MIGUEL CEOL

Entre Ríos, Argentina

Miguel Ceol

He was born on January 27th 1958 in Gualeguay, Entre Ríos. He first learned his trade crafting objects he used in his daily work on the farm. He made halters, reins, nosebands, whips, lassoes, hobbles, and riding crops at home. In 1980 he married Estela Leiva and moved to Nogoyá, also in Entre Ríos. He used the book, Trenzas Gauchas (Gaucho Braiding), to start doing more and more elaborate and sophisticated pieces. In 1990 he started marketing his products. During the day he carried out his tasks on the farm, and spent nights working on the leather pieces he had been commissioned. In 1995 he was awarded the first prize in the Sociedad Rural Argentina, in 1996 he received the Rueca de Plata award in the Colón Fair and in 1998 he was also awarded a prize at the Fair in the province of Córdoba. The raw colt leather he uses for his pieces comes from animals found dead in the area and which he himself cures. His workshop is at home, where he raised his four children, and his wife helps him and also weaves horse hair pieces.