If anybody else goes to Belize contact me. I have a contact I can pass on. I ended up going to his shop and having a little shop time. My wife was pissed that I wandered off with a local even after she asked me not to do that. He was very proud of his shop and wanted me to see it. He did some of the work with power tools but it is mostly a machete and sandpaper.
The flecks don't really show that well in the pic but they almost look like scales. Some of these guys really know how to best utilize a piece of wood. I love them all. That Jaguar in the pic is from Zircote root and it is beyond awesome. If I had more money it would have come home too. I agree I really enjoyed getting a tour from him. He showed me some of his work in a local museum. We talked about our mutual time doing construction. We talked about being young and dumb and how we enjoy having some age and staying out of doo doo. It was a real highlight of this trip.
I got carvings from 3 different artists. No they were not expensive and neither was the wood. Any of you could afford one. I make very little and stuck to smaller ones. Next trip I will get bigger pieces from Egbert because his big pieces are incredible.
@Kevin , thanks for moving I meant to do a quick post and it kind of ran on.