Tuesday, June 01, 2010

Salvador Tera and sons wood sculpture

Most of the wood carvers around the Patzcuaro area focus on masks but years ago Salvador Tera broke the Tocuaro tradition and started his wood sculpture business and his sons are following in his footsteps. Without knowing the full family history I assume Salvador is related to Felipe Horta Tera, a famous mask maker and son of Juan Horta. Much of Salvador's work is church commission and I've heard he has a piece in the Vatican.

I visited the workshop when Jennifer Rose drove over from Morelia to give me a partial tour of towns and crafts people around the lake. We also visited Jaracuaro and the hat factory.

Family in the Workshop

Where they cut the big stuff

Religious icons

A carver carving a carver
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