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Video: A Local Carpenter

The most powerful tool in Cuba is the human mind.

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By Stephen Friedman


6 Jul 2018 - 7 Minute Read


This carpentry shop was a few doors down from our hotel. All of their tools and materials had to be obtained on the black market, and nearly all the wood was recycled from old furniture and buildings. Because of this, each piece made had its own history and story. We were impressed with the carpenters' initiative in recycling everything, but it wasn’t something they were consciously aware of – it’s just how they do things in Cuba.

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Stephen was born in South Africa. A former professional surfer and male model, he made his mark in the television and film industry by creating, producing, and selling his first title ("The Blueprint") to Fox Networks at the age of 23. His production company, Save Your Day Films, has dozens of projects in development and preproduction, covering reality TV, animation, documentaries, and features.

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