Meet the Artisan
The Woodcarver From Mali
Amadou learned his craft on his father’s knee at the age of eight. And he made a living by hand-carving traditional wooden pieces from African Blackwood. When international logging companies began mass harvesting, everything changed. The skills he inherited from generations of craftsmen were suddenly irrelevant. Locals were left only with the pieces left behind –deemed “unsuitable” for high-end mass production. 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. And it should continue.