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Happy Holidays

While decorating this year, I tried my hand at creating a Man head ornament made out of balsa wood and parchment paper. I used an x-acto knife, super glue and a mostly-steady hand.

The actual man design specifications are apparently not published. But the org did share a blog entry in 2008 focusing on the man head design, suggesting it is accented subtly from year to year.

Initially, I tried to measure photos of the man head to get a feel for the length of each side, but ultimately just improvised until I had something that looked about right.

The face lattice has five vertical lines and nine horizontal. Each crossing is notched on both sides, which meant 90 cuts not including a few mistakes. The project took about four hours.

A few friends suggested doing a large 3D one in the place of an angel at the top of the tree. Maybe next year!

Wishing you and yours a happy holiday season.