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.