Alberdi makila|Since 1980|dedicated to the art|of making makilas

Alberdi makila
Alberdi makila
Alberdi makila
Alberdi makila
Alberdi makila
Alberdi makila
Alberdi makila

Makila, the basque stick

Since 1980 the artisan Iñaki Alberdi has dedicated to the art of making makilas. His life has always been associated with wood, because since childhood he saw his father and brother work with patience this material in the workshop. Some years before, he realized that just as in the Basque Country (of the french side) there were people who followed the tradition of creating makilas, in the Basque Country (of the spanish side) this tradition were completely lost.
After years of hard work, Iñaki he achieved to rescue from oblivion the traditional Basque walking stick, one of the oldest symbols of Basque culture.
In 1991 the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Navigation of Guipúzcoa (one of the seven Basques provinces) handed a diploma to Iñaki in recognition of his work as a craftsman and his effort to enrichment and perpetuity of Basque cultural heritage.
Nowadays, his son Beñat keeps the tradition, becoming third generation of artisans Alberdi.

The workshop

Alberdi’s work shop was founded Irun on 1948 by his father Joxe, a great wood carver.
The workshop of Iñaki Alberdi is in the ground floor of the parental house, where he lives.
It is equipped with a vise with wooden grips, another minor to working metal caps and some shelves to keep the rods. Besides, Iñaki Alberdi use the emery board, as well as welding materials, punchs of different types, hammers, number of files, burins ...
Mr.Alberdi does by hand almost all tasks about manufacture of makila.