Artisan Crafted Tooled Leather Chest with Wrought Iron, "Autumn Leaves"
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Autumn leaves in golden tones drift in the crisp afternoon air. Crafted by hand, this decorative pinewood box is covered with hand-tooled leather, in tonalities including green, blue and brown. Abel Rios creates an elegant chest and adds wrought iron handles and clasp.
"At the age of 16, I joined my brother's workshop to learn to work with leather. At 21, I set up my own workshop and began to create the wood and leather designs that I am known for. I love the history that I am able to bring to my work. Since colonial times, leather and wood have been combined to create many practical and decorative pieces of furniture and art. My style is distinct and detailed. I use motifs from Peruvian culture and my workshop is known for quality. I love this art and enjoy teaching my workers the skills that were generously taught to me. Many of my workers have gone on to open their own workshops. This gives me pleasure. This is how we keep the art alive."
"I have found great success with Novica. I am now an established artisan and my work is sold around the world. I have the life I once imagined but, most importantly, I have made my family secure. My children are educated and they work with me - together we bring our love of Peruvian history and craft to a respected family project."
Abel no longer shares the rented patio with his chickens - the site of his first workshop. Today, the Rios family has bought that house and built a four story workshop on the adjacent land. They employ other artisans to help meet the international demand for their handcrafted products.
Abel is determined to give back - to share the good fortune that he has found. He employs two people who have thrived in the supportive environment his workshop provides. His assistant is intellectually challenged and one of his wood carvers is profoundly deaf.
Abel now has several full-time assistants.
"an awesome treasure chest box"
Delighted with this stunning autumn leaves chest. It is perfect for keeping all my special treasures, and the colours are gorgeous. It was also well-packaged for shipping and arrived earlier than expected. Thank you for a wonderful shopping experience, and an awesome hand-crafted item that is earning praise from all who see it.
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"My husband was an artist..."
My husband was a jeweler and an artist. He passed away. I searched for the perfect piece of art to hold his ashes. I received this box this week. I couldn't be more pleased. The artwork would have pleased my husband. That was of prime importance to my choice and this artist would have received 5 stars from my Donald. Excellent work.
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