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Project by belden posted 12-04-2013 12:15 AM 1654 views 4 times favorited 22 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 12-04-2013 12:25 AM

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

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#2 posted 12-04-2013 12:32 AM

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 12-04-2013 12:44 AM

Welcome to LJs!

Nicely done on the Nativity.

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#4 posted 12-04-2013 01:18 AM

This is really cool. How thick are the pieces?

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#5 posted 12-04-2013 01:26 AM

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 12-04-2013 01:35 AM

Outstanding marquetry .

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#7 posted 12-04-2013 02:05 AM

Outstanding—very nicely done!

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#8 posted 12-04-2013 02:53 AM

beautiful work!

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#9 posted 12-04-2013 03:07 AM

Very nice. That turned out wonderful.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#10 posted 12-04-2013 04:49 AM

Awesome, you are a true artist!

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#11 posted 12-04-2013 05:37 AM

Wow, just gorgeous…only 120 hrs!

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#12 posted 12-04-2013 11:05 AM

great work, beautiful detail

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#13 posted 12-04-2013 01:30 PM

Amazing intarsia

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#14 posted 12-04-2013 04:51 PM

Wonderful! Well done!

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#15 posted 12-04-2013 07:04 PM

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

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