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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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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.

Peaceful Children Peace Decor Sign Made in Haiti, Fair Trade, Recycled Metal, 13 x 13 Inches

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

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life

Haitian Metal Art - Tree of Life
$28.50

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

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
$25.54

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

The work of Guerlande Balan is unique because she is one of very few women to practice the art of metal sculpture. We are proud of Guerlande and her sisters, who are paving the way for other women to participate in what has traditionally been "men's" work. 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. 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."

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.

Haitian Metal Art - Welcome Girl - 8" x 6"

Haitian Metal Art - Welcome Girl - 8" x 6"
$16.50

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 Welcome Girl measures approximately 8 x 6 x 0.25 Inch.

Pink Metal Gecko

Pink Metal Gecko
Was: $14.95 Now: $13.95

The vibrant color and handcrafted design make this 8" gecko plaque a beautiful addition to any space, indoors or outdoors. Designs will vary due to the handcrafted nature of this product.

Recycled Metal Gecko, 8" Wall Art Florida Design

Recycled Metal Gecko, 8" Wall Art Florida Design
$14.95

Metal gecko is made from recycled oil drums;Approximately 8 long;Hook on the back for hanging;Made in Haiti, acquired through Fair Trade;Hand painted multiple colors

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 12.5 by 6-Inch, Vertical Birds in Tree No. 4

Le Primitif Galleries Haitian Recycled Steel Oil Drum Outdoor Decor, 12.5 by 6-Inch, Vertical Birds in Tree No. 4
$14.00

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 Vertical Birds in Tree No. 4 measures approximately 12.5 x 6 x 0.25 Inch.

Blue Sky Collection Recycled Metal Spotted Gecko Wall Art

Blue Sky Collection Recycled Metal Spotted Gecko Wall Art
$13.50

This Spotted Recycled Metal Gecko is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. Each has a small hook to hang the piece and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Hatian culture. From head to tail, the gecko is 8 inches long. Acquired through Fair Trade

Blessed Virgin Mary Mother Madonna, Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drum

Blessed Virgin Mary Mother Madonna, Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drum
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This Madonna was created by Gonzales Seig-Non. Seig-Non was born in March of 1988, the second of five children. He pursued his education in banking, but found his passion lay in metal sculpture. At the age of 23, he sees art as his path to the future. He says, "From the bottom of my heart, I wish for my designs to be seen and appreciated. It is for me a great honor and a joy to do this work."

Peacock, Full Feathered Wall Decor, Recycled Metal Art, 23 in. X 23 in.

Peacock, Full Feathered Wall Decor, Recycled Metal Art, 23 in. X 23 in.
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It's Cactus Metal Art Haiti 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!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.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.

Jungle Design Metal Gecko

Jungle Design Metal Gecko
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This gecko is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums.' Each has a small hook to hang the piece and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Hatian culture. From head to tail, the gecko is 8 inches long.

Red Wave Metal Gecko

Red Wave Metal Gecko
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This gecko is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. Each has a small hook to hang the piece, and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Haitian culture. From head to tail, the gecko is just 8 inches long. Color may vary.

Jazz Hands Metal Gecko

Jazz Hands Metal Gecko
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This gecko is handmade in Haiti from recycled oil drums. Each has a small hook to hang the piece, and is painted with a bright colorful design inspired by the local Hatian culture. From head to tail, the gecko is 8 inches long.

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