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Angel of Vitality II Kneeling Angel Artisan Crafted Wood Sculpture Statuette

Angel of Vitality II Kneeling Angel Artisan Crafted Wood Sculpture Statuette

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Working with Fair Trade certified organizations is an important part of what we do. This product is made by artisans that are fairly compensated for their skilled work, and helps provide a living wage as well as safe work conditions.

The Angel of Vitality directs prayers skyward in this endearing statuette from Guatemala. 'The Angel of Vitality is from a series of sculptures that I created inspired by those beings of light that protect and accompany us. Many people believe in them, so I created this collection of angels for them,' Manuel Delfino explains. He hand-carves the angelic sculpture of pinewood featuring removable wings, and paints the angel's red cloak with colorful flowers.

  • materials: Pinewood
  • Wood grain and color can vary slightly
  • Eco-Friendly: carved from natural and sustainable wood
  • Hand-crafted item -- color, size and/or motif may vary slightly
7.5 in. H x 7 in. W x 3.5 in. D

Artisan Information

Manuel Delfino

I was born in Guatemala and woodcarving is in my blood. I've been surrounded by wood crafting arts since I was a little boy. I remember I started out by selling the pieces my father and uncles made. They wouldn't let me use their tools because I was so young and it could have been dangerous. But they did let me help out in the workshop and I was able to see how they made their sculptures.

As I grew, I continued learning the craft and how to use the tools to shape the image I had in mind. With a little saving and a lot if effort, I was able to set up a small workshop of my own. I was even able to provide jobs for several people, especially when I'd get a big order.

"I've been working with wood since 1993 and I still love it! In fact, I think I fall more and more with the art every day.

"The first piece I ever created was a mask depicting a burro. I remember I had to paint it several times until it looked good but I was finally able to get it right and I sold the mask.

"I've had a lot of ideas for items I can craft with my hands, but one of my most special design collections depicts our traditional Guatemalan folk dancers as wood sculptures. First we carve the bodies, the clothing, the masks, and then we paint them by hand. The characters come to life and they look great. They make a special home décor accent.

"We carve characters from a number of traditional dances, but especially the Dance of the Conquest and the Dance of the Deer. My grandparents used to tell me the stories of these dances and the role that each dancer plays. I feel proud to know that I'm continuing these traditions and doing my part to make sure that we never forget the customs of our ancestors.

"Woodcarving is my way of earning a living and it gives me the opportunity to share it with my family. I learned the art from my father and uncles, and it has let me give my own children an education, thanks to the income it brings. One day in the future, they will decide if they want to carry it on or choose another path in life.

"I'm very proud of my work, and the best part is being able to share it with my children. I can spend time with them and make us feel like a happy and loving family.

"My dream is to be able to travel one day to share my work in other countries and bring honor to Guatemala."

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The founders of NOVICA had a vision of the future that is not one of mega factories producing cookie cutter products for all to cheaply consume. Instead, a bright future that celebrates artisans who take the time to create an item by hand. A future where time is protected, where stories are told, where unique details are honored. Love, respect, inclusiveness become driving force.

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