Andre Paul Lefond has been hand-crafting products from ethically-gathered horn and bone for over 34 years. He manages his own workshop, employing 30 men.
Andre first learned the craft of turning cow and goat horn and bone into beautiful products at the age of 14 from his uncle. Little by little he worked to buy his own tools and build up his own business. During the 2010 earthquake, Andre lost his workshop. With the help of generous supporters Andre was able to receive a grant to build a new cooperative workspace. He says the workshop is not his, but it belongs to all of the artisans. He strives to teach young men the craft his uncle first taught him, so that they don't have to learn lessons the hard way in which he did, but instead can use his knowledge to advance themselves and build their own business.
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Materials: ethically gathered bone and 14k gold fill chain.
Note: Each necklace looks a little different because the colors within the bone varies.