Einstein’s parents came to Haiti from Jamaica in the 1940’s and founded the woodworking business, developing their own tree plantations of Obechee tree as word spread of the quality and craftsmanship of their product and demand increased. They now have multiple tree plantations from which they draw their wood.
Every Einstein Wood product is handcrafted. It begins as a shape and a form, and every product has unique variations, lending to its inherent beauty. Each item is inspected, cleaned with putty, and then coated with up to 10 layers of lacquer to give the naturally lightwood a rich, dark, chocolate finish. All of Einstein Albert bowls are hand made by Einstein Albert, one of the premiers wood craftsmen of Haiti.
Einstein Albert’s workshop is located in Mariani, the eastern edge of Port-au-Prince, where he employs several apprentices. The woodworking center averages 40 employees although, at their busiest times, they employ as many as 80. 60% of their work force is women. The women are primarily responsible for the sanding. The men are engaged in aspects of production requiring heavier labor.
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