Colombia

Participant Portfolios / Pacific Rainforest

Casimiro Perlaza Mena

carpenter, wood carver, Quibdó

Casimiro Perlaza is a carpenter who works with a wide variety of wood found in the Pacific rainforest. He builds wooden pans for gold panning and rayos, the traditional washboards used by women for washing clothes in the river.

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Casimiro Perlaza Mena
Casimiro Perlaza Mena

Casimiro Perlaza Mena demonstrates Pacific wood carving techniques. Photo by Cristina Díaz-Carrera, Smithsonian Institution