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

Blessed Virgin Mary Mother Madonna, Haitian Metal Art, Recycled Oil Drum
$29.95

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."

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"

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!

Bird, Spring Garden Metal, Haitian Art, Summer Outdoor Decor, Recycled Oil Drum 8.5

Bird, Spring Garden Metal, Haitian Art, Summer Outdoor Decor, Recycled Oil Drum 8.5
$24.50

These beautiful, hand crafted wall art pieces are made in Haiti. Perfect for indoor or out!. Made with only his hammer, chisel, and imagination!

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.

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
Was: $21.56 Now: $21.54

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 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.

Red Wave Metal Gecko

Red Wave Metal Gecko
$15.95

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.

Recycled Metal Gecko, 8" Wall Art Florida Design

Recycled Metal Gecko, 8" Wall Art Florida Design
Was: $14.95 Now: $13.99

This metal gecko is handmade in Haiti from old recycled oil drums. Each is painted with a colorful design and has a hook on the back for hanging. The piece is approx. 8" in length.

Recycled Metal Spotted Gecko Wall Art

Recycled Metal Spotted Gecko Wall Art
Was: $14.95 Now: $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

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.

Pink Metal Gecko

Pink Metal Gecko
$13.75

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.

Haitian Metal Art - Leaving the Nest Garden Tree of Life

Haitian Metal Art - Leaving the Nest Garden Tree of Life
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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 - Crescent Moon

Haitian Metal Art - Crescent Moon
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Earth-friendly metal sculptures are created by village craftsmen who recycle 55-gallon metal drums into works of art, This luminous crescent moon and evening star wall hanging celebrate the magic of the night sky. Size: 5" X 15"

Haitian Metal Art - Butterflies and Dragonflies

Haitian Metal Art - Butterflies and Dragonflies
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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.

it's cactus - metal art haiti Tap Tap Bus, Metal Wall Sculpture Recycled Oil Drum Art from Haiti, 23" x 23"

it's cactus - metal art haiti Tap Tap Bus, Metal Wall Sculpture Recycled Oil Drum Art from Haiti, 23" x 23"
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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.

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