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I've been very pleased with the artistic ability, workmanship, politeness and timeliness of Antonio Pulido of Chapala. And his prices are quite reasonable, in my view. He is looking for more work, hence this post. PM me if you would like his phone number and more info. His wife speaks fluent English, so communications are no problem if, like me, your Spanish is limited.
Had a bad experience with a local ironwork shop in San Antonio, just east of Superlake, name of shop is Herreria Nuñez. I had taken in a small clay chimenea along with a little iron grate for the bottom, to allow air flow for the burning wood. The iron grate, about 5x9 inches oblong, belonged to a friend, I had borrowed it as an example of what I needed copied, which, frankly, could have easily been made of scraps off the floor, just a few small pieces. The owner would not give me a price quote for the two I wanted, said he 'would have to think about it'. (What exactly I wondered, but now realize it was how much to rip off the sucker gringa.) I told him to call me with the price before proceeding, as I have been an unwitting victim of this kind of ploy before, and handed him my card with contact numbers, and he agreed. Several days later he calls and says they are ready- I am shocked and told him he was to call first with price. I ask what the cost will be, he tells me 400p!! Honestly, they can be bought new for 30-40p, but I hadn't found one small enough. This price is outrageous and I refuse. I took a Mexican friend in with me today to pick-up my chimenea and sample grate, and guess what? The grate is 'missing', he claims he doesn't know anything about it, then denied I left it there for him to copy. I was furious! I know have to pay someone else to custom make a new one for my friend to replace the one this bozo took. Be careful where you do business- some are very sleazy.