A native tribe in the Philippines known as the Igorot is making headlines for their amazing wood-carving skills!
Igorot means ‘mountain people’ and the term was adapted from a name bestowed on them by Spaniards when they invaded the country in the 16th century.
It was used in an offensive way to imply they were unable to contribute to any progress to society.
They are now gaining attention for their impressive technological prowess in carving fully-functional bikes out of trees.
People from all over the world have been impressed by their craftsmanship and intricate designs.
These amazing skills have been passed down through generations and their works are stunning.
Made completely from carved trees, each bicycle represents the distinctive artistic style of the rider or creator.
More of a scooter-type vehicle to most, these breathtaking bikes are often carved in the motif of dragons, horses, and lions. All their works involve intense craftsmanship and attention to detail!
Because the bikes only have rudimentary breaks, they require great skill to ride. These astonishing vehicles can also reach up to 25mps when going downhill.
Richard Haw, a photographer who captured these amazing photos, said:
“… it just so happens that I had my camera on hand and snapped the cowboy-inspired scooter zooming downhill. Owning a motorcycle is considered a status symbol for people of a humble background.
Since most of them do not really earn enough to afford the real thing they would just make imitations of scooters by whatever means they have.”
He added: “When they race through the town, it is a chance to show off their scooters which is a source of pride for the carver.”
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