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A Virtual Tour of Fernando Enterprises

rmcaras Supporting Member of TMP writes:

glad to see so many positive experiences.

Sanath Fernando began his figure painting enterprise via a fortunate opportunity with my good friend, George Johnson. George's son did business with Sanath in his former? [not sure he is still active] enterprise of selling gem stone equipment. George's son was a jeweler and wholeseller of gem stones, of which are mined on the island of Sri Lanka. His son visited Sri Lanka regularly [and even built a home there].
The rest as they say is history: George was looking for a source of newly painted figures. Sanath was an entrepreneur of the highest order.

I still remember the FIRST order of painted figures from Sanath some 15+ years ago. Napoleonic Russian infantry in great coats. Needless to say their workmanship and quality have improved exponentially. The stories I could tell. Orders sent were anywhere from 5-10,000 figures. Once an order of several hundred mounted officers arrived with their master painted figure which had suffered damage of having the sword in an upraised arm break off in transit. All the unpainted figures had this strange piece of metal coming out of the hand. So? of course they broke off all of the swords so that the figures matched the painted master! LOL. NOW they know the difference. George's figures got them up the learning curve over years so you and I don't have to suffer THAT calamity!

George visited the facility at that time, Sanath had but a crew of a half-dozen. Now I understand he has a crew of over 50+ perhaps approaching the upper 70s.

Glad to see him make a go of it. We never doubted he would. He has the drive & dedication of an entrepreneur.

And yes, they are well paid relative to their locale, and especially for young women. These are ones who won't have to sell themselves into virtual slavery serving in the middle-eastern countries.

best of luck Sanath.


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Some day, I hope to make it to Sri Lanka and personally take a tour of the many painting services that do business from there... but for now, here are some photos from Fernando Enterprises of their painting facility and staff:

The factory
Artists at work
A figure being worked on
The factory