I recently accompanied my cousin’s husband visit a woodcarver’s shop.
Who’s the woodcarver?
They use the wood of the Batikuling tree. Description: a large tree, Litsea Perottetii, of the laurel family, the wood of which is soft, fragrant when fresh, easy to work, and not subject to the attacks of termites, or white ants. It is one of the most useful woods of the Philippine Islands, and is used for making writing-desks and other articles, taking the place of pine.
Some of the woodcarving tools around the workshop:
The workshop contained several objects that unmistakeably belong to a woodcarving workshop.
I didn’t meet the man himself. Instead I met his son, Franco, whose work has already been featured in a popular local car magazine.
He came out inside the pages of the May 2011 issue of Top Gear, a popular car magazine in the Philippines.
Have you ever wondered how many religious statues there are in the Philippines? It seems there’s an altar or two in every house. The population is 80% Catholic and religious statues are a big part of Catholicism. Little wonder then that religious statues would become a woodcarver’s bread-and-butter.
These heads may become angels.
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