Lava Stone Carving
From the veins of Jalisco, from San Lucas Evangelista they extract the basaltic stone, raw material to create the best mortars and flat grindstone of Mexico, the first trade. Proud, the craftsmen say their ancestors have left traces to lead them to the mines. They free the stone by spout and shovel, or blowing it to their workshop. Keeping their tradition, they bring knowledge from parents to children thus honoring their ancestors. They evolve, working a technique that has given them fame, sculpting a variety of engraved pieces ranging from religious figures to animals, utensils, fountains as well as symbolism in pieces of talented designers.
Artisan: Ignacio García
San Lucas Evangelista, Jalisco, México
Text by: Laura Landeros Zuno.
Translation from spanish: Alejandra Vázquez.
Sources: Grandes Maestros del Arte Popular, Primera reimpresión, 2001, Fomento Cultural Banamex, México, D.F., http://artesdemexico.com, http://www.mexicodesconocido.com, https://sites.google.com/site/rechazadoyembutidodemetales/, http://www.buenastareas.com/ensayos/Rechazado-De-Metales/2701763.html, https://bifea.revues.org/4057?lang=en, http://www.piteadofino.com/piteado_fino_113.htm.