The photos in this entry were taken in July 2004, back when I was still using a Kodak LS443. We were driving along Sumulong Highway in Antipolo when we passed this souvenir shop. I was pretty surprised to find a shop in Antipolo selling hand carved wood products. Woodcraft is an industry traditionally associated with the Northern Provinces of Luzon. According to the sales girls, the products were made in Baguio City. That figured.
Above, wooden salad spoons and forks depicting natives of the Mountain Province.
These inlaid wooden spoons and forks really caught my eye. My grandmother had similar wall ornaments in her dining room.
This pineapple inspired wooden salad set cost PhP 325.00 back then, if I remember correctly.
Ah, this three-foot high wooden piece of a girl resting her head on an oversized hand was not for sale. If it were, I would have bought it. Made from solid wood, it looked so calm and serene.
The souvenir shop can be found on the stretch of Sumulong Highway where the stalls of suman and kasuy sellers are located. It’s the only shop there selling woodcraft.