Los Balcones Canarios

The unique art of producing miniature Canarian balconies began 35 years ago when Domingo Burgos a formidable craft engineer, came up with the idea of establishing a workshop for creating these and other delicate woodwork. His son Philip Burgos, today continues this tradition but sadly, this will be the last generation to carry out this work since there are no descendants who want to continue the family business.

The process of the making the balconies is thorough and detailed, so it takes a long time to prepare and produce the various units. Given the prohibitive cost of creating a single balcony,  several units are made together maximizing time and materials. The construction process begins with the selection of wood both pine and Riga, which has to have all knots and unusable parts removed. Knots in the wood make it fragile, so any piece that have them are unusable.Subsequently, each piece is created separately doors, canes, chairs, tiles, baluster, railing, etc.

After that, it the piece can be assembled starting with the base followed by pilasters, and later the roof. Then follows the sill or front then along the bottom a row of canes is placed on this. Finally, after assembly, it is necessary to polish the wood. It is intended that the finish is not too bright as this can detract from the beauty of the Canarian Balcony.

The above was first published Casa Balcones
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