Peru was home to the Incan Empire, and still currently houses many natural and man-made wonders such as Machu Picchu and the Nazca Lines. LifeHeartHome proudly sells amazing hand-carved wooden fair trade products from Peru. Our wooden sculptures come from one artist, John Barrow, who creates each work of art himself. The artist uses ishpingo, cedar and mahogany wood to create the illusion of a jigsaw puzzle and then used all natural dyes to create the beautiful puzzle effect. The many colors to make up this gorgeous sculpture are as vibrant as the colors that make up our lives. The tree often symbolizes the family. Deep roots serve to strengthen and support the tree as do the connections with our families create our foundation. The branches symbolize relationships throughout our lives. This gorgeous tree will become a treasured work of art to be handed down through the generations.
John Barrow was born in London on September 22, 1934. After studying Engineering he traveled to Peru, in 1969, to work at a paper mill. His original contract was for eight weeks, but John ended up staying in Peru permanently.John has always enjoyed woodwork; he learned the craft from his father, who was a carpenter. Carving became one of John’s favorite pastimes, a spare-time hobby.”Living in Peru allowed me to get to know a variety of beautiful wood types. When I found time I would carve various furniture pieces,” John explains. “When I retired, I was finally able to dedicate myself completely to my passion, carving!””I love to make all sorts of things. I am a perfectionist, so I prefer to look for the perfect wood type and take great care with each detail. I want to make something that is different than what you might usually see, so I have designed my own machines and tools to help me work wood in a different way.”