Bird and Benzolive Leaf Bowl
This delicate but rustic bowl is hand crafted out of recycled oil drums in Haiti by Josnel and his studio artisans. In an effort to utilize formerly waste materials, recycled oil drums are first burned to remove paint and other byproducts from their former use. Next Josnel hand cuts the intricate pattern inspired by the nature that surrounds him out of the flattened oil drum. Then he shapes the flat pattern into a round bowl using a series of hammers to achieve texture and additional design details. Finally, the bowl is sanded, varnished, brushed, and varnished again to achieve the deep patina. This bowl of birds at play in the forest is a unique decorative piece and also conjures amazing shadows on surrounding walls when you burn a candle inside.