Elsa April Update

Our featured artist for April is a gourd carver from Cochas Chico near Huancayo, Peru. You can see her above carving one of our amazing butterfly bird houses. In Cochas everyone carves gourds and the best artists can finish several birdhouses in a single day, depending on the design. After the carving, the pyrographers take over. We are working on taking more photos of that process as well as the initial part of drawing the design with pencil.

It is the ability to quickly draw new designs with pencil that enables a worker to start their own workshop. Once the design is drawn on the gourd, it’s easier for others to follow the lines. New designs give young artists the chance to express themselves while also charging a fair price without competition. We help by buying new designs from only the workshop that created them.