Erzgebirge Inspired Nativity

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My wife mentioned wanting a new nativity and I happened to be online, looking at woodworking items from the  Erzgebirge mountain region of Germany. So, yesterday, I dove into my scrap bucket and made this for her.  My favorite part is that there is no finish applied. All parts were polished on the lathe. 

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Very unique nativity and beautifully done. Terrific!
Nicely done!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice job

.................. John D....................

Nice! When I first saw the project on the front page, the “nativity” was cut off, and I thought it might be a chess set, which would also be a cool use of scraps.

I’m also reminded of the physics joke, “imagine a spherical cow…” and thinking you might need another critter or two…

May you have the day you deserve!

Neat design.  Nice use of all the various wood types.  
Very well done.  I try to make a different Nativity every year or so.  I really like this one you have made.  Beautiful!
Really nice, John!

Now, who can name the various woods used? I'm guessing Joseph's body is...maybe...Rosebud?
thats real cool john. i like the way you finished them with no "finish" ! it's nice to see some veteran members posting again. 

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

That nativity set is Devine!  Great job!

daveg, SW Washington & AZ