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Country: Burkina Faso
Material: Bronze w/ patina
Sizing: D: 5"; H: 14"
The 400 artisans of Atelier de Formation et de Promotion des Artisans in Burkina Faso make bronze statues. The use the ancient lost wax method of casting bronze. It is one of the first known methods of bronze casting, dating back to the third millennium BC.
The artisans begin by meticulously molding a bees wax sculpture of a person. It is covered by two layers of banco (donkey dung and mud) then pounded with a pestle. A small hole is made in the banco so when the sculpture is put in the sun and on hot coals, the wax will melt and leave through the hole.
The artisans use recycled bronze found from bullet casings, bronze knobs from gas tanks, and any other pieces they’ve collected. Once heated, the bronze is poured into the banco shell and left to harden. After, the banco shell is destroyed using a hammer, leaving behind the bronze statue. It is refined using metal files. As a final step, each statue is signed by the artisan who made it, because it is truly a painstaking and unique work of art.
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Ten Thousand Villages Cobourg
16 King Street West
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It is important that you follow through with your order pick up in due course. We will give a reminder call but, ultimately, items that you have ordered and paid for will be held for a maximum of 90 days. If not picked up within that time, you will be issued a refund and the items will be returned to the shelf.
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Shopping for hand-crafted items on the Internet is not always easy. We have tried to anticipate all the information that you will need to shop fair trade products by looking at pictures on a screen. If you have questions about a product, we highly urge you to ask for clarification prior to purchase. We will do everything we can to ensure that the fair trade product that you wish to buy is the right one for you. However, that said, there are times when products may need to be returned.
You may return a regularly priced item for a refund or store credit. Returned items must be in new, saleable condition. Items not eligible for returns are food items, opened personal care items, or washed clothing or textiles. Returns are only accepted within 30 days of purchase and must be accompanied by the original receipt. Items returned with a gift receipt are only eligible for store credit.
You may return a regularly priced item for a refund or for store credit. Shipping charges will not be refunded on webstore returns. Returned items must be in new, saleable condition. Items not eligible for return are food items, personal care items, or washed clothing or textiles.
You may return your items to Ten Thousand Villages Cobourg at the address listed above, accompanied by an original receipt, within 30 days of purchase.
If you wish to return an item by mail, please FIRST notify us at firstname.lastname@example.org to initiate a returns process. Returns will not be accepted without prior confirmation and must be postmarked no later than 30 days from the date of receipt. We recommend using a trackable shipping method as we are not responsible for returns lost in transit to us. The original shipping cost is non-refundable; return postage is at the customer’s expense. For your protection, we recommend you send your return with an insured, trackable carrier like Canada Post, Purolator, UPS, or FedEx. Once we receive your item, we will send you a confirmation via e-mail.
Send your returns to:
Ten Thousand Villages Cobourg
16 King Street West
Cobourg, ON K9A 2L9
Returns will be processed within 7-10 business days after receipt of your returned package. An email notification will be sent when the refund has been processed. Please allow 7-10 business days for the credit to appear on your account and allow one billing cycle for the credit to appear on your credit card statement. Feel free to contact us at email@example.com if you have not seen the credit after 14 days.
It is rare, but an item can be damaged during shipping. We will attempt one replacement, at our expense, provided that we receive an emailed picture clearly showing the damage to the product. If the replacement item also arrives damaged, we will issue a full refund for the original purchase and not attempt a third shipment.
My credit card number has been changed. How can I be refunded?
When you receive a new credit card, most banks will link your account number to the new card. You will receive your credit refund as normal.
I have taken the tags off a gift item, can it still be returned?
Yes, your item can still be returned if you have the original receipt or gift receipt and has been purchased within 30 days.
My webstore item arrived damaged, can I return it?
If your item has arrived damaged, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will be able to assist your return as noted above.