Fair Trade Balsa Songbird Ornament


These unique, lightweight Fair Trade ornaments are created by a cooperative of artisans on Isla Solentiname, Nicaragua. Each ornament is inspired by nature, carefully hand-carved with a machete, and painted with realistic detail. Material: Sustainably harvested balsa wood and non-toxic acrylic paint. Approximate size: 5″ x 2″. We have a selection of Migratory Songbirds that winter in coffee growing regions or what we call “Coffee Birds” (except for the Holiday Cardinal, we just threw that one in for fun).

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Isla Solentiname is located in Lake Nicaragua on the Costa Rican border. The total population is about 1000, and there is no electricity on the island and just footpaths. It is here where we have forged a partnership with a community of carvers. The cooperative members are excellent carvers who initially use a machete to remove the bark from the balsa tree and then a smaller paring knife to sculpt their creation. Several passes with different grits of sandpaper follow the carving and then finally the piece is ready to be painted. Most families work as part of a team on their orders, sharing the task of carving and painting. What we love most about this group is their willingness to help each other while correcting proportions, fixing shading or designing new pieces. . . #balsaornaments #supportfairtrade #decorateyourtree #christmastrees #fairtradeornaments #christmasornaments #batornaments #marineornaments #flatboatfairtraders #birdornaments #supportfairtrade #womenofthecloudforest

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