Croix des Bouquets from Haiti
Outside of Port au Prince in the small village of Croix des Bouquets, an art medium born of the industrial revolution and the green movement has met with international acclaim. Artisan Rony Jacques cleans and reclaims iron oil drums, handcrafting them into delightfully whimsical wall hangings, ornaments, and garden statuary. Rony's work fine-tunes the accumulated techniques of generations of artisans, going back to the originator of the art form, George Liautuad. Liautuad's ironwork cemetery crosses and home decor accents became a sensation in the 1940s when they caught the eye of DeWitt Peters, a representative of President Truman's Point for Four economic aid program in Haiti following World War II.
Rony Jacques' success and subsequent acclaim have enabled him to train and employ twelve artisans in his workshop in Croix des Bouquet. He is working on developing his regional business into an international source for unique forged metal handicrafts. Worldwide demand for his work keeps his current operation running at full capacity, and the orders continue to pour in.