About 10 of us (adults & kids) were able to take a tour of El Artesanal, a workshop where they make different products out of the local "palo santo" tree (Bursera Graveolens). It was a sacred tree for the indigenous people who used it for medicinal purposes. El Artesan uses only branches or trees that have already died; they do not harvest trees. However, they are growing lots of palo santo seedlings and replenishing the forests.
They make a variety of products from palo santo including incense, oils, candles, etc. We were there for about an hour learning how they processed the wood, drew out the oil, dried the incense, used a local berry as a kind of "glue", etc. Dante also showed us a great dining table and door that he had made out of palo santo -- works of art!
Spanish & Italian are spoken.
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