Olive Wood Jerusalem Nativity

by EarthWood

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This beautiful hand-carved Nativity is made out of olive wood from the Holy Land. Include this beautiful Nativity on your mantel this Christmas season and never forget the real reason we celebrate Christmas. At only 4 inches high, this small work of art, shares the bold message that Christ is born.

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EarthWood is a fine wood products company. The olive wood products are crafted in Bethlehem by the Giacaman Family. Ibrahim Giacaman, a master wood carver, shapes the olive wood into one-of-a-kind Nativity figurines and Christmas tree ornaments.

Ibrahim is a fourth generation Christian wood carver who, along with his father, Salem, runs the largest olive wood factory in Israel.

The family uses the olive branches pruned from olive groves for all of their carvings – trees are never cut down for the wood. The branches are dried for a year or more before the wood is ready for use. Great care is taken in selecting, drying and carving, to showcase the beautiful grains of each piece. Small cracks, imperfections and grain variation are part of their natural appeal.

Ibrahim first learned to carve from his father and grandfather, Elias. He studied art and sculpture in Bethlehem and later at the Academy of Fine Art in Florence, Italy. At the family business in Israel, where his father, three brothers and two sons also work, Giacaman creates all the designs and personally finishes and polishes each piece.

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