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Carved Santas Done The Old Fashioned Way

The carving has begun for the 2016 Santas, I will have a large assortment of both the cottonwood bark Santas as well as the basswood Santas to choose from. I also plan on carving out some “jumbo” Santas that will be 12″ tall and about 5″ wide. As always, there will be some carved Gnomes and Witches to choose from as well.

Frank Ebersold’s carved Santa designs are carved chip by chip using old style hand sharpened tools with carving methods that have not changed much over time. The process is time consuming but the results are rewarding. On the workbench below, you can see some freshly painted ornaments as well as a newly carved Santa patiently waiting for paint in the background. All of the finishing work on the carved Santas is done throughout the year in the carving studio by hand.

Carved Santa Witing For Paint

There are some interesting designs in the works from carved basswood Santa’s to cottonwood bark Santa’s. The cottonwood bark comes from Montana and is harvested from dead trees. I try to leave some of the bark showing and I carve around the natural wood, working in the wood pecker holes and other natural features of the wood!

Halloween carvings sometimes alternate with Christmas carvings-to make things interesting! An example is the Santa on the right standing on a pumpkin or the “Grinch” styled pumpkin head below.