Mezcalero Card Case
Each walnut case is hand-carved and just like batches of mezcal, no two boxes are the same. Holding up to 5 years worth of Mezcalero cards, it makes for the perfect centerpiece to your Melate collection as it truly embodies the artisanal spirit of this region.
7 in stock
“Since a little boy I have really liked carving with walnut, cedar, and to a lesser extent cypress, and leaving my creations natural rather than painting them; each piece of wood I use, sourced from those kinds of trees, has a unique character, color, and grain”.
Efraín, wife Silvia Gómez, and their four children age 14 to 20 earn a living in the Oaxacan village of San Martín Tilcajete making alebrijes and also his one-of-a-kind hardwood creations. Efraín learned his craft from his father and grandfather. In fact, his uncle, the late Isidoro Cruz, was the trailblazer of the alebrije tradition in the village.
Efraín is occasionally asked to travel to the US to promote his craft, as well as to participate in museum exhibits. Those projects center upon advancing the more common alebrije artistry for the benefit of the family, the village, and Oaxacan folk art more generally. But Efraín’s true passion is his other work, which inspires him to think outside of the village box, which is rather atypical for San Martín Tilcajete.