Trip to Oaxaca: Bamboo Fence


Leaving the familiar for the unfamiliar has a way of heightening your senses and allowing you to see things in new ways. That’s one of the wonderful things about travels, especially if they take you far away from the every day.

Yesterday I arrived with my husband Barry and friends to the hills of Oaxaca, and today we oriented ourselves to our little village. We lunched outside beside a pond where the air was perfect and the Modelo beer refreshing, and on the walk back home bought some very good mescal from the back of a pick-up truck. We spied the internet café where I’ll make this post and watched a man unload firewood from his burro just outside our gate. We reflected on the contrast of the high tec just steps away from life lived seemingly unchanged for centuries.

Along the dusty narrow streets lined on either side with high adobe walls and fences, many woven bamboo ones like this one made practical use of local materials.

Schacht Spindle

Schacht Spindle Company, Inc. was founded during the back-to-earth movement of the late 1960s and its accompanying craft resurgence. Their first loom was a simple tapestry loom, a version which they still make today. Over nearly 50 years, Schacht has developed a broad range of high-quality hand weaving and hand spinning tools, including their popular Cricket Loom and Ladybug Spinning wheel. Schacht’s mission is to create beautiful and well-designed products that enhance customers’ weaving and spinning experience through innovative problem solving, creative ideas, skilled woodworking and craftsmanship, and friendly, knowledgeable customer service. Schacht’s family-owned business is located in Boulder, Colorado.