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Hand Carved 11" Redwood Bowl

$300.00
HANDCARVED IN MALI

A classic shape carved from African Redwood, this bowl is sure to impress.

Color: Redwood

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Story

Use these stunning bowls to serve salads, or as a decor piece. Every bowl is carved and finished entirely by hand, making each one a unique and functional work of art. Taking up to four days to complete, these bowls represent everything we love about slow design.

In northern Mali, Amadou has been refining his craft since he was eight years old. Using techniques passed down through generations, from father to son, Amadou has mastered the art of hand carving traditional wooden bowls. No complex machines. No fancy gadgets. No unnecessary complications. Just generations of knowledge and reverence for the wood itself passing through his hands. 

Details
  • MEASUREMENTS: ~11” diameter, 2-3" depth
  • MATERIALS: 100% Untreated African Redwood
  • ORIGIN: Mali
  • Please note, each bowl is hand-carved using upcycled, restored African Redwood; therefore, the grain may differ from piece to piece.
Product Care

It’s important to season your bowl before using it. Using a clean cloth, thoroughly coat the wood with the provided mineral oil and continue to season it every so often as needed. If it appears dull or feels dry to the touch, it needs seasoning. Use warm water and mild detergent to wash the surface and never put it in the dishwasher or let it soak (this prevents cracking and warping). Also, keep your bowl out of the microwave.

MEET THE ARTISAN

The Woodcarver From Mali

Amadou

Amadou learned his craft on his father’s knee in northern Mali at the age of eight. Since then, he had made a living by hand-carving traditional wooden pieces from African Blackwood. When international logging companies began their mass harvesting, everything changed.


The skills he inherited from generations of craftsmen, his reverence for this rare and slow-growing wood and the responsibility that he feels in the four days it takes him to complete one piece – all of this was suddenly irrelevant. When money talks, indigenous artisans end up paying the price. Locals are left with the scraps left behind – pieces deemed “unsuitable” for international high-end mass production furniture.


In those scraps – the pieces with stunning white markings on the black wood – Amadou has found his wood to carve. After serious consideration, we concluded that carrying Amadou’s extraordinary pieces is indeed an ethical sourcing decision. His craft is his legacy. It was his living before the logging companies came. And it should continue.

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