Day 30 – Ubud, Indonesia This wonderful group of men and women make some great wood bowls and serving pieces for us. Starting with chunks of trees and dried cinnamon sticks they split, form, sand and finish these functional and beautiful works of art. <Attaching cinnamon to the outside of a wood bowl> <Making wood … More Amazing cinnamon bowls and wood serving pieces.
Day 26 – Ubud, Indonesia Local communities always take advantage of what resources they have on hand/nearby. This is true of even the most rural villages we have encountered. There are a lot of people making a lot of products and discount stores where tourist and foreign buyers flock. These goods are produced as cheaply … More Elephant figures and fair wages
Day 24 – Ubud, Indonesia Working with a well organized group of artisans outside of Ubud. They have a strong sense of community and work together to produce some great home decor products for us. Some of the workers live in the community and some commute via motorcycle. At the end of every work week, … More Mark dancing and bonding with Artisans in Ubud, Indonesia
Day 21 – Ubud, Bali After finding great handcrafted bowls and other products, we have to get the true story of where the products are made and how our purchasing their products is going to improve the worker’s lives. So many products around the world are mass produced in sweat shops. We insist on visiting … More Staying true to our mission with our beautiful Bali bowls.
Day 20 – Ubud, Bali This fun day started with early morning shopping at the local farmers market. Then we took a Balinese cooking class where we cut and sliced and minced fresh foods for our early lunch. The delicious meal was followed by the search for great handcrafted wood products. Later that evening we … More Ubud Bali, Soaking Up The Culture
Day 19 – Ubud, Bali Urban congestion gives way to rice fields and home temples as we traveled North to Ubud. The flat lands transition to gentle slopes and steep cliffs formed by ever-flowing creeks. Bali creates at least two memories: The palm tree lined sandy beach and the wet, green terraced field s of … More Ubud, Bali
Day 18 – Denpasar, Bali We are working with a large cooperative that produces home décor and jewelry while the children are free to roam around their walled community. Some of the men and women work as a couple in a collaborative effort where the woman does the beading and the men do the metal … More Spending time with their families in Denpasar