Gabriel Eduardo won honorable mention in woodcarving in FOFA’s 2008 young artists’ competition with his piece “The Badger,” carved by Gabriel Eduardo and painted by his mother, Cristina Antonio Herrera. For this young artisan this figure is a work of art, because it is all of one piece, rather than several segments joined together.
Gabriel Eduardo began woodcarving when he was 8 years old, always making figures of animals, such as crabs, gorillas, giraffes, and buffaloes. To make “The Badger,” he used knives and machetes to give it form. Gabriel Eduardo considers himself a unique artisan because of his ability to create pieces that range from very small to large, each of which carries a small piece of him. His carvings are inspired by his dreams that he proceeds to give life in wood.