We began to understand the assembling process. Juan carefully showed us how he carved a small piece of willow to make the core of the flower and then add the thin wooden leaves one on top of the other. Little by little, the final result appeared in the hands of this skillful craftsman.
Juan inherited this craft from his father and has been practicing this original work for over 25 years. He shapes the flowers with agile moves and then finishes it with an airbrush fed with aniline of different colors. Patience and skill are the essential element for this art.
Finished works were displayed on the walls waiting to be sold. We admired their esthetics and durability. We bought some and realized the technique appears to be simple but it has its secrets. Of course Juan knows them perfectly well.
When seen from a distance, they are as pretty as natural flowers. When we look closer, we can understand how this handicraft has conquered the market, even outside Chile. Art has no frontiers and the wooden flowers created in Pucón have an unmistakable seal and remain in time.
Juan Castillo Morales
Address: 240, Caupolicán Street – (4920000) Pucón - IX Región - Chile
Te: +56 45 65012028 and cell phone 97868817
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