"...it's very satisfying to see our finished designs. There are moments when I finish a piece and take it to my bedroom, lie down and simply admire it."
"It's been a great challenge to work on our own, but our persistence and dedication have helped us move ahead with our project," Onorio says. My wife and I have always worked together and we've earned everything we have together.
"When we began building our house, I laid the blocks and my wife helped me. It was difficult, but I'm very proud we were able to achieve this together. Right now, we're working to put the finishing touches on our home and decorate it.
"I'm a dedicated artisan and have been since I was young. My wife and I create decoupage decor accents with a crackled, antiqued finish. I cut the wood, craft the items and do the finishing while my wife obtains the materials and organizes the workshop.
"I remember when I first saw a wooden picture in three dimensions. I asked about the materials needed so I could make one myself. I've always liked the art found in Mexico's baroque churches and I reinterpret some of them, but with my own unique style. This is how I became really involved with handicrafts and how my techniques evolved. I love my work so much that I don't care how many hours a design can take.
"I use manual tools, some of which I make myself. I also use recycled materials, especially wood scraps. Sometimes, when I'm walking on the street, I'll see a discarded piece of wood and imagine what I could do with it. So I pick it up and take it home.
"I love arts and crafts and, for me, it's very satisfying to see our finished designs. There are moments when I finish a piece and take it to my bedroom, lie down and simply admire it.
"Success is our greatest motivation. It's great when people like our work and select it to decorate their homes. We'd like to go as far with this as God allows us."