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This Santa is only 5-1/2 inches tall and 2 inches at its widest point at the base. I use acrylic paints and a matte finish on all of my cypress knees. You will notice in the pictures a hole in santas coat- it came with the knee when I got it, and is from a bird or bug of some kind. I find they only add to the charm of this piece.
Bald Cypress Trees grow in the swamps in Southeastern U.S. As the trees mature, extensions of the root system grow above the water or ground line forming a very unique shape. These root formations are known as "knees." Just like snowflakes, every knee is different, no two are alike. Collectors value this trait, knowing that regardless of the number of knees in their particular collection, they will never have two exactly the same.
Harvesting these knees does not harm the tree and the tree soon forms another knee and continues to grow. The knees are boiled and the outer bark removed and after they dry out they are ready to paint. I purchase my knees from Mathews, Louisiana. I study the knee and try to "Find the Santa" in each of them.
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