This is the showroom of Master Carver Luis Potosi!
San Antonio de Ibarra has been known for decades as the "City of Wood." If it's wood carvings of any size, from small wooden key chains and whistles, to literal works of fine art that would decorate any fine art museum then San Antonio is the place to find it...or have it made.
Two carvers hard at work in their taller.
While there are many "talleres" and wood carvers by the score in and around San Antonio de Ibarra, most are carvers of the "rustic" variety, content to carve without all the detail of a real work of art.
There are some, who truly create, and one such would be the galleries of Luis Potosi.
Carving more ornate figures in wood!
Luis Potosi started carving in 1957 and established his on gallery shortly after that. He has taught more than 100 carvers the trade, and in turn these students have taught relatives and family members the secret of wood carving.
As a result, hundreds today in Ecuador have work as a result of what one man has given, unaffected by what many might consider creating his own competition. Yet Luis Potosi is confident in his ability to create art, and not imitate, but give opportunity to others to produce likenesses using their ability and uniqueness.
Unique combination of wood and Tagua!
Wooden Chess sets have become very popular during the last 20 years, and Ecuador has a fair number of artisans creating some first class sets, full of detail and personality.
The Master. Luis Potosi.
When you visit Ecuador, one of those cities you won't want to miss is San Antonio de Ibarra, and the gallery of Luis Potosi. It is one of those places that offers a variety of carvings, and the beauty of an artists hand.