Wood with incrustation
The work of hand-made Mexican wood with shell inlays was made from revolutionary times in musical instruments at the request of the singing miners who worked in the mines.
The Nith, is the community inheriting this tradition born in Orizabita, Ixmiquilpan, which, with the valves of abalone, charred bone, and aromatic juniper wood give rise to hundreds of these precious objects. Once the shell figures have been finely cut, they are stuck to the bottom of the hollow made of the juniper piece with commercial glue.
The burnt bone powder is placed in the palm of the hand and moistened with water and gum to form what the craftsmen call "black paste" with which it covers the entire decorated surface, as well as all the shell figures, to spread it completely with a knife or some other instrument. You have to wait for it to dry and then polish it with an emery cloth or with a sandpaper to remove the excess of the paste from the inlay and give it shine.