Jacobo and María are from the village of San Martín Tilcajete, Oaxaca. This village is famously know for it's carvers and Jacobo and María's taller is among the finest. They concentrate their carvings around the Zapotec figures of "Tonos" or "Nahuales" known worldwide as "Alebrijes." Each piece is elaborately decorated using "Mixteca-Zapotec" iconography. Some of the larger pieces can take up to a year and a half to complete. They also focus on educating young people in their intricate techniques and the symbolism of their ancestors.