|Entrance to palapa workshop|
There is a funny little palapa structure that appeared, a year or two ago, south of Villa la Bella on the Caribbean side of Isla Mujeres. First it was the location of a refreshment stand, offering cold drinks to passersby, then it changed into a workshop area with all sorts of unusual things hanging or laying around.
|Purchased by friends|
|The largest table in Antonio’s display store.|
|Re-cycling wooden gate into a table|
|Antonio and Max setting up new table|
Wednesday February 1st he delivered both tables. We couldn’t be more pleased with the results. The one made from the re-cycled gate has been painstakingly inscribed, line by line, with the lyrics of a very old song “Vive” by Jose Maria Napoleon, and rewritten by Antonio’s friend Efrain.
He also added our favourite saying; no regrets, no bad memories. The base is a beautiful slab of Macedonia limestone from the Mérida area also called Crema Maya, set into a huge block of Zapote, a beautiful and tough tropical wood. The larger table has a base made from an old anchor, with a porthole accent and carved fish swimming across the surface of the gorgeous tropical wood.
|Beautiful lamps at Angelo’s Restaurante|
When I quizzed Antonio about his work he said he trained as an architect in Mexico City for two years, then when the teachers went on strike he moved to Barcelona Spain for a year to study photography.
With his creative mind photography was excessively two-dimensional, so he switched to creating beautiful things from wood, metal, stone, and glass.
|House name for Casa Crump del Caribe|
At times Antonio is difficult to locate. He is often in Cancun, or Merida or other parts of the Yucatan buying materials for his current creations.
Here’s his cell number
998-128-3060, and his email address is firstname.lastname@example.org!
Don’t despair! You can locate him, and it’s well worth the effort.
Antonio takes discarded items and turns them into works of art.