Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Oaxacan Wood Carvings

Woodcarving started in the Oaxaca Valley in the 1940’s. While tending sheep and farming, young boys would carve little animals as a pastime. Borrowing ideas from the Linares Family in Mexico City who made mystical animals out of paper mache, the carvings became more and more creative, and much sought after. In the state of Oaxaca there are little towns that have become famous for their “alebrijes” including Arrazola, San Martin Tilcajete and La Union. An “Alebrijes” is a fantastical creature, brightly painted and carved from Copal wood, and sometimes tropical cedar. We enjoy visiting Oaxaca, and seeking out young new artists. Much patience is required for the intricate painting.

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