Wood carving in the Philippines is a tradition dating back to pre-colonial times.  Native Filipinos carved boats, plows, arrows, spears, and other essential items, often creating ornamental patterns for the use of the tribal hierarchy and to celebrate special occasions.  In early times, figurines such as the “Tanod” were carved as totems to protect villages and ward off evil.

Mehitabel celebrates this wood carving tradition in many of its designs.  Our items are hand-carved, and explore Oriental, French, English, Spanish and Native motifs influences.