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Project by belden posted 269 days ago 1152 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is project I did for my mother in law’s church. The project is 40”X 30”. There are about 24 different types of wood and approximately 500 pieces. Total project time was about 120 hours over 5 months.

Types of wood:
Cow: Red cumara, Walnut, Oak, Pine, Ebony
Donkey: Cedar, Ebony
King holding staff: Robes – Canary wood, skin tones – jobillo, hair – bocote, headdress – pine, staff – wenge, eyes – ebony
King with clasped hands: Robes – purpleheart, skin tones – jobillo, headdress- pine, eyes -ebony
King holding oil lamp: Outer robe – padauk, inner robe – cedar, head dress – pine, skin tones -jobillo, lamp-walnut, flame-yellowheart and padauk, hair – wenge
Archway: Marblewood
Ceiling: Beams – bubinga, surface – mahogany
Outside: Sky-birch, Star – Yellow heart, tree – poplar, hills – kuari, ground- bocote, fence – bubinga, buildings – mahogany, walnut
Walls: African mahogany and walnut
Joseph: Outer robe -zebra wood, inner robe – wenge, hair -walnut, skin tones – jobillo
Mary: Robes – Canary wood, head dress – maple, skin tones – jobillo
Baby Jesus: Blanket – maple, straw – yellow heart, crib – cocobolo, kuari, skin tones – oak, hair – wenge,
Shepherd: Bottom robe – mammoth kauri, top robe – red cumara, skin tones – jobillo, hair- bocote.
Sheep: Wool – maple, cedar, hoofs – walnut
Ground: Cherry, shadows – walnut





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socrbent

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#1 posted 269 days ago

Wow! how could you get this complex project done that fast?

-- socrbent Ohio

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Hawaiilad

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#2 posted 269 days ago

Only 120 hrs. to make that…that is really something nice to look at. I’m sure the Church folks will love it.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#3 posted 269 days ago

Welcome to LJs!

Nicely done on the Nativity.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#4 posted 269 days ago

This is really cool. How thick are the pieces?

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belden

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#5 posted 269 days ago

Thanks for the comments. The pieces range from 1/8th inch thick (birch sky) to 1 1/4 inches ( sheep in the foreground)

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#6 posted 269 days ago

Outstanding marquetry .

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#7 posted 269 days ago

Outstanding—very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Woodbridge

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#8 posted 269 days ago

beautiful work!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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scrollingmom

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#9 posted 269 days ago

Very nice. That turned out wonderful.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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OldWolfsWoodShop

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#10 posted 269 days ago

Awesome, you are a true artist!

-- Making Sawdust is great stress relief... www.oldwolfswoodshop.ca

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Mathew Nedeljko

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#11 posted 269 days ago

Wow, just gorgeous…only 120 hrs!

-- Aim high. Ride easy. Trust God. Neale Donald Walsch

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bowtie

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#12 posted 269 days ago

great work, beautiful detail

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru.... cccedar.com

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shopdog

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#13 posted 269 days ago

Amazing intarsia

-- Steve-- http://www.urbanexteriors.biz

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#14 posted 268 days ago

Wonderful! Well done!

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#15 posted 268 days ago

Wow, that is amazing. The detail is absolutely spectacular. Great work.
DP

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