?" and "Oh Come, Oh Come, Emmanuel." Both are a perfect fit when carving a creche.
A thin piece of wood acts as a base for the entire piece. Only the stable is secured down so you can constantly rearrange the people. The bottom even has "sand", which is a sand-gel mixed with sand-colored acrylic paint. I love working with as many textures as possible.
I think Santa Claus is next!