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Scrolled Nativity Sets - Natural Maple and Painted Versions

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Project by Sheila Landry (scrollgirl) posted 580 days ago 1487 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Those of you who know me know that I am pretty bad about posting my finished projects here. In the flurry of my latest organizational extravaganza, I decided that I will be much more prudent with doing so. There are some projects that I really enjoyed designing, and because they get put into the magazine that I work for (Creative Woodworks and Crafts) they are put on the ‘back burner’ because I can’t really post them until they are published and I wait a reasonable amount of time. Usually by then, I either am on to something else or forget about them completely. This nativity set falls into that category.

I believe I designed this two years ago. It is made of 1/2” thick maple and cut on the scroll saw. As you can see, I finished two versions of this set – one version that is brightly painted with DecoArt Americana acrylic paint and the other set which is finished with clear polyurethane.

In unpacking this set along with my own Christmas decorations, I realized just how much I liked this! The figures stand about 3-4” tall (the manger is about 6” at the highest point) and each set contains the holy family, the three kings, a shepherd and two sheep and an ox and donkey, as well as the small manger piece. This is a nice piece for any mantle, table, or wreath. They would even look nice as ornaments cut 1/8” thick.

I hope you enjoy seeing it. I can see myself developing this plan into a larger yard-art piece for next year, as I think it would make a nice scene for your front lawn.

Thanks for looking! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"





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jerrells

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#1 posted 580 days ago

Very nice looking – thanks for posting

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Blackie_

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#2 posted 580 days ago

That is so cute! Shelia

You just made me realize something, I posted a couple projects related to the holiday spirit several weeks ago Santa Sleighs and it never dawned on me to use my scroll saw for cutting on the skids until I saw your posting here. I was doing it the hard way with my bandsaw and sanding, it could have been so much better on the scroll saw, I’m such a goof. :)

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 580 days ago

Thank you Jerrell!

Wow, Randy! Your sled is beautiful!! I can’t believe you cut those runners on the band saw! I see so much band saw stuff that would very easily be accomplished on the scroll saw! While it may be a little more difficult to do straight cuts, the curves and other parts would be a breeze! I am glad I saw your project. I do miss them sometimes! Thanks for posting the link and I look forward to seeing your next project using your scroll saw too! :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 580 days ago

Beautiful job Sheila.

Lee

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Blackie_

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#5 posted 580 days ago

Shelia thanks!

The skids were cut from a 4” x 2” wide block of maple once they were cut then I sliced them into 3/8” slices but I think if I’d made the slices first then used the scrollsaw the cuts would have been much cleaner and I would not of had to make an entry point as you see in the top of the skids where they glue to the bottom of the sleigh, your work is so beautiful too.

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Rick13403

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#6 posted 580 days ago

Nice job on the manger Sheila. I don’t have the luxury of forgetting about projects. I have to get them right into the shows without getting any pictures or anything.
Rick

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Jamie Speirs

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#7 posted 580 days ago

What a nice scene Sheila

I can imagine this being popular at this time of year.

I might make one with my grandson in the summer.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 580 days ago

Wow Sheila
This is really a great looking nativity set . Love it.

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Celticscroller

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#9 posted 580 days ago

Love the nativity set. i think the painted one is my favourite.
By the way, I sent you a private message yesterday.

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Surfside

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#10 posted 580 days ago

Out of this world project! Impressive!

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Roger

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#11 posted 579 days ago

Like I said before, somewhere, this is a beautiful Nativity set Sheila

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#12 posted 579 days ago

I love your avitar Roger! You look positively “JOLLY!!” :D

Thank you all for the nice comments! This one is fun to do whether you paint or leave it natural. A great starting project for anyone who wants to scroll. :)

Sheila

-- Contributing Editor, Creative Woodworks and Crafts Magazine, If you like reading my blog, come visit at Sheila Landry Designs http://www.sheilalandrydesigns.com "Knowledge is Power"

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sras

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#13 posted 579 days ago

This is a great scroll project!! Nice one Sheila!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 579 days ago

Beautiful Belen! Manger is called Belen here. The colors are bright and gives emphasis on the objects. Both cutting and painting were done by a master. Good luck for this season.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 579 days ago

Very nicely done! Merry Christmas.

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