Xylocopa is on summer vacation!
Our store is currently closed as we are in the process of moving our house and workshop. Regular operations will resume in the fall. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope to delight you with a whole new lineup of products (and all our old favorites) later this year!
A few examples of our inlay work, these tailpieces add a subtle touch of color to the instruments they decorate. Working from one of our original drawings, we precisely cut tiny pieces of veneer and painstakingly inlay them by hand. The result is carefully sanded and polished to bring out the natural glow of the wood.
We created a series of skull masks to be cut out of sturdy paper (or repurposed manila folders, in this case). The masks were then handed out to friends and used to decorate during the 2007 annual Tucson Day of the Dead celebration. This one has discovered a new life as a most unusual lampshade.
The mask below was created by layering cutouts of painted white matboard, a much more elaborate process.
We're big fans of BICAS, the local Community Center for everything bicycle-related. BICAS is amazing - they run an open workshop where anyone can come in and learn how to repair and maintain cycles, build bicycles from salvaged parts for the community, and are an integral part of the Tucson scene.
Of course we had to contribute a few things to their annual art auction fund-raiser. We got involved rather late, but we did manage to come up with two things by the time of the auction: a nice cruiser-themed card and an art-deco style 'bicycle parking' sign.
All the proceeds from the art auction benefit BICAS, so if you happened buy one of these items, we hope you were generous with your bids! The five cards you see in the picture are the only ones we've produced so far, so you might want to hold on to them in case we ever become rock stars or something.