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Haitian Recycled Steel Live Love Laugh Ornaments - Set of 3

Item # 44026
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Transcending borders, cultures, and holiday celebrations, this trio brings life, love, and laughter to your home on wings of angels. Loving attention to detail is imbued in every strike of hammer and chisel.

In Haiti, where recycled steel oil drums are a valuable source of metal, the artisans of Croix des Bouquets fashion amazing works of metal art that leave no carbon footprint. 55-gallon drums dumped there have been turned into art supplies by the residents since in the 1950s. They're cut and purified with straw fires that burn out the residue. Once cleaned, the artisans use hammer and chisel to work them by hand, as the lack of electricity during the day makes power tools impossible. The result is greenest of green arts and the chicest of the eco-chic ...and a keepsake entirely unique.

Each purchase provides an extra donation to GROW -- Girls' Right to Opportunity Worldwide. Through this program girls in developing countries are provided the opportunity to attend secondary school, in turn providing them with a economically better, healthier future.

  • Set of 3
  • Reads "Live," "Love," "Laugh"
  • Made entirely from recycled steel
  • 2" H x 3.5" W (5 x 8.9 cm)
  • Handmade in and fairly traded from Haiti

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Recent reviews:

April 24, 2015 - Sent to a good friend for her 75th birthday. Really liked it ... and conveyed my sentiments.

January 5, 2014 - These ornaments are very well made and a good size to hang anywhere for inspiration. My grandsons, aged 10 to 18, really appreciated them as gifts and the family was impressed that they were made by Haitian artisans.

January 29, 2013 - Love this saying

Artisan: Croix des Bouquets

Artisan Croix des Bouquets

Outside of Port au Prince in the small village of Croix des Bouquets, an art medium born of the industrial revolution and the green movement has met with international acclaim. Artisan Rony Jacques cleans and reclaims iron oil drums, handcrafting them into delightfully whimsical wall hangings, ornaments, and garden statuary. Rony's work fine-tunes the accumulated techniques of generations of artisans, going back to the originator of the art form, George Liautuad. Liautuad's ironwork cemetery crosses and home decor accents became a sensation in the 1940s when they caught the eye of DeWitt Peters, a representative of President Truman's Point for Four economic aid program in Haiti following World War II.

Rony Jacques' success and subsequent acclaim have enabled him to train and employ twelve artisans in his workshop in Croix des Bouquet. He is working on developing his regional business into an international source for unique forged metal handicrafts. Worldwide demand for his work keeps his current operation running at full capacity, and the orders continue to pour in.

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