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Haitian Metal Art A few years ago I bought this wonderful Haitian metal art sculpture for my dining room. It is one of my favorite pieces of art. Besides the eye catching creative design, what makes this so interesting is that is carved by hand from a flattened recycled oil drum. Ever since then I have been on the lookout for other Haitian drum art.

Story Behind the Haitian Drum Art: Founded in 1990 by a multinational group of young entrepreneurs, Caribbean Craft, formerly known as Drexcoromotes creates employment in Haiti by training unskilled - but often highly gifted - craftspeople, and by assisting the independent artisans through the introduction of new designs and new market outlets. These pieces are all made by artisans in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti.

 
 
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Large Celtic Tree of Life, Large Outdoor Wall Art, Recycled Metal Haiti, 33 x 33 Inches

Large Celtic Tree of Life, Large Outdoor Wall Art, Recycled Metal Haiti, 33 x 33 Inches
Was: $329.00 Now: $249.00

The Tree of Life as a visual metaphor for relationships and the interconnectedness of all living things. One 19th century theorist described it poetically, writing, "As buds give rise by growth to fresh buds, and these, if vigorous branch out and overtop many a feebler branch, so by generation I believe it has been with the Great Tree of Life, which fills with its dead and broken branches the crust of the Earth and covers the surface with its ever-branching and beautiful ramifications." Each unique fair trade metal sculpture is hand- cut from recycled 55- gallon steel drums. To begin the process, both ends of the drum are removed and placed inside of the remaining cylinder, along with scrap paper and dried banana or sugar cane leaves. Next, the contents are set ablaze to burn off any paint or residue and strengthen the metal. When cooled, the drums are sliced down the side and flattened, effectively creating a "steel canvas" of approximately 3' x 6', upon which the design is drawn. Using a hammer, chisel and various other primitive tools, the desired image is cut out and decorative patterns are pounded into the metal. Finally, a weather-proof finish coating is applied, making these fascinating pieces of folk art perfect for displaying indoors or out.

Haitian Metal Art - Organic Tree of Life

Haitian Metal Art - Organic Tree of Life
Was: $89.00 Now: $68.00

Ancient cultures as diverse as the Egyptians, Sumerians, and Mayans all viewed the Tree of Life as the source of all Creation. Today, it is a timeless classic; graceful, elegant, and naturally appealing. It's Cactus Metal Art Haiti. Size: 23" X 23"

Haitian Tree of Life, Decorative Wall Sculpture, Home Decor Wall Hangings, Family Tree, Roots, Flowers, Hand Made in Haiti 23 in. x 23 in. Chirping Tree

Haitian Tree of Life, Decorative Wall Sculpture, Home Decor Wall Hangings, Family Tree, Roots, Flowers, Hand Made in Haiti 23 in. x 23 in. Chirping Tree
Was: $89.00 Now: $69.00

The center of Haitian metal sculpture is the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, where the clanging sound of hammers striking chisels is a constant music. To begin, the artist chalks his design onto the metal. Chisels, dies and a large hammer are used to cut and shape the piece, giving it form and texture. When the highly intricate and physically demanding work is complete and the artist is satisfied with his work, he signs his name boldly with a small chisel and applies a clear, weather-proof coating. The result is a wonderful, fair trade piece of handcrafted art.A few nails and a hammer are all you'll need to hang your sculpture. Look for a place where the design is joined or notched and put the first nail there. Use a second and possibly a third nail, if the piece is large, in other joined or notched design elements within the sculpture to straighten and secure it to the wall. The nails will "disappear" with the piece. Simple as that.Before this sculpture left the workshop in Haiti, a clear, weather-proof coating was applied to protect it from the elements. If it is displayed indoors, you'll never have to lift a finger, but if it is going to go outside, you might want to apply a spray-on clear coat yourself once a year to retain it's glossy patina.

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life - 23"x 23"

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life - 23"x 23"
Was: $89.00 Now: $69.00

Ancient cultures as diverse as the Egyptians, Sumerians, and Mayans all viewed the Tree of Life as the source of all Creation. Today, it is a timeless classic; graceful, elegant, and naturally appealing. Fair trade is the name of the game and it's the only way we play. Color variations from dark silver to brown rustic tones. It's Cactus Metal Art Haiti

Spring Tree of Life with Birds, Decorative Wall Art, Handmade, No Machines Used, Handmade in Haiti 21 x 21 Inches

Spring Tree of Life with Birds, Decorative Wall Art, Handmade, No Machines Used, Handmade in Haiti 21 x 21 Inches
Was: $89.00 Now: $79.00

It's Cactus Metal Art Haiti To begin the process of metal art sculpture, the artist first visualizes his design, often taking inspiration from his culture and natural surroundings. Next, he chalks his vision for the piece onto a 55-gallon drum that has been cleaned and pounded flat. Then, using only a hammer and chisel, he performs the heavy work giving his piece form and dimension. The result is a unique folk art sculpture, perfect for home or garden use. This sculpture has been finished with a clear enamel coating, which will protect it from the elements. However, if it is displayed outdoors, we recommend applying a spray-on clear coat in order to maintain it's fresh-out-of the box look. Five minutes once a year is all it takes. Easy! A few nails and a hammer are all you'll need to hang your sculpture. Look for a place where the design is joined or notched and put the first nail there. Use a second and possibly a third nail, if the piece is large, in other joined or notched design elements within the sculpture to straighten and secure it to the wall. Make sure that you avoid placing a nail into an eye or mouth, as that will draw attention to the nail. You want the nails to "disappear" into the piece.

Tap Tap Bus, Metal Wall Sculpture Recycled Oil Drum Art from Haiti, 23 in. x 23 in.

Tap Tap Bus, Metal Wall Sculpture Recycled Oil Drum Art from Haiti, 23 in. x 23 in.
$89.00

Following four generations of tradition, each piece of Haitian metal art is made entirely by hand with simple tools. Starting with a cast-off steel drum, the metal is cleaned, sanded, and pounded flat. From there, the artist chalks his design onto the metal and then begins the heavy, tedious work of cutting out the pattern with a hammer and chisel and giving the piece detail and dimension. Finally, he applies a clear-coat to the piece, which protects it and makes it perfectly suited for indoor or outdoor display.

New Jungle Panel, Giraffe, Lion and Elephant, Haiti, Metal Wall Art Decor, Indoor or Outdoor Decor Recycled Oil Drum 36 x 11 Inches

New Jungle Panel, Giraffe, Lion and Elephant, Haiti, Metal Wall Art Decor, Indoor or Outdoor Decor Recycled Oil Drum 36 x 11 Inches
$89.00

The artists in Haiti who created these wonderful sculptures often take their inspiration from the own cultural heritage. Many Haitians today can trace their roots back to Africa and Haitian children throughout time have been entertained with folktales of their ancestral homeland. All of our artists have the benefit of our fair trade practices.

Giraffes Metal Sculpture, Haiti Metal Wall Art, 23 in. x 23 in.

Giraffes Metal Sculpture, Haiti Metal Wall Art, 23 in. x 23 in.
$79.00

A well-crafted piece of original folk art from Haiti. This is a hand-crafted original piece of Haitian metal art, made from discarded steel drums and brought to you through fair trade practices. It is created in traditional fashion; the artist utilizing simple hand tools for both the cutwork on the recycled metal and also the intricate detailing. A protective, weather-proof coating has been applied, making it suitable for display indoors or out. Though it is protected with a weather-proof finish, this sculpture will rust over time, if exposed to outdoor weather. To prevent this from happening, grab a can of spray on enamel at the hardware store and go to it. Once a year should be plenty. It's a snap! It's easy to hang your sculpture with just a few nails. Place the first nail within two design elements that are touching or notched. Then use a second and possibly a third nail, if the sculpture is large, to straighten and secure the piece against the wall. Just make sure that you don't place a nail in an eye or a mouth. A viewer's attention will go there quite naturally and therefore, directly to the nail. You don't want that!

Handcrafted Octopus Sea Wall Decor Fair Trade from Haiti, Recycled Metal Art, Decorative Hanging Art, 23 in. X 23 in. (Nautical Octopus)

Handcrafted Octopus Sea Wall Decor Fair Trade from Haiti, Recycled Metal Art, Decorative Hanging Art, 23 in. X 23 in. (Nautical Octopus)
Was: $79.00 Now: $69.00

For the home with a lot of heart The octopus is known for having 3 hearts, making it the perfect symbol for your happy, love-filled home. Complete your home's sea decor with our Metal Octopus Wall Art. Handmade by Haitian artisans with hammers and chisels, each is uniquely different in its patina and detailing, ensuring you of a truly one-of-a-kind artwork. Measuring 22.5" x 23", it is perfectly sized for your cabana bathroom, pool house decor, and other home or office accents. Reclaimed and resilient Each eye-catching Octopus sea decoration is fashioned by hand from a 55-gallon steel oil drum, saving it from languishing in a landfill while also allowing a skilled craftsman to support his family. Its' heavy-duty construction makes it an ideal home decoration indoors as well as outdoors. This unique recycled wall art makes a thoughtful housewarming or wedding gift for a new couple or for anyone who loves to surround themselves in marine creatures or other sea decorations. Responsibly sourced for the well-being of all We are a member of the Fair Trade Federation, adhering to a model of sustainable and ethical trade that puts people and planet first. Not only do our Haitian artisans use reclaimed materials in their handmade pieces, but we also ensure that they are compensated in such a way that they have the ability to invest in brighter futures for themselves and their local communities. Give your home or office a touch of the deep blue sea. Add the It's Cactus Octopus Metal Wall Art to your cart today.

Haitian Metal Art - Angel and Birds - 23" x 23"

Haitian Metal Art - Angel and Birds - 23" x 23"
$69.00

Each unique fair trade metal sculpture is hand- cut from recycled 55- gallon steel drums. To begin the process, both ends of the drum are removed and placed inside of the remaining cylinder, along with scrap paper and dried banana or sugar cane leaves. Next, the contents are set ablaze to burn off any paint or residue and strengthen the metal. When cooled, the drums are sliced down the side and flattened, effectively creating a "steel canvas" of approximately 3' x 6', upon which the design is drawn. Using a hammer, chisel and various other primitive tools, the desired image is cut out and decorative patterns are pounded into the metal. Finally, a weather-proof finish coating is applied, making these fascinating pieces of folk art perfect for displaying indoors or out. Haitian metal sculptures all come with a clear, weather-proof coating but if exposed to the elements, they will begin to rust over time. This isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if it's not the look you're going for, fear not. Just pick up a can of spray on enamel clear coat and go to it. Once a year will do it. Piece of cake!It's easy to hang your sculpture with just a few nails. Place the first nail within two design elements that are touching or notched. Then use a second and possibly a third nail, if the sculpture is large, to straighten and secure the piece against the wall. Just make sure that you don't place a nail in an eye or a mouth. A viewer's attention will go there quite naturally and therefore, directly to the nail. You don't want that!

Haitian Metal Art - Butterflies and Dragonflies

Haitian Metal Art - Butterflies and Dragonflies
$69.00

Fair trade is vital to the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, where the air rings with the sound of metal banging against metal. Workshops line the streets of the village and outside each are stacks of discarded 55-gallon drums awaiting transformation. To begin the process, the tops of the barrels are removed and the open barrel is stuffed with straw and dried banana leaves and then set ablaze. This burns out the residue and old paint and strengthens the metal. After the barrels have cooled, they are slit down the side, pried open, pounded flat and sanded down, giving the artist a smooth flat surface, much like a painter's canvas. The artist chalks his design onto the metal and then, using a hammer and chisel, begins the work of cutting the sculpture and giving it form, detail and dimension. When he is satisfied with his results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it with a protective, weather-proof finish.

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life

Haitian Metal Art - 	Tree of Life
$67.38

This intricate Tree of Life is made from recycled oil drums in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti by the artist Carlos Brutus. It is 24 inches in diameter. These pieces are representative of the spirituality of Haitian culture.

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 23 by 23-Inch, Sun Moon Combo

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 23 by 23-Inch, Sun Moon Combo
$64.00

Le Primitif Galleries began working with artists in Haiti in 1976 to import the finest quality, recycled steel oil drum sculptures. Because each piece is hand-chiseled, each piece is an original work of art. The designs are chalked out on flattened steel oil drums and then cut out with a mallet and chisel. Georges Liautaud, a blacksmith, began this art form in the late 1950s. Many talented sculptors have since followed. These works grace such prestigious institutions as the Museums of Modern Art in Paris and New York. This beautiful, hand-chiseled wall hanging was crafted in Haiti from recycled steel oil drums and can be displayed inside or outside to elevate the decor around your home. This Sun Moon Combo measures approximately 23 x 23 x 0.5 Inch.

Global Crafts Metal Wall Art - 24 Inch Tree of Life with Buds - Haiti

Global Crafts Metal Wall Art - 24 Inch Tree of Life with Buds - Haiti
$59.99

Intricate wall piece made from recycled oil drums in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti. Traditional Tree of Life design handcrafted by Carlo Brutus. 24 inch diameter Natural patina with high gloss finish. Suitable for indoor or outdoor hanging. Please allow for slight variances.

Mermaid Family Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drum 34" X 18"

Mermaid Family Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drum 34" X 18"
$54.00

Hand-crafted from recycled metal in Haiti. It's easy to hang your sculpture with just a few nails. Place the first nail within two design elements that are touching or notched. Then use a second and possibly a third nail, if the sculpture is large, to straighten and secure the piece against the wall. Just make sure that you don't place a nail in an eye or a mouth. A viewer's attention will go there quite naturally and therefore, directly to the nail. You don't want that! The riveted fin will be pressed flat when it is packed for shipping. Don't be afraid to bend it out a little bit to take advantage of it's 3-D aspect. Let that dolphin swim! If this sculpture will be displayed outdoors, here's a tip for keeping it looking as fresh and beautiful as the day you bought it: Simply take five minutes to apply a coat of clear, spray-on enamel from the hardware store. Once a year will do it!

Large Mermaid, Wall Hanging, Flipped Tale Mermaid Metal Wall Art, Sea life Home Decor, Novelty Gift 7" X 32"

Large Mermaid, Wall Hanging, Flipped Tale Mermaid Metal Wall Art, Sea life Home Decor, Novelty Gift 7" X 32"
$49.00

This sculpture has been treated with a weather-proof coating. Over time, however, the coating will wear away and rusting will occur if exposed to the elements. Rust is not necessarily a bad thing. Some people crave a weathered look. Others prefer a glossy finish. If that is you, simply take five minutes once a year to apply a spray-on clear coat enamel. In the village of Croix-des-Bouquets, Haiti, the air rings with the sound of metal banging against metal. Workshops line the streets of the village and outside each are stacks of discarded 55-gallon drums awaiting transformation. To begin the process, the tops of the barrels are removed and the open barrel is stuffed with straw and dried banana leaves and then set ablaze. This burns out the residue and old paint and strengthens the metal. After the barrels have cooled, they are slit down the side, pried open, pounded flat and sanded down, giving the artist a smooth flat surface, much like a painter's canvas. The artist chalks his design onto the metal and then, using a hammer and chisel, begins the work of cutting the sculpture and giving it form, detail and dimension. When he is satisfied with his results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it with a protective, weather-proof finish. Hanging your metal art is easy, once you know how. Choose a place it within two design elements that are touching or notched toward the center of the piece and drive a nail into the wall at that point. Using a second and possibly a third nail, place those in other notched areas within the design to secure it firmly. Avoid placing nails in the eyes or mouth. A viewer's eye will go straight to those elements and a nail there will draw attention to itself. You don't want the nails to become part of the details - you want them to "disappear."

Haitian Recycled Metal Art - 5 Small Birds Flying

Haitian Recycled Metal Art  - 5 Small Birds Flying
Was: $45.95 Now: $38.50

To begin the process, the tops of the barrels are removed and the open barrel is stuffed with straw and dried banana leaves and then set ablaze. This burns out the residue and old paint and strengthens the metal. After the barrels have cooled, they are slit down the side, pried open, pounded flat and sanded down, giving the artist a smooth flat surface, much like a painter's canvas. The artist chalks his design onto the metal and then, using a hammer and chisel, begins the work of cutting the sculpture and giving it form, detail and dimension. When he is satisfied with his results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it with a protective, weather-proof finish.

Metal Blue Frog

Metal Blue Frog
$45.89

This ten inch frog is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. It has a small hook to hang the piece and is painted with a bright colorful blue design inspired by the local Hatian culture.

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