If you follow my blog, you might remember I starting carving the Nativity a couple of years ago. I still have not carved any animals. But, I did carve the angel this year. I mentioned in a earlier post that I paint most Christmas carvings. Most, not this one. The angel is carved from butternut and finished with several light coats of lacquer. I prefer lacquer instead of polyurethane. Lacquer actually builds up one layer, whereas poly creates multiple layers with each coat. Poly also yellows over time.