Pico Pao is a workshop with a long history of craftsmanship that began in 1979 in Lubián, a small Spanish village nestled in the mountains on the border with Portugal. In the neighboring Portuguese county of Tras os Montes ("Beyond the Mountains") the local woodpecker is known as Pico Pao ("Stick-Beak"). The song of this beautiful green bird, which evokes the whinnying of a horse, alternates with the sound of its pecking at the trees as this resounds through the valley, blending in with the carpenters' hammers as they work on the wooden roofs of the village houses. The old dwelling where the workshop originated offers a view of the entire valley, with wisps of smoke rising from the chimney tops and where every so often a Pico Pao can be seen flying gracefully towards the chestnut forests.
Over the years, Javier Bermejo's attention was increasingly drawn to a collection of old-fashioned toys and games, Juegos de la Antigüedad, of which he salvaged hundreds -of both European and African origin- from oblivion.
Nowadays, Pico Pao's headquarters are sited in Zamora and it maintains the tradition of its old workshop in Lubián. At the current stage, it is focusing its activity in producing and editing original games. The Ludus Ludicollection is now being developed. The newer games, which belong to the collection Ludus Ludi, are notable for their lack of rules; they can be seen more as exquisite raw materials for poetic experimentation, for the stimulation of abstract thought, for the interpretation of random discovery and for the playful enjoyment of the senses through direct contact with artistic objects.