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November 22, 2008

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Barn Plans

Wow, these are very unique furniture.So simple yet sophisticated because of the art work added to it.

MikeTheWaiterDotCom

I am awstruck by the beautiful photos....very, very nice...
happy holidays from indiana, USA mtw

Jody

Is Cuanajo also the town where ornately carved furniture (beds, trasteros, etc.) is carved and NOT painted? Not a big fan of the painted furniture, but I really love the more natural look of the wood. Is that done somewhere else in Michoacán or is it not done anymore at all?

Jody, some unpainted furniture is also from Cuanajo, although it's made in several other towns as well. Maybe you're thinking of muebles rústicos, which are made all over the country. I've seen wonderful pieces, for example, in both Tlaquepaque and Tonalá, Jalisco.

muycontento

Trivia, which I believe to be true based on the source (a well educated mexican music aficionado and friend). When the explorer Humboldt passed through this part of Mexico he heard some music of the Purhépecha. He liked it and wrote it down as best he could. When he returned to Germany he gave it to his friend Beethoven and it is now a small part of the 7th symphony. I don't know how to describe it, but it is a very familar part.

glorv1

I will definitely take the bench with Frida Kahlo and Diego. Wow,these are beautiful. Very creative. Thx for sharing. Have a great Thanksgiving.

Steve Cotton

Some great examples of how the practical can be artistic and still retain its practicality. I have an artist friend who specializes in art pieces based on furniture, but the pieces are not usable as the table or chair they resemble. I would be tempted, though, to tell people they had to take off their clothes to sit on the Frida-Diego bench. I suspect both Frida and Diego would appreciate the request.

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