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Alex Ansah Ampofo

Alex Ansah Ampofo

“My name is Alex Ansah Ampofo. I was born in 1968 in Aburi, located in the Eastern part of Ghana. My craft is wood... read more

“My name is Alex Ansah Ampofo. I was born in 1968 in Aburi, located in the Eastern part of Ghana. My craft is wood carving. My friends say I’m peaceful, hardworking, and a sharer of ideas.

“My older brothers were craftsmen, carving in our backyard. So, during vacations I would help them. This is how I got interested in this craft. This crafted attracted me through the beauty of the finished pieces. My older brothers taught me how to carve, and I’m also teaching two other people. I was able to learn and master this craft by being determined.

“It wasn’t easy starting out on my own, since I had to provide everything I needed to get started, from obtaining raw materials to finding vendors and even customers. I use sese wood, acrylic paint, brass, aluminum, local clay, and polish. These materials are easy to work with. I don’t prepare any of the materials myself; I buy them all from the market. Finishing my pieces is is my favorite thing about my craft, and getting the raw materials, especially the wood, is what I find the most challenging. I share my work with my assistants. One person carves while another person sandpapers and finishes each piece.

“My plans for the future are to take my carving to another level and find more clients to do business with. I give leftover wood pieces to older women to use as firewood, and this is how my community benefits from my craft.”

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Kim

From Little Rock, Arkansas

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10/10/2019

"Symbol of power!"

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This is a unique and very beautiful work of art. It is a substantial very solid piece, very detailed. The artisan is truly gifted. Thank you!

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Fist of Power, Power-Themed Sese Wood Walking Stick from Ghana

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