If you follow this blog, you may remember this man whom I featured last year in the post Arts and crafts in Mozambique . . .
He’s the wood carver who carves the most amazing pieces by hand. Although he has some assistants doing the rough-hewing of the timber, he does all the fine carving himself. Last year his focus was on carving big fish. [You can see more photos and read about the process in this post.]
Willie recently returned to Mozambique, and found that the wood carver is still there. And he has expanded his business, as well as his artistic focus. When Willie’s group was there, he said that he had already sold most of the smaller pieces to other tourists. Willie tried to explain that the photographs they took of him and his work last year, have been seen by people world-wide. Not being able to communicate well, Willie is not sure if he understood what that meant.
Now there are big fish and big sea-horses . . .
Also new are the sculptures of human faces . . . Each face is different and fits the piece of wood it is carved from. The way Mozambicans depict human faces is very different from how South African artists do. Interesting considering they are neighbouring countries.
And in some pieces, humans and fish are combined . . .