• It may look simple, but being a master brass craftsman takes practice, practice, practice. Akwasi, who was seven years old when his father taught him the art of lost-wax casting, is now almost forty and has six children of his own—three sons and three daughters, though only the boys will learn the craft because brass-working is considered “men’s work.” He might, however, have rebellion on his hands; we met one son, who said he would much rather be a soccer player.

Photography by Nyani Quarmyne

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