We've known for quite a while how to make these figures, but just hadn't just hadn't put the pedal to the metal until now. The man that taught us how to make these beautiful figures of a white egret cut from PVC pipe was Henry Van Barneveld from Canada. Henry makes them every now and then to sell at craft fairs. They really are attractive and fairly simple to make.
|The 2008 Canadian team, l to r, Stu, Scott, Jack, and Henry|
|Fabian Perdomo cutting, Anderson Mora and David Rocha holding the pipe.|
Then the boys drill holes for the eyes and mounting screws.
And apply some heat to bend the plastic into a shape more representative of the bird...
Finally, glue on the eyes with some hot silicone...
|Duvan Guayara drilling the hole for the rebar spud|
And you're ready to send them off to market. Actually, the marketing here is the hard part...so far we only sold two of the birds, even with a rather low price of $20,000 pesos (about $11 US). Apparently, Colombians haven't yet arrived at the point of appreciating yard ornaments?
But the boys and I had some fun making them, and they are strikingly beautiful. Perhaps it will just take a while before they catch on, let's hope!