As for me, I know of nothing else but miracles. - Walt Whitman

Friday, June 6, 2014

Ethiopian Painting Supplies

When we realized we hadn't brought enough American painting equipment with us, we gathered some Ethiopian-style supplies.

An Ethiopian stir stick (emphasis on stick):

An Ethiopian paint tray:

 An Ethiopian paint mixer:

And paint rollers? I will never look at them the same way again. The man pictured below is a painter. He was so impressed with our rollers (they don't have them in Ethiopia....or at least not good ones) that he asked if he could have them for himself. We said he could, but we needed them for one more day in order to paint the library. The next day, he showed up to work an entire day for free just so he could collect his paint roller at the end of the day. AGCI paid him anyway, of course,but it was amazing to witness how precious the paint roller was to him. I wonder how long his roller cover will last? I'll think twice about just tossing mine into the trash next time.

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