Hand-Carved Cottonwood Christmas Ornament Loretto Chapel Santa Fe New Mexico
These magnificent hand-carved cottonwood ornaments were created by New Mexico artists Neal and Ophelia Crosier, a husband and wife artistic team who work side by side in their studio to craft their extraordinary pieces. Each element of these ornaments is meticulously hand-carved, with beautiful detailing.
The ornaments are crafted from pieces of real New Mexico cottonwood tree bark which the artists gather from the surrounding outdoors and then carve. The unique texture of the cottonwood bark realistically simulates the appearance of the rugged cliffs and bluffs of New Mexico, resulting in a truly remarkable one-of-a-kind piece of art.
This collection of ornaments is part of a series of ornaments created by the Crosiers featuring the historic churches of New Mexico. The historic Loretto Chapel in Santa Fe, completed in 1878, is famous for its miraculous spiral staircase, which has two 360 degree turns and no visible means of support. Legend says that the staircase was built by an unknown traveling carpenter who appeared at the chapel in answer to a novena offered by the Sisters of the Chapel to St. Joseph, patron saint of carpenters.
- Each ornament is a unique work of art, with a one-of-a-kind size and shape determined by the piece of wood from which it was crafted, and with individual variations in paintwork and design
- Signed on the bottom side by the artist
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