Traditional Jolly Santa Claus
and St. Nicholas
Christine Coffman enjoys carving Santa Claus as both the American
traditional jolly Santa Claus, and as the older version of St.
Nicholas who is often portrayed as taller and thinner and more
serious. When carving a Santa, or Saint Nicholas, Coffman has a
general idea of how she would like the Santa to appear, but as the
carving develops, Santa's head may take on a different angle, or
Santa's hands positions may need to be rethought to call attention
to what Santa is holding.
What Is Santa Claus Holding?
What Santa Claus is holding, be it a bear, or toy train or doll
depends on if it is a special order which must have Santa holding a
specific toy or if the Santa or Saint Nicholas is being carved as
stock and then the object can be decided as the carving nears
Mr. and Ms. Santa Claus
Coffman also has carved Ms. Claus. Having both Santa Claus and
Ms. Claus as a set can open up a whole variety of ways to display
the carvings. A Christmas tree can be added to the arrangement, and
elves, and Christmas toys. Also, by adding Ms. Claus, it puts the
setting of the arrangement more likely up at the North Pole and
Santa can be dressed more casually, possible showing Santa in his
suspenders and slippers. Requesting specific details like the toy or
the mode of dress can make your Santa order even more of an original
carving, and a one of a kind Christmas gift or, really, a gift for
Santa Claus Carvings From Different Woods
Usually, the larger Saint Nicholas carvings are from the
Butternut wood and the smaller, fatter Santa's are carved from
Linden wood. As you can tell from the photos on the Santa pages, it
is hard to tell from the detail just how large any of the Santa
carvings are. Linden wood allows the artist to suggest fine detail
even in the three inch carvings.