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Artisans turn armaments into garden markers

By Mary Beth Breckenridge Published: July 3, 2014

These herb garden markers remind me of the biblical concept of beating swords into plowshares. They were made by turning articles of war into spoon shapes.

The plant markers, from Article 22, were made by Laotian artisans who melted bombs, plane parts and other aluminum scrap from the Vietnam War and cast the metal in molds.

The company donates 10 percent of the sale proceeds to the village where they originated.

The markers come in a set of five engraved with “parsley,” “sage,” “rosemary,” “thyme” and “basil” and sell for $65 a set.

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