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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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it's cactus - metal art haiti Garden Butterflies, Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drums, (set of 5) 6" x 6"

it's cactus - metal art haiti Garden Butterflies, Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drums, (set of 5) 6" x 6"
$39.95

A garden full of butterflies - how delightful! A set of five assorted gives you lots of creative options. Three here, two there. Or one for her, and one for her, and three for me....it's quite wonderful, really. 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.

Haitian Recycled Metal Art -5 birds

Haitian Recycled Metal Art -5 birds
$38.50

Maintaining the glossy appearance of these metal sculptures is a breeze. Simply apply a clear coat of spray-on enamel. Once a year will do it!

Haitian Recycled Oil Drum Wall Art - Garden Tree of Life

Haitian Recycled Oil Drum Wall Art - Garden Tree of Life
$34.95

Birds come to rest in the graceful branches of this tree. Meticulous bead work and detailing characterize the work of the artist, LaGuerre Dieufaite. Size: 15" x 15"

Haitian Metal Art - Dragonflies

Haitian Metal Art - 	Dragonflies
$34.95

Dragonflies are recognizable signs of summer. The drone of their flapping wings are the background music of July and August, indicating that the height of the season has arrived. In Native American cultures, they are thought to bring the summer rains and renewal of the land. In any case, they are a most fitting addition to decor that salutes the langorous days of summer. Set of 2. Size: 9" x 11"

Haitian Metal Art - Rooster

Haitian Metal Art - 	Rooster
$34.95

A cheery rooster to wish you a good morning with a hale and hearty cry. His wing is riveted on to give him a 3-D quality. It will be shipped pressed down flat so be sure to bend the wing out a little bit for full effect. Size: 15" X 15"

Handmade Haitian Metal Art Fish Under Water 14" X 8" and 5" X 5"

Handmade Haitian Metal Art Fish Under Water 14" X 8" and 5" X 5"
$34.95

The traditional Haitian method of creating metal sculptures from discarded oil drums has changed very little since the technique was first developed by Georges Liataud in the 1950's. To begin, the drums are burned out, cleaned up, sanded down and pounded flat. Next, the artist chalks his intended design onto the prepared metal and begins the heavy and tedious work of cutting and detailing, using only a hammer and chisel. Finally, the sculpture is sealed with a weather-proof finish, so that the sculpture may be displayed easily indoors or out.Worried that your metal sculpture will rust if exposed to the elements? Don't be. Your sculpture comes with a weather-proof coating that will wear off over time, but you can protect it easily by spending 5 minutes once a year to spray it with clear enamel available at your local hardware store.

Gift for Drummer - Metal Rock Drummer Recycled Collectible Metal Art Sculpture - Drum Set Musician - Unique Gift for Drum Player

Gift for Drummer - Metal Rock Drummer Recycled Collectible Metal Art Sculpture - Drum Set Musician - Unique Gift for Drum Player
$33.99

This is an unique one of a kind metal sculpture. The sculpture is made out of nuts, bolts, metal sheets,small metal rods, and much more. The detail that is put into this sculpture is impeccable. This cool drum sculpture looks great in any drum studio, bedroom, office, or even the living room. It makes a great gift for your love ones and a great office or home d├ęcor item.

Haitian Metal Art - Crossing Trees

Haitian Metal Art - Crossing Trees
$32.95

Two trees crossing can be symbolic of two lives intertwining. A lovely, meaningful gift idea for an upcoming anniversary or wedding. Signed by artist Samuel Brutus. Size: 15" X 15"

Talking with Fish, Mermaid, Artistic Haiti Metal Steel Drum Art 17" x 10"

Talking with Fish, Mermaid, Artistic Haiti Metal Steel Drum Art 17" x 10"
$32.95

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. You want the nails to "disappear" into the sculpture - and they will. Like magic... Worried that your metal sculpture will rust if exposed to the elements? Don't be. Your sculpture comes with a weather-proof coating that will wear off over time, but you can protect it easily by spending 5 minutes once a year to spray it with clear enamel available at your local hardware store.The traditional Haitian method of creating metal sculptures from discarded oil drums has changed very little since the technique was first developed by Georges Liataud in the 1950's. To begin, the drums are burned out, cleaned up, sanded down and pounded flat. Next, the artist chalks his intended design onto the prepared metal and begins the heavy and tedious work of cutting and detailing, using only a hammer and chisel. Finally, the sculpture is sealed with a weather-proof finish, so that the sculpture may be displayed easily indoors or out.

Noah Ark Wall Sculpture, Metal Wall Art, Fair Trade From Haiti, 15" X 15"

Noah Ark Wall Sculpture, Metal Wall Art, Fair Trade From Haiti, 15" X 15"
$32.95

The traditional Haitian method of creating metal sculptures from discarded oil drums has changed very little since the technique was first developed by Georges Liataud in the 1950's. To begin, the drums are burned out, cleaned up, sanded down and pounded flat. Next, the artist chalks his intended design onto the prepared metal and begins the heavy and tedious work of cutting and detailing, using only a hammer and chisel. Finally, the sculpture is sealed with a weather-proof finish, so that the sculpture may be displayed easily indoors or out.Hanging your art is easy once you know how. Choose a point where the design element is joined or notched and use a nail to hang it from that point on the wall. Use a second and a third nail (if necessary) within other design elements to straighten and secure the piece. Then stand back and admire your work. You'll see that the nails "disappear" into the sculpture. Beautiful! Though your sculpture comes with a protective weather-proof coating, it will wear off over time outdoors and rusting can occur. You can prevent this from happening by spraying on a clear enamel coating. Once a year is plenty. Now, how easy is that?

Sea Turtle, Metal Wall Art, Handmade in Haiti, Steel Drum Art 6" X 17"

Sea Turtle, Metal Wall Art, Handmade in Haiti, Steel Drum Art 6" X 17"
$32.95

All it takes to hang this metal sculpture is a few nails and a little know-how. Here's the know-how part: Place the first nail within a closed or notched design element and hammer it into the wall. Using a second and even a third nail - if the sculpture is large - to straighten and secure the piece. Then, stand back and admire your work. That's it! 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! 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.

Artistic Butterfly Garden Wall Art, Haitian Metal, Recycled Oil Drums, 11" X 17"

Artistic Butterfly Garden Wall Art, Haitian Metal, Recycled Oil Drums, 11" X 17"
$32.95

This metal sculpture is meant for display indoors or out, but if you choose to display yours outside, be aware that the protective, weather-proof coating will wear off over time. To keep your sculpture looking just like it did the day you bought it, take five minutes once a year to apply a spray-on clear enamel coating.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.In Haiti, the traditional art of converting oil drums into sculptures is a true mark of both man's imagination and his resourcefulness in the face of dire economic circumstances. Using 55-gallon oil drum cast offs, the artist first removes both ends of the drum. Next, he stuffs the drum with straw, igniting it to burn out any residues. When it has cooled, he slices it down one side and pounds it into a flat metal sheet . With a stick of chalk, the artist then draws his intended design onto the metal. Finally, he applies a hammer and chisel to the task; cutting, shaping, and contouring the piece to its completion.

it's cactus - metal art haiti Dragonflies, Haitian Tranquility Metal Garden Art, Recycled Oil Drums,3-D Art, 12" x 12"

it's cactus - metal art haiti Dragonflies, Haitian Tranquility Metal Garden Art, Recycled Oil Drums,3-D Art, 12" x 12"
$32.95

All it takes to hang this metal sculpture is a few nails and a little know-how. Here's the know-how part: Place the first nail within a closed or notched design element and hammer it into the wall. Using a second and even a third nail - if the sculpture is large - to straighten and secure the piece. Then, stand back and admire your work. That's it! Worried that this sculpture may rust? Don't be. A weathered patina isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if that's not the look you're going for, take five minutes to apply a spray-on clear coat enamel once a year to keep your outdoor sculpture looking the same as the day you bought it.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.

Noah's Ark Handmade Metal Art From Haiti Recycled Oil Drums 14.5" x 14.5"

Noah's Ark Handmade Metal Art From Haiti Recycled Oil Drums 14.5" x 14.5"
$32.95

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.

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
Was: $30.89 Now: $29.88

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.

Haitian Metal Art - Octopus - 7.5"x 17.25"

Haitian Metal Art - Octopus - 7.5"x 17.25"
$29.95

The traditional Haitian method of creating metal sculptures from discarded oil drums has changed very little since the technique was first developed by Georges Liataud in the 1950's. To begin, the drums are burned out, cleaned up, sanded down and pounded flat. Next, the artist chalks his intended design onto the prepared metal and begins the heavy and tedious work of cutting and detailing, using only a hammer and chisel. Finally, the sculpture is sealed with a weather-proof finish, so that the sculpture may be displayed easily indoors or out.

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life
$29.95

In a design reminiscent of a quilt pattern, this pair of love birds perched in a tree is a terrific gift idea for a bridal shower, wedding, or anniversary. Size: 11" X 13

it's cactus - metal art haiti Peace Sign Haitian Metal Recycled Outdoor Art Wall Sculpture, 12" x 12"

it's cactus - metal art haiti Peace Sign Haitian Metal Recycled Outdoor Art Wall Sculpture, 12" x 12"
$29.95

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. Worried that this sculpture may rust? Don't be. A weathered patina isn't necessarily a bad thing, but if that's not the look you're going for, take five minutes to apply a spray-on clear coat enamel once a year to keep your outdoor sculpture looking the same as the day you bought it.

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