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This hand painted Cypress Knee has a snowman friend! He is wearing a red coat with black and white trim and is wearing glasses. I left his hat the natural wood - I love to see the patina of the wood. This knee had an unusual bump that I painted to look lika a "feather tree." Both Santa and the snowman are holding stars to decorate the tree.

This Santa is 12 inches tall and 3-1/2 inches at its widest point at the base. I use acrylic paints and a matte finish on all of my cypress knees.

If you like my Santas but don't see exactly what you'd like, let me know. I love to make custom Santas! (click on my "sold" orders to see a few examples.)

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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Santa Cypress Knee Handpainted Wood Santa Figurine


  • Handmade item
  • Materials: Louisiana cypress knees, acrylic paint and matte varnish
  • Ships from Oklahoma, United States to select countries.
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