"As a family, we've been through good times and bad times. But we continue to be very close, thanks to the great passions we share — woodworking and sports."
The Gonzalez family's work in woodcarving began with the family patriarch, Ignacio González, who learned the craft at a young age thanks to the local parish priest, who set up a craft and trade school.
Newlywed at the age of 23, Ignacio was eager to get ahead. He began to work on his own and, later, he taught his neighbors and then his sons.
"One of our missions is to create a design that is beautiful, well-made and very special. Thanks to the originality and exclusivity of our furniture, it has been well accepted by shoppers. Woodwork is more than just a source of income for us. It's an inspiration and we enjoy it very much.
"In the beginning, we worked with rudimentary tools, some of which we made ourselves. By 2009, we were able to equip our workshop with machinery.
"I didn't want my children to be idle in their spare time, so I taught them woodcarving and also encouraged them to play baseball. This is our favorite sport and the most popular in our town. We've also included other members of the community in our project and, at the moment, I've taught our craft to more than 50 people. We want to contribute to the development of our town and its people, and we want to become an area known for artisan-crafted furniture.
"My son Ramón and I create the designs, make the patterns and cut the wood. Everyone helps to draw the motifs on the wood. My sons Ignacio, Ramón, Sergio and my nephew Sergio Macías carve and polish the wood. Sometimes my daughters Adela and Araceli help us carve. Finally, Ignacio constructs the furniture, and sometimes Ramón helps.
"As a family, we've been through good times and bad times. But we continue to be very close, thanks to the great passions we share — woodworking and sports. For us, Novica is a great hope for us and has strengthened our desire to work together as a family."