Wood has many uses in Mexico. Domestic uses include
spoons, bowls, furniture carved with flowers, birds, and animals;
inlaid boxes and guitars are some of the other products made
out of wood. The whimsical carvings from Oaxaca, are a recent
phenomena which stem from the tradition of hand carved wooden
toys. Most figures are carved within a day or two, and the shape
of the branch to a large extent dictates what can be made. Once
carved and sanded the figures are painted with bright acrylic
paints. Typically the men in the family carve and the women
paint the figures.
Epifanio is one of several artists mentioned in
the May 1991 edition of Smithsonian Magazine. His story and
work is also featured in Oaxacan Woodcarving; The Magic in the
Trees, by Shepard Barbash, Chronicle Books, San Francisco, CA.
Epifanio has won numerous awards in regional and national contests
and has participated in exhibitions throughout Mexico and the
Epifanio carves and Laurencia paints.