The incredible craftsmanship and detail of these ornaments represents the skilled Haitian artisans who who take pride in each ornament they make. These keepsake ornaments are handmade in Haiti from scrap steel drums. They are light enough to hang well on a tree and keep Haiti in mind during the holiday period. You'll cherish these unique keepsake ornaments for years to come.
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- Handmade in Haiti by skilled artisans
- Crafted from scrap steel drums
- Light enough to hang well from a tree
- You'll cherish these keepsake ornaments for years to come
- Set of 3
- Size: approximately 3.5 inches by 2 inches
Carlo Brutus and Eugene Jacques, two of the many artisans in Croix des Bouquets, an area of Port-Au-Prince, Haiti known for artisans who make oil drum art. The constant hammering from the sheds in the area led us to beautiful metalwork, with each stop offering new designs.
Eugene’s shed was tucked behind several others and yielded unique three-dimensional masks with cogs and bicycle chains for earrings. Each piece is a work of art and signed with “Eugene”. Carlo has what seemed like hundreds of different design of the ubiquitous round steel drum artwork hanging from every inch of wall space in his tiny warehouse.
The Diaspora of Haitians has spread the designs and skills of Oil Drum art throughout the Caribbean but the art is truly Haitian. Old oil drums are no longer readily available and are imported into Haiti by container and sold to the artisans. Even though cheaper, more readily available steel sheets could be used, artisans rely on the used drums for the patina in their art.