OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Woodcarver Herbert Haseidl carves a figurine in the shape of a oriental dressed Holy King for a Christmas crèche at his workshop on December 1, 2011 in ... more 
OBERAMMERGAU, GERMANY - DECEMBER 01: Woodcarver Herbert Haseidl carves a figurine in the shape of a oriental dressed Holy King for a Christmas crèche at his workshop on December 1, 2011 in Oberammergau, Germany. Oberammergau woodcarving tradition, which is the most famous in Bavaria, has its roots in the 12th century, though Haseidl says that the tradition is dying out both from a lack of new generations of woodcarvers as well as competition from wood figurine factories in northern Italy and Asia. In Oberammergau approximately 50 woodcarvers still churn out figurines of mostly religious motifs throughout the year. (Photo by Johannes Simon/Getty Images) less 
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