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    I’m almost done with my “last” nativity set. I have some sanding and finishing to do on the pieces. The set is from the books by Helen Gibson. I have spent almost 2 years on it, so I don’t plan to make another one and my wife promised me she wouldn’t give this set away. It’s been fun because it has challenged me, but I’m ready to move on and do something else. If you want to post some constructive criticism, it is welcome. Thanks for looking.
    Michael
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    Michael
    An absolutely beautiful set of carvings. I see nothing to.criticise. Are you going to paint or stain them?
    Larry

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    • #3
      Stunning work and very nice details. Carvings are nice and crisp. So yes, will you apply a finish/paint and how large are the pieces?
      Bill
      Living among knives and fire.

      http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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      • #4
        Beautiful work. A set to be treasured.
        Bill K
        Every day should be unwrapped like a precious gift.

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        • #5
          Yes indeed, this is a set to be proud of, well done sir
          . . .JoeB

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          • #6
            Nicely done, Michael! Being half-way through a nativity set of a similar number of pieces, I agree with you, one set is more than sufficient! I have that Helen Gibson book, and if I ever carve another nativity, that's the one it will be. Nice figures in it.
            Arthur

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            • #7
              Looks awesome, Good work.
              Herb

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              • #8
                Hi Michael , I see a lot of Effort and Determination that went into these Pieces , now to bring them to Life with some Painting . Good Job. Like to see them when finished. Merle

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                • #9
                  Thanks everyone, for the kind comments. After I got started on about the 3rd or 4th piece, I was beginning to think I may have bitten a little more than I could chew, but I determined to finish because at that point I was confined to the house. I didn’t plan to paint the pieces because I love seeing the wood grain, what little it has. I’m thinking of maybe some tung oil, but if I find something I like better I may change my mind.

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                  • #10
                    Beautiful work! Whatever you try for a finish, try it on a piece of scrap of the same type wood first to see if you like it. Your nativity set is too good to mess up....
                    Claude
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                    • #11
                      Thanks Claude. I have a high respect and admiration for everyone on this forum, so I do my utmost to not take comments or suggestions lightly. If you have another idea for finish that would look as good as tung oil, that would be appreciated because I don’t like the drying time nor the smell of it. Lol! If I get it all ready for sanding soon, drying won’t be a problem except for space. I’ll have to move it out of my shop to finish a couple of other pressing projects that must be done by the last week of July.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by cut up View Post
                        Thanks everyone, for the kind comments. After I got started on about the 3rd or 4th piece, I was beginning to think I may have bitten a little more than I could chew, but I determined to finish because at that point I was confined to the house. I didn’t plan to paint the pieces because I love seeing the wood grain, what little it has. I’m thinking of maybe some tung oil, but if I find something I like better I may change my mind.
                        I'm a believer in tung oil but I have used some boiled linseed oil with a tad of Raw umber oil paint, for the antiquing stage of my painted caricatures. I recently did some without the faces painted and at the "antiquing stage" I applied the BLO...wow really made the plain grain pop out.

                        Bob K did a recent carving that he finished in BLO with a tad of raw sienna and it is stunning. So, I'm trying more and more of it and might transition to "no" paint. I'll check and see if I can find the piece he did here on the forum. Oh here: https://forum.woodcarvingillustrated...lly-moonshiner
                        woodburner807
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                        Last edited by woodburner807; 05-08-2019, 11:22 PM.
                        Bill
                        Living among knives and fire.

                        http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                        • #13
                          Thanks woodburner. That’s kinda what I had in mind. I’d forgotten how the raw sienna brought our the details. I really like that. I guess I’ve got to make another trip to town to buy some BLO and some raw sienna.

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                          • #14
                            Might get some raw umber while you are at it...just try it on a similar piece of wood. Please post what you like the best...I'm not averse to learning.
                            Bill
                            Living among knives and fire.

                            http://www.westernwoodartist.com

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by cut up View Post
                              Thanks everyone, for the kind comments. After I got started on about the 3rd or 4th piece, I was beginning to think I may have bitten a little more than I could chew, but I determined to finish because at that point I was confined to the house. I didn’t plan to paint the pieces because I love seeing the wood grain, what little it has. I’m thinking of maybe some tung oil, but if I find something I like better I may change my mind.
                              I always feel like I have bitten more than I could chew LOL....but it always works at in the end. Beautiful form and design work...I really like it. I would not paint it,....if you need an extra kick, then a little darker stain in the cracks....but agree wood grain always looks better....
                              . Explore! Dream! Discover!” aloha Di

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