School technician's festive handiwork

PUBLISHED: 16:15 13 December 2008 | UPDATED: 13:48 06 May 2010

Chris with his nativity scene

Chris with his nativity scene

A NATIVITY scene has been created from discarded desks by a school technician. Chris Reeves, who works in the design and technology department at Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans, spent two months sculpting Jesus in his crib, Mary, Joseph and the A

A NATIVITY scene has been created from discarded desks by a school technician.

Chris Reeves, who works in the design and technology department at Nicholas Breakspear School in St Albans, spent two months sculpting Jesus in his crib, Mary, Joseph and the Angel Gabriel.

The four figures were made from old desks from the recently-refurbished science block which Mr Reeves, aged 54, laminated and stuck together before making the sculptures.

The technician, who has been at the school for six years, learnt the craft of carpentry from a man in a retirement home where he volunteered in his 20s.

But it was only when the school's head of religious studies, Ella McCarthy, asked the father-of-two to create a nativity scene that he put his skills to such use.

The nativity scene is now on display in the school reception and is likely to be moved to a local church in the future.

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