Ironwood Carvings

Sun, Mar 5, 2017

Since Santispac Beach is 13 miles from Mulegé, vendors step up to supply the goods.  The fish mongers, veggie sellers, bakery goods, water suppliers, etc.  Another is a family that carves ironwood.

Copying from Wikipedia, Mexican ironwood carvings is a handcraft that began with the Seri indigenous people of the state of Sonora. The wood comes from Olneya tesota, a Sonora Desert tree commonly called ironwood . It is a slow growing important shade tree found in northwest Mexico and the southwest U.S. The wood it produces is so dense that it lacks air bubbles and sinks in water.

We met Carlos and his father on our way down but didn’t buy anything.  Now that our trip is about to wrap up, I thought is was high time to support the local merchants.

Carol was on board and wanted a 15″ palm tree with 14 leaves.  Each is removable for storage and it’s a beautiful piece.  We also picked up a small whale tail, always loved that phrase since it’s used to describe the spoilers on classic Porsche 911’s.

Our buddies also picked up a tree of quail, a scene with turtles, a whale and an eagle.  Beautiful stuff.

We visited his studio where I shot these pics.




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