Later on, with the business decreasing, he began making figures of Galos de Barcelos [Rooster of Barcelos] from cork, all from bottle stoppers, which were quickly sold in the region’s popular fairs and at the Barcelos Artisans Association store. From there to the construction of other dolls, always using cork stoppers as raw material, was a short step.
In this way, he created a unique imaginary world, with a well-defined identity, of naïf expression, made up of figures representing the local rural environment or the domain of the fantastic, very popular in the Minho region. Roosters, devils, witches, saints, musicians, hunters, blacksmiths, lumberjacks, among many figures, then became part of his creative body.
See interview with Porfírio Mendes on the website
De Ana a Zé – Arte Popular Portuguesa