The “Pillar of Blooms” is a majestic piece that exhibits nature’s brand of organized chaos. It features a highly intricate layout of flowers and vines crawling up the trunk, each of them ornately detailed and carved on a solid piece of reclaimed katmon wood.
ABOUT THE STUDIOS
From a legacy of high standards
Paete is a remote town in Laguna where woodcarving flourished as the primary tool of the trade since the early Spanish Colonial period. The word paet itself—meaning “chisel”—ingrains in its residents the importance and value of woodcarving in their lives. This lifestyle has instilled in local artisans the value of high standards, natural restraint, creativity, and the relentless persistence for their craft.
injecting oppurtinity into the
local wood-carving industry
circular consumption that is
kind to Mother Earth
empowerment of women
local heritage and
Pulido—polished, refined—means more than simply the quality of work.
We pride ourselves in elevating the Filipino wood carving industry through a grassroots approach of involving both emerging and seasoned wood artisans in the creation of beautiful and useful art pieces.
Marites Aves is open to anyone who wishes to contribute to the cause by donating wooden material. Instead of discarding these materials, interested parties can contact the studio to discuss details about the timber and how it can be shared with the artist, along with the rich stories behind them.