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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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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.

Haitian Metal Art - Leaving the Nest Garden Tree of Life

Haitian Metal Art - Leaving the Nest Garden Tree of Life
$32.95

The birds in this tree of life are ready to fly! A wonderful piece of hand-crafted folk art that transcends many decorative styles. A tree of life is a universal symbol which unites the earth below with the skies above. Size: 15" X 15"

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.

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.

Peaceful Children Peace Decor Sign Made in Haiti, Fair Trade, Recycled Metal, 13" X 13"

Peaceful Children Peace Decor Sign Made in Haiti, Fair Trade, Recycled Metal, 13" X 13"
$29.00

The Haitian method of creating sculptures originated over 6o years ago and has changed very little in that time. Outside each workshop are stacked 55 gallon drums, waiting to be prepared. Apprentice artists and laborers cut off the tops and bottoms of the drums, fill them with straw and dry banana leaves, and then light them to burn out residues and strengthen the metal. When cooled, the drums are slit down the sides, pried apart, pounded flat with mallets, and vigorously sanded. At this point the artist takes over, chalking his intended design onto the metal. Using a hammer and chisel and other simple tools, the artist undertakes the intricate work of cutting, beading and detailing each piece. When he is finally satisfied with the results, he pounds his signature onto the sculpture and seals it up with a protective finish. This recycled metal sculpture has a protective coating. If your piece is displayed outdoors, however, it will wear off over time. To keep this sculpture looking the same as the day you bought it, take five minutes once a year to apply a clear spray-on enamel coating. 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. You want the nails to "disappear" into the sculpture - and they will. Like magic...

Haitian Metal Art - Girl on a Bicycle

Haitian Metal Art - Girl on a Bicycle
$28.95

Delicately perched on her bicycle, this young girl has been to the market and is bringing home fresh fruit for snacking. Fun gift for farmer's marketers and bike riders - even if the gift is for you! Size: 9" x 16"

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 12.5 by 5-Inch, Vertical Birds in Tree No. 1

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 12.5 by 5-Inch, Vertical Birds in Tree No. 1
$25.11

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 Vertical Birds in Tree No. 1 measures approximately 12.5 x 5 x 0.25 Inch.

Haitian Recycled Metal Drum Wall Art - 2 Hummingbirds

Haitian Recycled Metal Drum Wall Art - 2 Hummingbirds
$24.95

Perfect for indoor or out!. Made with only his hammer, chisel, and imagination! Garden art for your patio. Outstanding Haitian art designs from hand cut 55 gallon steel drums. One set includes 2 birds. It's Cactus is a proud member of the Fair Trade Federation. Size: 6" x 5.5"

Metal Sun Yard Art - Handcrafted From Haiti, Recycled Oil Drums 10.5"x11"

Metal Sun Yard Art - Handcrafted From Haiti, Recycled Oil Drums 10.5"x11"
$24.95

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." 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!

Global Crafts 25-inch Metal Garden Stake With Gecko

Global Crafts 25-inch Metal Garden Stake With Gecko
$24.00

This metal art garden stake is 25 inches tall and features a 9-inch tall gecko. Handmade from steel drums with a natural patina, they are suitable for indoor and outdoor use. Keywords: 25-inch Metal Garden Stake With Gecko, Recycled Metal Art, Metal Wall Hanging Decor, Tree Of Life Wall Art, Cheap?Metal Wall Art, Contemporary?Metal Wall Art, Modern?Metal Wall Art, Butterfly?Metal Wall Art.

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