Our stats on Facebook show us that our audience is primarily made up of women. But, we have great products for men, too! Rustic or sleek and lots in between, we would love to see more men discover and support our shops!
I’ve always had a great time shopping and making for my brother and Dad as both have a deep appreciation for the handmade process. They also have a wide range of interests and hobbies, making it easy to hit on something they will enjoy. Growing up, our house reflected both of my parents. But, I have been to some homes where it is hard to imagine the guy feeling at home there: lace and peach and Hummel figurines that ooze of femininity. Perhaps there is no such thing as a definite handmade style for men, but let’s look at some of our Artizan products and see if you agree with me that these fit the “hombre style”. (Hombre means “man” in Spanish.”)
Featured image: Conquistador mask, Mexico, Sir Raffles Art and History.
Made by our Artizan Dudes
If it’s made by a guy, other guys will probably like it, right? These are hand crafted by the men in Artizan Made. Click on the images to visit their shops.
Bryan Tyler Nelson turns wood, often contrasting rugged, raw surfaces with sleek, highly polished finishing. His bowls and woodwork are aimed at the discerning and appreciative eye, collected by many men around the world.
Chuck Domitrovich’s bold and clean designs work for men and women. A big part of his business is dedicated to creating wedding bands for couples who want something out of the ordinary. Chuck also enjoys technical challenges and has several rings and pendants that have movable parts.
A master woodworker, Joe Guarnere’s medieval treasure boxes scream “Hobbit!” to me. The box comes with a strap and could be worn as a purse, but they would also be great in an office as a place to store special mementos, letters (remember them?) and anything a wizard might store away from the public eye.
Peter Off is what we call a Renaissance man these days. He makes these candles with Kata Asmany, and also creates jewelry, is a photographer, writes and can probably do almost anything he sets his mind to do. The candles seem like the perfect gift for the literate man, the anthropologist and the traveler.
Jeffrey Elliott blows glass: lots of vessels and paper weights, which make great office gifts. An ancient art with contemporary appeal!
A fair trade group of carvers in Namibia, the Oshiwa designs spring from the imaginations of these African men. They are inspired by the natural life of their villages and by traditional African designs. The stamps are used to print on paper or fabric, and can also be used to press into clay, soap or dough. Add a little picture hanger to the back and they make great wall art!
A collective of weavers in Mexico, many men work on these beauties! The Hammock Boutique is perfect for that guy who needs a break, who knows how to relax and who hopefully isn’t too lazy to get back up again!
Madoc Paul was interested in finding things to make with worn parachutes. That led to making bags like this one, using recycled tents, leather jackets and other materials destined for landfills. Gorgeous, sturdy, green: they will last a lifetime!
Other Handmade Manly Goods
We have many, many things to pick from, but there are three shops we just need to mention because they have specific products created for men. Wrapture by Inese, an eco shop which recycles wool yarns into its garments. Inese Liepina knits wonderfully soft sweaters for men, from earthy browns to bright blues and greens.
Siamese Dream Design makes comfy slippers and shoes for men. I just know that my brother would love these! (If they make them big enough….. Size 13, please?) Ummmmmmmmm…. they go nicely with the hammocks! Relaxation is in the air!
Artizan Made has several shops that focus on vintage handmade. You’ll find tribal and folk art, carpets, collectibles, and all kinds of wonderful objects that have been carefully salvaged and preserved for their workmanship or cultural importance. Explore our Shop Portfolios and Artizan Shop for more ideas and information.
You know what I really love about this selection? It’s international! In the United States, we have Bryan and Paula in Texas, Tom and Eric in Montana. The Oshiwa carvers live in Kenya, Hammock Boutique weaves in Mexico, Peter makes his candles in Hungary, Inese is knitting in Latvia and Barbara Grafstrom works with the Hilltribe people in Thailand. All over the world, the Handmade Revolution allows both men and women to participate in intentional design, supporting and promoting skills that have been handed down from generation to generation or re-discovered by creatives who choose a lifestyle that is closer to the earth.
If you are a guy, we would love to hear about what you like to buy for your home or to wear. Do you embrace the handmade style? If you are a woman, what are some of the things you have bought or made for your men that were a big hit?
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Quickview All Products, Niche, Fair Trade, Tribal Art, Animals, Brown, Rustic, Make It, Printing Blocks, Materials, Wood, Method, Carved, Provenance, AfricaOshiwa Designs - African Carved Printing Blocks are sold in sets that include animals and complimentary geometric designs. Use on paper, fabric, and clay.$112.00
Quickview All Products, Home and Office, Table Top, Bowls, Niche, For Men, Woodwork, Brown, Rustic, Materials, Wood, Method, Turned, Provenance, Americas, USANelsonwood's hand turned burl bowls emphasize flaws that have been caused by insects or deformities. These rustic imperfections contrast with the smooth finish Bryan gives to the rest of the surface. Bryan has many other bowls, including yarn bowls, crochet hooks, salt and pepper mills and more in his well stocked shop on Etsy.$145.00 Shop: Nelsonwood
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Bags, Wallets, Niche, Textiles, Tribal Art, Vintage, Orange, Silk, Method, Beaded, Embroidered, Sewn, Provenance, Asia, AfghanistanA vintage tribal wallet selection from Afghanistan, perfect for storing jewelry or other valuables. Estimated age: 1970's or earlier.$60.00 Shop: Afghan Tribal Arts
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Accessories, Aprons, Niche, For Women, For Men, Elements, Black, White, Materials, Linen, Method, Sewn, LithuaniaThe not PERFECT LINEN eco-friendly apron choices are all wonderful! Double washings have made them soft and comfortable. Based in Lithuania, capital of linen!$40.00
Quickview All Products, Home and Office, Table Top, Bowls, Vases, Niche, Glass, Elements, Beach-Resort-Water, Blue, Modern, White, Materials, Glass-Material, Method, Blown, Americas, USAJeff Elliott creates hand blown glass vessels in Pleasanton, California. The glass art Closed Bowl collection featured here shows some of his work. Visit his shop on Etsy to see other shapes, colors and paper weights.$90.00 Shop: ElliottGlassArt
Quickview All Products, To Wear, Jewelry, Necklaces, Elements, Dots, Green, Make It, Beads, Materials, Gemstone, Method, Beaded, Provenance, Asia, Afghanistan, Under $30Afghanistan is rich in minerals, giving artisans a vibrant industry in creating natural and handcut gemstone beads: jade, lapis lazuli, carnelian, and more! Most of our customers are jewelry artists who break the strands to incorporate into their own work, but most of the strands can also be worn as necklaces.$30.00
Quickview All Products, Paintings, For Men, Animals, Brown, Wood, Painted, Americas, USARon Stewart paints the American SouthWest in the beloved themes of the past: Cowboys, stage coaches, Native Americans, and above all, horses, his true love. Culturalpatina Gallery owns the largest collection of Ron Stewart's art, including several bronze pieces. It is the official representative of the artist in the NorthEast of the US.$4,500.00
Quickview All Products, Home and Office, Sculpture, Niche, Holiday Themes, Christmas, Vintage, Woodwork, Elements, Figurative, Brown, Mission Style, Rustic, Spirituality, Wood, Method, Carved, Painted, Asia, PhilippinesSir Raffles Art and History specializes in vintage santos and ethnographic carvings. This listing showcases the antique carved Virgin Mary and Mother Mary santos in his Etsy shop. Charles Mandel has collected antiques and hand made carvings for many years and has much more available than what is listed, so don't hesitate to contact him for more info on what he has. Prices range between $190 - $2,100 depending on condition and provenance. Click on the Visit Shop button to head on over to his shop on Etsy.$270.00 Shop: Sir Raffles Art and History