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Woodworkers of Jesus

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Woodworkers of Jesus

Hand-painted pinewood carvingEl Salvador "We've been able to provide work to people of limited resources, and we work together like a family, supporting one another. Today, my brothers and I assist our mother in all her activities.""We are from the warm and beautiful country of El Salvador. Surrounded by mountains, it is a privileged place in the shadow of the Cerro Miramundo with the coolness of the Cerro el Pital. Tourists interested in handicrafts visit our area in the Department of Chalatenango. "Our group, named 'Grupo Artesanal Madero de Jesús' in Spanish, was founded by my mother, Señora Aminta de Mancía," her...

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Fernando & Lidia

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Fernando & Lidia

Handcrafted home decor accents from dried calabash gourdGuatemala "We have big dreams and hope people everywhere can see our work. We hope you'll open your homes to our art."Born in Baja Verapaz, artisan couple Fernando and Lidia are known for their hard work, perseverance, and their love for their art. They work with the morro calabash gourd. "My parents worked with gourds and this is how I learned to prepare the materials, but it wasn't until I married Fernando that I learned more about this art. His family also worked with morro calabash. When we were at his house, his...

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Rigoberto & Carlos Conejo

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Rigoberto & Carlos Conejo

Handcrafted serve ware and home decorCosta Rica "We strive to innovate in designs with meaning and that share a glimpse of Costa Rica's beauty. This is a source of pride for us.""We've worked together since the 1980s. We grew up in an artisan family in a Costa Rican town known for its woodwork. This let us gain experience in our art."Our grandparents were well known for their woodwork and we've always been surrounded by beautiful artwork. My brother Carlos and I have focused on utilitarian designs for the home while we perfected our techniques. "It was Carlos who started working...

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Hugo Pena

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Hugo Pena

Wood carvingGuatemala "I want to innovate the realm of wood art by combining it with such materials as leather, textiles and ceramic, with contemporary designs.""I was born in a small Guatemalan village on the Caribbean coast called Izabal, and when I was three years old the whole family moved to the city. My parents were a powerful influence during my childhood and adolescence.  "Mother was a teacher and her vocation to continuous learning, teaching, and the gift she had to transmit her knowledge inspired me and marked my life. Dad also worked in academia and taught industrial art. He learned...

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Maria Estela Perlera de Portillo

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Maria Estela Perlera de Portillo

Hand-painted wood boxes and decor "Sadly, in 1999, my husband died. It was very difficult for the whole family, and I had to make a decision to continue with our artisan workshop. It wasn't easy.""I was born in 1965 in the Department of Chalatenango in El Salvador. I spent my childhood with my mother and six brothers and sisters in a beautiful natural setting. We had such good times playing together and enjoying nature. We grew up very happy and, because there were so many of us, I always had someone to play with. "When I married, my husband and...

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