First I went to our local lumber yard and purchased a 1x12x6 piece of clean pine. Pine that has very few or no knots in them. Then I came home and drew the pattern onto the board. I have plenty of board left over to make other things with. When I draw on the pattern I make sure that the bottom of the camels legs and the bottom of the camel are at the edge of the board. This insure that I have a nice flat surface for the bottoms. I use my scroll saw and cut out all the pieces. I then use a belt sander and a dremmel tool to completely sand all the pieces. I round the edges on both sides of all pieces too. This process took me 2 hours. That includes cleaning up all the saw dust. (Which makes my hubby very happy!!!)
Next I bring the pieces inside and get them all painted. I only do one coat of acrylic paint. I want the wood grain to show through. This is a 3 dimensional craft so I paint all sides of each piece. This does not take real long. The paint dries fast so I can turn them over to paint the other side. I also purchase a 24" plaque for the base. This I stain with some wood stain.