Amador Claus (Panama)
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Amador Claus (Panama)
Released in 2015
Only 100 Issued
Designed and Painted by Mary Jo Gross from Aloha, OR
Orginal Carving by Mark Bair
All our collectibles are 100% Made in the USA
Approximately 8" tall
There is a unique backstory to Amador. My wife and I decided to take our two daughters on a 5 to 6 year journey around the world, "Worldschooling" them along the way. We left the US in Oct of 2014. Our first year on the road, we chose to live in a little fishing village in Pedasi, Panama. We have immersed the girls in the language and culture and we're all learning to live with 100 degree heat all year 'round. (Way worse than AZ was.) So Panama was an easy selection for one of our Santas this year. The little dog in the scene is actually a real dog here. He hangs out on our road. He has a severely undersized bottom jaw, compared to his upper jaw and we call him Derpy Dog. (Kind of looks like the dog on The Simpson's cartoon, who appropriately enough is called "Santas Little Helper." Although we didn't go with that name for obvious copyright reasons. Ha!)
As we continue our travels, I'm sure we'll be personalizing our future Santas, grabbing ideas as we move around the world. You can follow our travels at letsjusttravel.com. We'll be getting to our next destination, Mexico, on Dec 6th, 2015.
2016 UPDATE: We are now in Spain having already spent 10 months in Mexico from Dec of 2015 to Oct of 2016. Now we've been in Spain since Oct and we're planning to move on to South Africa in Jan of 2017. The journey continues. Be sure to check it all out on the blog, linked above in the previous paragraph.
2017 UPDATE: In 2017 we've lived and/or stayed for a bit in South Africa, Holland, Dubai, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malaysia, Cambodia, Spain, Italy, Germany, Belgium and Luxembourg. As of Nov 2017, we are in Thailand. But we're heading to Colombia on the 1st of December. Reading where we've been this year, I'm sure you can figure out which Santa this year was influenced by our travels. (HINT: South Africa)
Amador Claus is from a small fishing village on the Azuero Peninsula, called Pedasi. Every Christmas he and his helper, Derpy Dog, hands out fireworks to the villagers before the Christmas Eve celebration. But only to the families who have children on the nice list. Every Christmas the entire town enjoys the fireworks show for miles. Panama loves fireworks!
Since 2013, each of our Old World Santas have one of the most important documents in western civilization embedded into the center of each one. We fold up and encase into the center of each Santa, a copy of the Declaration of Independence. It is the bedrock of individual liberty and defines what is unique and, well... let's face it, great about America. We find it befitting since we are, after all... Great AMERICAN Collectibles.
In addition, the artistry of our pieces has been stepped up tremendously since 2011. From 1988 to 2010, our pieces had a more simple, folk art (almost spartan) look to the artistry. However, since 2011, we stepped up the look to an incredibly detailed presentation. It's jaw-dropping gorgeous, while still maintaining its folk art roots. Although the artistry is much more detailed and distinct than our old style of painting, they all still have the folk art carved appearance that we have all come to know and love about Great American Collectibles. But the time it takes now, to paint just one Santa, is orders of magnitude more than the older method. Hence the higher price points. But along with the higher price point comes a piece of art that retains even more value as time marches on. We hope you enjoy it.
In addition, this particular Santa includes his story engraved onto a wooden "chip" as well as having an engraved wooden stand attached to the underside of the Santa. As always, each Old World Santa is a limited edition collectible and is serially numbered.
He's brand new, in the original box with all the original accessories including his story chip (engraved wooden plaque.)
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