Palo Fierro... or "Iron Wood" is the wood from a tree of the Fabaceae family.

(latin name: Olneya Tesota).

It grows in the SONORA desert in northern Mexico.

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The tree is an evergreen that can reach a height of 9 meters and a circumference of 7.5 meters. It is one of the heaviest and densest woods on earth (it does not float). The trees grow generally to be more than a hundred years’ old: it is a rare and precious wood that can only be sculpted when it dies naturally and dries on the spot for about 3 years. The wood is naturally dark, with highly visible veins.

The artists do not dye it or varnish it, but wax it with shoe wax and polish it.

Each item is entirely hand-made by adult craftsmen. Their production brings income to many Mexican villages.


Each Palo Fierro sculpture is unique.
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