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While wandering through the shop today, I found Randa's work station where she is assembling 3-D Creche Ornaments.


So many hands are involved in the process to get it to this point. The olive wood logs are delivered to the shop. Downstairs, on the ground floor of the shop, is the Men's Workshop. There the men cut the logs into smaller pieces and they supply the women upstairs with slats of olive wood to create the elements included in this design. The men also complete the base and the roof of the creche. The slats are sent upstairs where the women stamp the design onto the wood and expertly cut the shapes, the palm tree, the manger scene, the star, and the back, out of the wood. They sand the rough edges off each piece and this brings us to bins of pieces ready for our artisans to assemble. 



Randa has already begun the assembly process for some!


The base and the back joined together.


The roof has been added!


A neat little stack, one step closer to completion.

Randa and Rania will put glue them together. The other ladies will put the finish on them, attach a ring and ribbon, and here we have an ornament ready for this holiday season!


A lot of steps go into this incredible creation!


So Beautiful!




A wonderful way to say "Merry Christmas!" to the loved ones in your life!


For more on this fascinating process, some friends of the shop have created a video of the Tabletop Creche! Same idea, different size. 


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Guest Tuesday, 25 June 2019