I have titled this post The Wood carver, an extraordinary talented Chilean Artisan who makes his livelihood out of Beautiful intricate wood carvings. The wood carver’s shop is in Pueblito Los Dominicos, a village of quaint adobe brick shops, I think of it as a Hamlet housing around 200 unique Chilean shops, located on the outskirts of Santiago in a Heritage listed zone. I won’t go into the history of Pueblito Los Dominicos, as you can find its colourful history by Google, I prefer to let you see it through my eyes. This captivating village with its 200 craft shops is a veritable wonderland of Chilean and Mapuchee culture. A sample of the shops include, Wool work with Alpaca Fleece, Clothing, Jewellery that includes the semi precious stone, Lapis Lazuli which is mined in both Afghanistan and Chile, Chilean paintings, original Mapuche Pottery, Silversmithing, Leatherwork, Sculptures and Copper cookware.
This is the second time that I have visited this Craft village, the first time was in 2009 when I was first introduced to the fascinating craft of Matchstick carvings, I was not disappointed on this occasion and was again able to add to my growing collection, I now have over twenty beautiful pieces, the carvings are so intricate and unbelievable, all carved out of a simple matchstick depicting various scenes, some Religious and some with incredible imagination, The Artisan advised that due to age and eyesight, he was coming to the end of his career as a Master Craftsman of Matchstick Carving, understandable but a magnificent talent. I have posted before on Matchstick carving with a few examples, however the photographs do not do it justice, I need a very small lens to illustrate the small intricate carvings. From Matchsticks we go to the opposite spectrum of carving, Artisans who carve monstrous pieces, pieces that are displayed in Churches around Chile, Crucifixion statues, Virgin Mary’s, various Saints, pieces so large they adorn many churches and are monstrous in size, not only Religious Icons, but huge pieces that adorn the Bow of old sailing ships, much as you would see in old Pirate movies, there are large Book shelves, intricate furniture pieces, and a myriad of pieces that the mind could imagine.
I selected this one Master Woodworker to illustrate his skill, Shop and Wares, he has an extensive array of wares for sale, some tourists may think them highly priced, I certainly didn’t as I watched him work, some pieces take many months to complete, his skill and efforts in his intricate trade are well worth the price, we bought a few pieces and are proud to display and celebrate his Craftmanship.
Our visit to Pueblito Los Dominicos was, and always will be, a very culturally and memorable experience, I leave you to enjoy a few photographs of a very talented man, The Chilean Woodcarver.