February 16, 2011

Local Handcrafted Carvings


Over the past several weeks I've been working with a local artist to help create some marketing material for his work.  His name is Martin Castro and he has created some beautiful jewelry and carvings made from shells, bone, horns, and stone.

You can check out his blog/website called Memoirs of a Shell Carver to see some of his current works of art.  Below are some of the pictures I took for him at his workshop and at the beach.

Created with flickr slideshow from softsea.

I first ran across Martin at the Flame Tree Festival where he was selling his pendants, jewelry, and carvings.  Other carvers and artists were there at the Festival as well.  All equally impressive.  These artists hold on to the traditions of the local culture and they showcase the beauty of things found right here on Saipan and the Mariana Islands.

These handcrafted carvings are exquisite and I take great pride in knowing they are made by skilled hands right here on Saipan.  And yes, this is another reason why I Luv Saipan.

(hu guaiya hao mama)


  1. These are awesome! I'm a photographer on Saipan and I would love to showcase his work as well. I'm doing a series called "Faces of the Marianas" where I meet up, interview, and take photos of people with stories/talents/hobbies in the C.N.M.I.

    You can see some of my series on facebook here http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=40952&id=118315434858256

  2. Hey John. I'm a fan of yours on FB. You're extremely talented and I'll be happy to introduce you to Martin.


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