President receives handcrafted wooden Coat of Arms
President David Granger has been presented with a large, hand-made replica of the Coat of Arms of Guyana by overseas-based Guyanese Jonathan and Brenda Locke, a statement from the Ministry of the Presidency said.
The elaborate emblem, made from veneered wood which has undergone a special process to extend its longevity, was handed over by the Lockes during a courtesy call last Friday on the Head of State.
President Granger commended the Lockes on their fine creation and encouraged them to explore the local market and the available business opportunities. He also advised them to discuss with the Business Ministry ways in which the skill set can be taught to young people, who are interested in this type of artistic work.
A Guyanese by birth, Mr Locke said that the project was a labour of love, which he had worked on during his leisure time over the last eight years. He was impressed by the President’s receptiveness.
“My love for Guyana is so strong that I wanted to do something for Guyana.
In New York, I made the flag of Guyana out of wood and it now adorns the wall in the Guyana Consulate. The Coat of Arms is more elaborate… I was just dying to get it here and present it, hopefully, to the President,” he remarked.
“Having met with the President, I am excited about the future of Guyana. He seemed very open-minded, very realistic about what the situation is and I am totally excited about what is coming for Guyana. It’s more than I could have expected. I expected just thanks for it, but talking about the possibility of meeting with the Minister of Business and teaching the kids how to make fine furniture is way more than I expected.”