Cage makers

Trade in birds, particularly the Atlantic canary (Serinus canaria), flourished from the time European traders and sailors visited the Islands in the 14th century, until the species was successfully bred in captivity, in the 18th century. This activity went hand in hand with the rise of cage makers, who also specialised in capturing and breeding birds.

Although this craft is dying out, it was once carried out all over Gran Canaria. A cage maker’s materials included cane, wood and wire, and very simple tools: a knife, a measuring compass, a wood auger and a hole punch. The size and shape of a cage depended on its purpose and the type of bird it was intended for. Rectangular or oval, for one bird or more, cages could be designed with towers or walkways and include a trap door.


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