Handmade Recycled Oil Drum Metal 'Tree of Life' (Haiti)

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ITEM# 11542543
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    ITEM#: 11542543

    Show your support for Haitian artists and your commitment to recycling with this beautiful 'Tree of Life' metal art piece. Personally signed by the artist, Carlos Brutus, this decorative accessory is made from recycled oil drums and cut from reclaimed oil drums and worked by hand.

    Details:
    • Personally signed by the artist, Carlos Brutus
    • Decorative accessory 
    • Made from recycled oil drums
    • Cut from reclaimed oil drums 
    • Worked by hand
    • Metal
    • Made in Croix des Bouquets, Haiti

    NOTE: Metal is not a shiny chrome, but more of a coffee color

    Story Behind the Art:
    Founded in 1990 by a multinational group of young entrepreneurs, Caribbean Craft (formerly known as Drexco) promotes 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. Unemployment in Haiti, the poorest country of the American hemisphere, is variously estimated at between 60 and 80-percent.

    What is Worldstock?

    The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.

    Specs

    Features
    Style Rustic
    Material Metal
    Subject Spiritual
    Season or Holiday Christmas, Mother's Day
    Color Brown
    Period Impressionism
    Product Features Handmade
    Set Includes 1 Piece
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 24x24x.5
    Model Number CRR:HMDTREE
    Country of Origin Haiti
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      I get compliments on this all the time. It's quite a unique piece with a great story to tell people when they ask about it. I've now had it for several years and it's held up to several moves without any problems. Great piece!

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      This is a beautiful and unique piece of wall art. I hung it on the porch wall and have received numerous compliments on its beauty. I would buy it again.

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      This is beautifully designed and executed. The birds and branches are very graceful and calming. We have a large stucco range hood over the cooktop and this piece looks wonderful there.

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      I love this! Especially,since it is from Haiti, fair trade.

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      I sent this to a family member for Christmas, who has been struggling with Breast Cancer. She absolutely loved it and immediately hung it in her home. It inspires her every day.

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      We hung this outdoors under shelter on a screened in porch. It is just the right size, large enough to be interesting but not so large that it takes up a whole wall of space. We love it. It's perfect for the indoor-outdoor space.

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      This is really fantastic in person. It’s heavier and more substantial than I thought. Not to say that will be challenging to mount, just that it is much that her than I expected. Very nice

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      Beautiful! Looks fantastic on my porch. Will definitely buy again as gifts.

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      The item received exceeded my expectations. The workmanship was beautiful and the weight of the piece was just perfect for hanging on the wall. I would definitely recommend this.

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    • Verified Purchase

      This hangs in my office and continues to get compliments!

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    • Worth the wait
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      I ordered this item as a wedding present as it certainly ticked all the boxes in terms of being Fairtrade, recycled, ethnic and spiritual, which is what the couple asked for, I ordered it two weeks before the wedding, hoping it would arrive in time. In fact it took one week to "process" at Overstock.com before even being prepared for shipping, which wasted time and it ended up not arriving in time to give the gift at the wedding. When it arrived, I was really glad I'd had it delivered to my home and not directly to the couple, as it came with just a cardboard backing sheet, covered with a bit of torn plastic and unceremoniously shoved into an outer carton with no protective packaging. So it then flew half way around the world and it's no surprise that it arrived with a little damage (bent leaf). Luckily, this was easily bent back into shape. I would certainly love to buy this item for myself as it's beautiful, but I would be wary of ordering anything fragile from Overstock.com in the future unless they buck up their ideas on the packaging front. I'd also never order anything from them in a hurry as their processing seems to take an excessive amount of time.

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    • This is a great gift I gave to myself !
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      I am so happy to have bought this piece. it is a real conversation piece! I have been diagnosed with ALS and am losing my life bit by bit. I bought this piece to remind me that I am still alive and have the ability to enjoy a wonder piece of art like this.

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    • love it
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      I love, love, love, this tree of life. It is everything I wanted and more. I cannot wait to display it. I also love the fact that it isn't heavy, making it easier to hang. Sometimes you find these metal pieces and they are thin and cheap looking; I assure you this one isn't. I am also impressed with the fact that this has been created by hand. I love unique things. I like the fact that someone might walk into my home and be looking at this creation for the first time. I must admit though, it does have a little odor ...but considering the fact that it was made from an oil drum, II am not surprised. I have instructions for making that odor disappear. If anybody is on the fence about ordering this, hop off the fence now. You won't be disappointed. I am going to do some research and try to buy another piece from this collection : )

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    • so-so art
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      I love the idea of both using reclaimed materials and of supporting Haitian artists but this just didn't do it for me. The piece is the size stated and the workmanship (metal cutting) is nicely enough done but what is not mentioned is that this piece is clear-coated with a very high-gloss finish that gives it a plastic-y look. It does not look like shiney metal. It looks like glossy clear plastic over metal. This is reclaimed metal and would have looked so much better with a matte or satin finish, if any. I was really disappointed but instead of returning it, I gave it as a gift to a friend (with different art & decorating tastes) and she loves it.

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    • Beautiful!
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      This piece is beautiful. I bought it to put in my foyer. It is unique and well done. The birds are very clearly sculpted. Great buy!

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    • really superb
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      I was so delighted when I unpacked this beautiful craftwork. It is simply gorgeous and arrived very safely and in excellent condition. The colour is sublime and it is so easy to hang with a couple of screws into the wall. Thank you so much to the artisan who made this for me, it has already been much admired by visitors

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    • Not signed

      in fact it is quite difficult to sign these pieces, and having lived in Haiti for 16 years I suspect that the artist has no idea it ended up in the US, but rather bought in bulk and sold. The stamping effect is in reality a lot of hard work and sweat as oil drums are pounded and cut by hand, the work that goes into these pieces is insane. I have several pieces that I hand selected from an artist village .. I burnished some of mine with a soft gold from hobby lobby and wiped it off. You may to check your piece every once in a while for rusting spots if displayed on an outside wall.

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    • Pretty
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      The first one I received was damanged in shipment and it was quite bent. I was then sent a new one, right away, and it was in perfect condition. It was packed better. It is unique, and quite pretty, but it is much lighter in weight then what I expected. I would recommend it especially to people who are interested in helping countries in need.

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    • Awesome oil drum art
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      Beautiful piece. Already received compliments. Great for a house warming gift.

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    • Exactly As Shown.
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      This item is exactly as shown and described, even the coloring. I love the handmade quality about it and the old age, but whimsical design. Good craftsmanship.

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    Questions & Answers

    • Q:

      "would this work outside?"

      • A:

        Would think they will oxidize,but should do fine if you don't mind that.

    • Q:

      "In the images on the site some of these look bronze, some silver and some more blackish. Is it possible to get Tree of Life in a more bronze/brownish color or do you just get whatever color you get?"

      • A:

        Mine turned out to be a dark bronze-brown. It goes well on my cream color wall. It may vary slightly, but I would think they are in that somewhat darker tone.

    • Q:

      "Is it available in 36" diameter? If so, what is price of that?"

      • A:

        Unfortunately, this is the only size option available.

    • Q:

      "What is the diameter of this piece?"

      • A:

        This is approximately 24 inches in diameter.

      • A:

        Mine measures 23 inches

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    • Q:

      "How do you recommend hanging this? There is no hook as you usually find on other art pieces"

      • A:

        Hello Rosa E., to hang this piece of Metal Wall Art, the piece will hang just fine on a hook or nail. A hook on the back is not necessary. Hope this helps. Have a great day!

    • Q:

      "Can the item be ordered without the glossy finish? Also, why can't I pay via Paypal UK?"

      • A:

        Hello me1977, we do apologize, this item is not available in a matte finish. We do accept payments via PayPal as well. Thank you for shopping with us.

    • Q:

      "Can this piece be hung outdoors without it rusting?3471069 "

      • A:

        Hello barhar, this has not been treated against the elements, it should be used indoors only. Thanks for shopping with us!

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