Posted on 22 August 2016
We first met Joaquin at an artshow in Tlaquepaque and immediately knew we would have a lasting relationship with this talented artisan. After that first meeting, each trip we would take to Patzcuaro always included a visit to see Joaquin. He specializes in hand-carved wooden crosses and other objects such as retablos, frames, and hearts. His "taller" or workshop, on the outskirts of Patzcuaro, is a busy place where his son, daughter, and other family members help to create his unique pieces. First, Joaquin designs the piece, then it is hand-carved and hand-painted to his specifications. Most of his pieces are adorned with milagros, or "miracles". These are small metal religious charms depicting animals, virgins, saints, body parts, etc. that are typically pinned onto clothing of saints or virgins and added to shrines or altars. Joaquin truly is one of the masters.