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Hello! I am from Santiago, Chile, and I was lured to California by my lovely wife. I have been making hardwood percussion instruments for nearly 20 years. I am also fascinated by pre-Columbian artifacts, and I have worked for the Museum of pre-Columbian art in Santiago researching and building various instruments. The Cancaguas that I make, for example, are replicas of the instruments developed by the Arica culture in the northern coastal area of Chile more than 1000 years ago. It's a beautiful piece, and also makes an enchanting sound. Those guys were way ahead of their time.
I work with a variety of hardwoods. I try to avoid buying new hardwoods, as they take a very long time to grow and cutting down the trees is not sustainable. Instead, I buy used wood from local demolition projects, or I collect leftover wood from cabinet or furniture makers who cannot use the small ends, perfect for me!

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  • Born on February 10
  • Joined March 21, 2011

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About

Hello! I am from Santiago, Chile, and I was lured to California by my lovely wife. I have been making hardwood percussion instruments for nearly 20 years. I am also fascinated by pre-Columbian artifacts, and I have worked for the Museum of pre-Columbian art in Santiago researching and building various instruments. The Cancaguas that I make, for example, are replicas of the instruments developed by the Arica culture in the northern coastal area of Chile more than 1000 years ago. It's a beautiful piece, and also makes an enchanting sound. Those guys were way ahead of their time.
I work with a variety of hardwoods. I try to avoid buying new hardwoods, as they take a very long time to grow and cutting down the trees is not sustainable. Instead, I buy used wood from local demolition projects, or I collect leftover wood from cabinet or furniture makers who cannot use the small ends, perfect for me!

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