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My name is Daniel Castro, and I come from a line of artisans that work with Guayacan wood from one generation to the next. I have been working with my hands, creating sculptures for 22 years now (most of my life).  My two brothers and I share the Taller Arte Taino workshop, and we work together with three or more artisans, depending on the amount of work we have at the time or the magnitude of any given project.

    
We normally handcraft our pieces from Guayacan wood (Guaiacum officinale), or Mahogany wood (Swietenia mahagoni), the way the Tainos used to. In order to control de forestall devastation, these and many other trees are currently protected by law, so we comply with all regulatory permits to be in line with the sustainability of the environment.
We also work in stone and marble.
          
Our inspiration is in nature itself: animals, people and Taino figures. We have pride in our work; we are always looking for new and different models. Our pieces of art stand apart by the exceptional attention to details and our effort to make every order/project personalized.
If you want to contact Daniel Castro at Taller Arte Taino, please send us an e-mail at rmarte@greenartmarket.com and we will be happy to deliver your interest and promote a direct interaction with the artisan.
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Wood Fish Keyring - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Turtle, smooth back, small - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Fish, small - by Taller Arte Taino
Wood Fish Keyring - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $6.00
Sale Price: $4.25
Savings: $1.75
Wood Turtle, smooth back, small - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $12.99
Sale Price: $8.79
Savings: $4.20
Wood Fish, small - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $18.95
Sale Price: $9.99
Savings: $8.96
A nice little detail for a special someone, this keyring shaped as a fish is light an you can really appreciate the wood grane in it inspite of its size. The figurine on the keyring is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
5"L-1.75"W (including ring)

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Turtles are one of the most popular animal sculptures Daniel Castro works in Guayacan wood. The smoth sanded surface allows you to appreciate the natural grane of this noble material. The figure is hand made, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
1.5"H-4"W-3"-D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Beautiful wood carving work, where you can see the grain of Guayacan in its various shades. The figure is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
4"H-6"W-1.75"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Wood Elephant, small - open trunk - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Elephant, small - closed trunk - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Turtle, carved back, medium - by Taller Arte Taino
Wood Elephant, small - open trunk - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $15.00
Sale Price: $10.95
Savings: $4.05
Wood Elephant, small - closed trunk - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $15.00
Sale Price: $10.95
Savings: $4.05
Wood Turtle, carved back, medium - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $16.99
Sale Price: $10.99
Savings: $6.00
This detailled sculpture of an elephant with his trunk in the air promises to bring good fortune to your home. It is frequently purchased in pairs. The figure is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
6.5"H-4"W-2"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
This detailled sculpture of an elephant with his trunk curved promises to bring good fortune to your home. It is frequently purchased in pairs. The figure is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions: 2.8"H-4.5"W-1.5"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Turtles are one of the most popular animal sculptures Daniel Castro works in Guayacan wood. The smoth sanded surface allows you to appreciate the natural grane of this noble material. The figure is hand made, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
1.3"H-7"W-4.3"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Wood Shark, medium - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Dolphin, medium - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Turtle Ashtray, medium - Taller Arte Taino
Wood Shark, medium - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $18.95
Sale Price: $11.99
Savings: $6.96
Wood Dolphin, medium - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $18.95
Sale Price: $11.99
Savings: $6.96
Wood Turtle Ashtray, medium - Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $13.99
Savings: $5.00
Daniel Castro was inspired by tropical Caribbean fauna when he carved this shark sculpture from Guayacan wood. The figure is hand made  from certified sustainable wood.

Dimensions: 2.8"H-8.5"L-3.3"W

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Dolphins are always swimming around on Dominican coast line, you can see them almost fly by your side when you go sailing, thus part of our everyday life is reflected on this wood sculpture. The figure is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
2.25"H-7.5"L-3"W

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Turtles are one of the most popular animal sculptures Daniel Castro works in Guayacan wood. The smoth sanded surface allows you to appreciate the natural grane of this noble material. The figure is hand made, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
1.5"H-7"W-4.5"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Wood Buho, medium - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Taino Cohoba God - by Taller Arte Taino Guayacan wood Taino Totem
Wood Buho, medium - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $18.99
Sale Price: $13.99
Savings: $5.00
Wood Taino Totem - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $20.00
Sale Price: $15.95
Savings: $4.05
This beautiful buho is carefully carved in Guayacan wood. The sculpture is sure to give your home d�cor or your office desk a lovely touch. It is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
5.75"H-2.5"W-1.5"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
This is a figurine inspired by Taino artcraft; during the ritual of the Cohoba, the Tainos would inhale a hallucinogenic powder from the flat top of this figure. The sculpture is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
6.2"H-1.8"W-1.2"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
This wood totem is inspired by Taino artcraft found in historical excavations. Is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable wood.

Dimensions: 7.5"H-3.3"W-2"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Wood Taino Cemi - by Taller Arte Taino Taino Duho Guayacan wood Taino Totem
Wood Taino Cemi - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $20.00
Sale Price: $15.95
Savings: $4.05
Wood Taino Duho - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $24.99
Sale Price: $16.99
Savings: $8.00
This is a figurine inspired by Taino artcraft, the cemi idols all represented a force of nature in Taino culture. The sculpture is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions: 7.75"H-3.4"W-1.75"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
This Taino Duho or ceremonial seating is made out of Guayacan wood. In Taino society, the chief used this seating to preside the ritual ceremonies. It is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable wood.

Dimensions:
3.5"H-9"L-3.5"W

Materials:
Guayacan wood
This wood figure is inspired by Taino artcraft found in historical excavations. The Behique was the whitch doctor, the healer of the tribe; and the one in charged of the Cohoba ritual. This piece is hand made by Daniel Castro, carved from certified sustainable Guayacan wood.

Dimensions:
9.5"H-2.8"W-2"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
Wood Woman Sculpture - by Taller Arte Taino Wood Woman Sculpture - by Taller Arte Taino
Wood Woman Sculpture - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $25.00
Sale Price: $21.95
Savings: $3.05
Wood Woman Sculpture - by Taller Arte Taino
Our Price: $34.95
Sale Price: $23.99
Savings: $10.96
This sculpture of a woman is the reflexion of Daniel Castro's inspiration on nature and the human figure. One of his most requested pieces, normally purchased in pairs. It is hand made, carved from certified sustainable wood.

Dimensions:
9.5"H-2.75"W-1.75"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood
This sculpture of a woman is the reflexion of Daniel Castro's inspiration on nature and the human figure. One of his most requested pieces, normally purchased in pairs. It is hand made, carved from certified sustainable wood.

Dimensions:
9.5"H-2.75"W-1.75"D

Materials:
Guayacan wood