Architect produces wooden products as creative outlet and additional source of income

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A Gazan architect handcrafts unique decor, toys, and household utensils using firewood from citrus, almond, and olive trees. Mohamed Helles combines traditional wood carving and uses modern computer sculpting tools to produce one-of-a-kind pieces.

He’s the first to produce some of these wooden kitchen utensils in Gaza – meeting local market needs and helping reduce dependence on imports for items like Eid cookie molds.

However, he said frequent multi-hour blackouts and the inability to export his products outside the Gaza Strip because of border restrictions are significant challenges preventing him from developing his business.

The architect told A24 News Agency that despite the harsh living conditions, Gazans are developing their capacities for industry and creativity.

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