<b>Latest Update</b><br><br>"When I began working with you, the market for me in the beginning was very good. Though the sales are not so regular, I am able to make money to help solve some of the issues in my family. I started my carving workshop in Aburi, and I still work there, but in a well-furnished shop. Your support has helped in seeing my children through college, and I now have my own house. To a large extent, I have also now become the bread winner for my family.<br><br>"I used to use only an antique finish, but I have now learned all sorts of ways to finish my masks and wood carvings. I have also trained four people to finish wooden pieces. With you, life has been very fruitful, and I thank you."<br><br><b>Original Artisan Story</b><br><br>"I was born in Eastern Ghana. In secondary school, I studied business management and graduated in 1980. I worked for some time after school and then furthered my education by studying business for another two years. After my Advanced Level, I secured a job and worked for a while, but then stopped to find a vocation on my own, as the work I was doing wasn't satisfying. However, my cousin who is a carver and a professional teacher introduced to the carving profession. He trained me for about a year and I had not much difficulty. I then started a full-time professional carving career and have been carving on my own ever since.<br><br>"I also learned how to decorate my work with brass and beads, making them unique. I paint them sometimes and I am most inspired at times by my works. They are different and attractive."
In the Andes, the Land of the Four Corners, mountains are sacred. So is culture. The Nazca lines, the Wari glyphs, the Quipu knots and the complex multi-colored textiles of the Incas are all recorded and live on the work of contemporary Peruvian artisans.