Growing up in Ayacucho, Peru, which has been around since about 1540, Fredy Huamán Mallqui had been surrounded by a rich history including centuries-old architecture and a legacy of craftsmanship. He started learning from master carvers at nine years old and was later trained by the Peruvian Ministry of Culture to conserve fine objects dating from the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. After coming to the US in 2012, Fredy has done work for Fair Lane, the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan, and designed and carved the decorative elements for the replica of the 1914 Estey Organ, in collaboration with The Schantz Organ Company.
What is your skill/craft?
Ornamental & architectural woodcarver and wooden objects conservator
How long have you been doing this?
30 years approximately, I started when I was nine years age
How did you get started?
With master carvers in the city of Ayacucho-Perú, as an apprentice
What motivates you and pushes you forward in your craft?
Because I loved creating forms with my hands and my carving tools, especially because this is my main profession.
Who and what have been the biggest influences in your work?
My city, its known as the Peruvian capital of craftsman, I was absorbed by the different expressions of art, and the richness of the architecture, which is as a result of the syncretism between Spanish and local cultures.
What's your favorite project you've completed?
I have many,it is difficult to say, but some of my most recent historical restoration project was at Fair Lane, the former home of Henry and Clara Ford, in Dearborn, Michigan. I was in charged to design and carve the ornamentation and decorative elements for the replica of the 1914 Estey residency Organ, in collaboration with The Schantz Organ Company from Ohio.
To what degree do you employee traditional techniques and tools and do more modern processes or tools play a role in your work?
I employed 95% traditional techniques, I am a classical hand woodcarver, I use machines some machines only for basic work: table saw, joiner and bandsaw.
You can find more of Fredy's work at his website: fredyartworkrestoration.com
See also: Fair Lane Acquires Organ for Fords' Living Room
The Early American Artisans Fair is November 1 - 2, 2019 at Harvest Ridge Event Center in Millersburg, OH. We are expecting artisans who practice in the following:
Also happening on the grounds at Harvest Ridge the same weekend is another event - Earlier Times Antiques and Folk Art Show. Located in a neighboring building, Earlier Times vendors bring with them a collection of antique and primitive furniture and related items. The grounds at Harvest Ridge will offer visitors a great opportunity to explore finely crafted objects from pre-industrial through modern times.