New Craft Shop Kiosk
On July 6th, Hotel do Canal, in partnership with the Capelo Crafts School and scrimshaw artist John Van Opstal, opened a Craft Shop Kiosk
“On July 6th, Hotel do Canal, in partnership with the Capelo Crafts School and scrimshaw artist John Van Opstal, opened a Craft Shop Kiosk.
This initiative was intended for Hotel guests, so it is more convenient for them to acquire souvenirs and gifts to take home, which will remind them even more of the unique experience they had while visiting Faial Island.
Founded on September 29, 1995, the Capelo Crafts School houses several artists who can be found working on their craft when you visit. The School offers workshops and courses on creating pieces made of dried corn leaves, reed, wickerwork, and embroidered straw on tulle.
Scrimshaw is part of Azorean culture. Since the 19th century when American whaling boats first docked in Azorean Ports, the art of using whale teeth and bones for art has been a tradition.
Today, scrimshaw is kept alive thanks to a Dutch artist, who decided to make Faial Island his home for the past 30 years. Since then, his art has been sold throughout the world.
John van Opstal and his wife live on the hill known as Espalamaca. His work features teeth of whales which were hunted with harpoons in the Azores Islands over 50 years ago.
The artist, who signs his work with just “John,” is happy to welcome visitors at his home and telling them more about scrimshaw techniques.”
Capelo Crafts School