Nativity Commission

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Turned nativity set from African blackwood, basswood, bocote, cocobolo, jatoba, maple, padouk, and wenge.

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#1 posted 12-09-2019 01:25 AM

Very beautiful.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 12-09-2019 02:08 AM

Very nice.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#3 posted 12-09-2019 04:05 AM

Well done! I’ve become a fan of this style of turning figures. I think these are as nice as any I’ve seen.

-- Jim, Georgia, USA

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#4 posted 12-09-2019 06:45 AM

Nice and simple….just the way I like them!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#5 posted 12-09-2019 01:19 PM

Simplicity, Beauty, Art!

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#6 posted 12-09-2019 06:01 PM

Simplicity, Beauty, Art!

- olderkirk


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 12-09-2019 06:34 PM

Beautiful! I really like it.
I understand how they are made except the veil / cloak on Mary, and Joseph’s head dress thing. How do you make those?

-- Pete

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#8 posted 12-09-2019 08:50 PM

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#9 posted 12-10-2019 12:39 AM

Pete, Joseph’s head dress began as sort of little cup with an off-set ID that I carved to make an opening for his face. Mary’s head dress started as a rectangle that I chucked up off-center to create a round recess for the head to fit in. It was thinned down some more on the lathe, but I think the bandsaw might have been a lot faster. I then did some carving on it to make it match up with other contours. Mary’s cloak was a turned cone that was sawn in half on the bandsaw then doweled to the body underneath the head dress. You can do a lot of peculiar stuff with a lathe and some flexible thinking.

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#10 posted 12-10-2019 06:39 PM

Thanks! I’m impressed. I’ve never tried any offset turning. Sounds like I’ll have to now.

-- Pete

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#11 posted 12-12-2019 01:56 PM

Beautiful shapes and the lack of small details lends a certain calm and solemnity to the scene. very well done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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