Walter: A Cuban artisan

By Philly Bubaris

On our second day in Havana, I met a man named Walter. He had a private business selling boxes, bookmarks, and vases he created out of recycled cedar. His pieces were elaborate, with hand-carved engravings and detailed paintings. Every piece sent a message with a quote carefully inscripted. Walter was very passionate about his work and very flattered that we were interested in hearing his story.

At the end of our time together, he gave me one of his handmade boxes with the quote, “Peace be with you and those that surround you.” He was the most interesting and passionate person I met while in Cuba.