Collecting Don´s wooden sculptures

Collecting Don´s sculptures in wood can be very exciting and entertaining. Through the years I accumulated quite a few pieces and I enjoy very much having them around. Don inspired himself from Mexican folklore and designed remarkable pieces that would represent bats, scorpions and other symbolic animals from the Mexican …

The palo fierro dominoes sets from the Seri Natives

Some time ago I published a post on Don S. Shoemaker´s dominoes sets. These game sets were made in 2 different versions: the “tronco” (organic design box) and the boxed sliding lid models; the former also had a first series with a matching wood lid and the ones produced by …

Treasures for your dinner service from Don´s Gift Line

There always was this magical atmosphere in Don´s studio/home, it felt like being a child in a big toy store every time we visited him. To resist his delightful Gift Line collection was virtually impossible, no matter how, the discovery of a new piece or gadget that could match with …

Don´s Gift Line – Home Bar Essentials

Sometime ago I already mentioned in one of my posts that Don had an extensive and very creative “Gift Line”. This Gift Line included all sort of articles for any thinkable occasion: presents, boxes, toys, sculptures, games, bar and gourmet accessories, desk utensils, organic designs, decorative objects, painter tools, jewelry, …

Accessories for every occasion

Don never wasted an inch of his precious woods, everything ended up in his creative laboratory. He magically converted remaining small tropical wood pieces into bar and gourmet accessories, desk utensils, organic designs, decorative objects, gifts, painter tools, jewelry, etc. It was an adventure to take a tour around Don´s …

Boxes for all kind of trinkets

Don S. Shoemaker tropical woods boxes are well known. I have seen them on the web and on display in vintage boutiques in Mexico. They were mainly produced in rosewood, in different designs and shapes, many of them include elaborate parquetry work in cueramo, cocobolo, granadilla, white mahogany and many …

A rare coffer in solid tropical wood

This time I am pleased to share with you another rare piece of furniture of my personal collection: An overwhelming coffer model, one of the very few produced at SEÑAL, S.A. Very heavy, made in solid “cueramo”, a rosewood variant. As far as I know, only two of these exist. You can view …