On Christmas Eve, my good friend Alberto Granados posted about a wonderful shop of handmade toys and its maker: a modern Geppetto. The child in me gazed, nose pressed firmly to the glass, into this marvelous world of handmade wooden toys that move and fly and sing and kiss. Alberto (and Paco Munoz, the artisan) has graciously permitted me to steal a few images and share them here with you, my blogging friends!
As Alberto writes:
" This modern Geppetto creates trains, planes, wheels and carousels, puzzle pieces to fit, clocks and calendars, bowling as soldier, trucks and in recent years is specializing in automation: a doctor who gives a cardiac massage to her patient , a series of blocks that make up and down a few balls until they return to the starting point for a slide, a pianist who plays a score of blues, a robot, animals that slide ramps, a couple who turns his head to be passionate kisses, a rower that moves your boat ..."~ from " Wood, more wood"
a plane I'd dearly love to fly !!
No plastic, no metal, no mass production. Each piece dreamed and lovingly crafted by furniture designer Francisco Munoz and his team of artisans. I was especially enthralled by a piece Alberto describes as a 'doll church' - a church built much like a dollhouse ....... but not just ANY church, oh no:
"It is quite peculiar, beneath a universe that includes several priests, a sacristan, several altar boys, the faithful and a preacher, an organist, a choir singing ......."
(the priest moves, the altar boy sways, the officiant blesses)
and beneath it all, in delicious allegorical irony .....
I would like to add 'lawyers' to that basement tableau !! However, considering Spain's current state of affairs, bankers and politicians are 'spot on' for Hell. So, next time you are in the neighborhood of beautiful Granada, Spain, stop by Geppetto's workshop ......"... appears as a witty antithesis, a basement where sits a hilarious Hell divided into two areas: bankers and politicians."
.... wander through this magical world, and have a coffee with my friend Alberto who will tell you where all the best food, music, art, literature and toys can be found in Granada, Spain !! Tell him I send 'a thousand kisses ..........'
Mil besos, Alberto y muchas gracias !!