This video is part of Canoas, cayucos y balsas a materials and process research project by Engel Leonardo in collaboration with MAOF to construct prototypes of a fleet of Caribbean nautical vessels utilizing materials form natives trees constructed with techniques from pre-columbian times to the present.
Our research intents to re-frame our current knowledge of materials and crafts in search of multi-vectorial interactions with other islanders. This research will reactivate practices of the original inhabitants of the Caribbean archipelago, with the intention of returning the gaze and body to the sea and our broaden the understanding of an island that has finite resources.
The results and findings of the expedition will be published periodically through notebooks/publications and a website, which will function as a logbook and reference material for other artists and craftsmen.
This video shows the process of piercing a royal palm and consists of making a longitudinal cut removing part of the exterior wood to reach the solid wood, then the fiber is removed from the interior, carving it with different tools and techniques, finally we burned it with a controlled fire (breaststroke) to take all the fiber residue.
Video Cayuco, el proceso de agujerear una palma real y consiste en hacerle un corte longitudinal removiendo parte de la madera exterior donde se encuentra la madera sólida, después se le retira la fibra del interior tallandola con distintas maneras (tallandola) y se terminar de eliminar quemándola con un fuego controlado (braza)