Manger scene made of Cypress Barn Wood

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 07-09-2010 07:55 PM 6639 views 2 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We’ve been gathering things to donate to Goodwill, & came upon this manger scene.

I had made this quite some time ago. ( Approximately, 1982 )

We thought this would be nice to share with LJs.

This is my own design, but anyone can copy this if they’d like to.

The size of the bottom piece is 14 1/2” wide, by 8” deep.

The side pieces are 8” wide, & 8” high at the peak

I carved the star out of White pine, it’s 4” high by 2” wide.

The figures are ceramic. I had made some wooden silhouettes, but can’t locate them right now.

This piece isn’t going to Goodwill.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#1 posted 07-09-2010 08:02 PM

Nice work Dick a nice rustic look so appropriate for a manger.

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#2 posted 07-09-2010 08:24 PM

That’s sweet, Mr. C… :)
How long ago do you figure “quite some time ago” was??

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#3 posted 07-09-2010 08:30 PM

it’s beautiful.
isn’t old barnboard beautiful.

I’m glad that this falls into the “treasured piece” category!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 07-09-2010 08:34 PM

This is really Beautiful Dick, I’m glad you decided to keep it. Something like this is irreplaceable. What a simple yet wonderful reminder of Christmas. Thanks for posting. By the way that’s a beautiful star!!!

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#5 posted 07-09-2010 09:52 PM

Thanks to all.

I estimate the date was around 1982.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 07-09-2010 10:09 PM

That’s nice Dick.


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#7 posted 07-09-2010 10:13 PM

Very nice Dick.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 07-10-2010 12:03 AM

You did a great job on this. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 07-10-2010 01:54 AM

Nice one Dick.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 07-10-2010 07:11 AM

I think it’s sweet. It’s a keeper.

-- Janice

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#11 posted 07-10-2010 10:23 AM

I really like this piece. It makes one stop and think about the events and austerity of this truly magnificent event. Thanks for posting. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#12 posted 07-10-2010 02:00 PM

It is really beautiful! It looks like it should be a family treasure for you to keep. The cypress is so appropriate for the project and it really brings a beautiful mood into the piece. What a great find to come across after so many years!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#13 posted 07-10-2010 02:15 PM

Looking real nice Dick I like old barn lumber projects. I used to have a manger made of end slabs from ccutting lumber It was for the outside Woudent you know it , someone helped themselves to it about 2 years ago. I cannot belive what some people will do anymore.

-- wchips

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#14 posted 07-11-2010 01:03 PM

Thank you all, for the nice comments.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#15 posted 07-11-2010 10:13 PM

Very nice Manger scene Dick, my wife collects them and we have thirty that stay up all year long, then the special ones that come out at Christmas. I don’t dare let her see this one.

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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