Handmade Miniature Olive Wood Spice Bowl (Kenya)

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ITEM# 11542517
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    ITEM#: 11542517

    This olive wood salt pot is carved from very old tree stumps on the Kahero Farm in Kenya's Rift Valley. The handmade dish features an oblong shape and shows a totally unique design in the natural grains of the wood.

    Product Features:
    • Oblong shape
    • Handcrafted of natural wood pieces
    • Measures approximately 2.5 to 3 inches in diameter

    Story Behind the Art:
    These olive wood salt pots are carved from very old tree stumps on the Kahero Farm in Kenya's Rift Valley. The Kahero Farm is just about 10 miles north of the Equator in the Great Rift Valley. It was a forest many years ago where people cut down trees for firewood and charcoal. The new owners of the farm saved the brown olive (Olea Africana) stumps of trees that were cut down decades earlier and taught the local herdsmen to carve bowls and spoons from the aged wood. No two bowls are alike. Every bowl is made according to the grain in the wood. The only power tool involved is a chain saw used to cut the stumps into workable pieces. After that, the carvers use machetes, chisels, and other homemade tools, some made from old harrow disks. The bowls are finished with broken glass bottles and sand paper and are then dipped in liquid paraffin, which protects the beauty of the wood.

    What is Worldstock?

    The handcrafted touch of artisan skill creates variations in color, size and design. If buying two of the same item, slight differences should be expected. Note: Color discrepancies may occur between this product and your computer screen.


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    Style Traditional
    Material Wood
    Pattern Solid
    Bowl Type Decorative Bowls
    Color Brown
    Country of Origin Kenya
    Product Features Handmade
    Set Includes 1 Piece
    Shape Round
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 2.0x2.0x3.0
    Model Number KAH:KWF006
    Country of Origin Kenya

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    • Most Recent

    • VERY small.
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      I was a bit disappointed in this purchase for the money. In my estimation, it would only hold 1/8 cup of water. (It is not meant for food items, this information is given so you can estimate size only).

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      Judy V. Jan 7, 2018
    • Very authentic and nice
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      This was a very reasonably priced authentic addition to my bowl collection. I have enjoyed it and it also has versatile uses to put small things in for example. Otherwise it is a very nice small display piece for people who enjoy native art.

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      orchid1956 Jan 6, 2018
    • Unique gift
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      I purchased this to be a gift and have kept it myself. The beauty of the wood, the quality of craftsmanship AMAZING if you like unique items. I doubt mine will ever be used in the kitchen, but it will be proudly displayed for my quests to enjoy.

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      Lisa M. Dec 26, 2017
    • What I ordered
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      I ordered for one daughter after she saw and wanted the set my other daughter has. Exactly what they wanted for salt and pepper to stay out on the counter.

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      Jean F. Dec 13, 2017
    • Beautiful and very roughly hewn
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      This bowl/mug is small, very small, and otherwise looks exactly like the photo. Super charming. It's not waxed or covered with any clear coat, so it's raw wood, but there aren't any splinters on mine -- just rough edges. It's not ribboned/striated like most olive wood I've seen, but still worth buying. Would buy it again, in fact.

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      animot Jul 21, 2017
    • Most Helpful

    • A gift for the person who has everything
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      I bought this as a gift for someone who seems to like nothing anyone ever buys him - unless he specifies what you buy. He is an extraordinary chef and I thought this was unique. I have never seen him so happy after opening a present from me!! He was ecstatic! I had read mixed reviews so was a bit nervous about the purchase- but the size and workmanship was perfect, just like the picture. This is a winner!!

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      mothermad Mar 4, 2011
    • Beautifully made
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      A wonderful, unique gift for the cook who has everything. Rustic, yet beautiful, it would fit in just about any decorating style.

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      mbrooks4 Dec 6, 2011
    • sueathome
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      Very disappointed. Color is not rich and varied like online. It is pale and no real color variations. Very small. Looks like plastic.

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      sueathome Aug 13, 2013
    • not as shown, very poorly made
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      I received a very differently styled cup - not at all as shown. The cup was very rough, had been "rough sanded" with gouges showing that had not been taken out. The style was completely different - looked like a coffee cup. and the top edges were chipped and split, so there were sharp edges. This is a horrible product.

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      overstockfan3 Apr 24, 2012
    • Cute
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      Very cute but small holds about 1/4 cup and the spoon is tiny about a1/8 teaspoon. Use it daily by the stove. Do I wish it was a little bigger....yes .

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      lv2000 Feb 7, 2016

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      "Why did you choose this product?"

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        It was a gift.

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        Interesting and will be a nice addition to a friend's collection

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        Beautiful and hoping it will make a great salt box by the stove.

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        I think it's and so cool being made in kenya someone has a great hand and eye for such awesome art!

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        Interesting artistic gem bought one for myself and two as gifts

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        Actually this product was chosen for me for a birthday gift.

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        I love this wood, it will match another bowl i have

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        Love olive wood products

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        It is interesting and my friend went there. My family and I grind spices in a container so it seemd different. Something new to try.

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        Because it is a great decorated bowl and can dress up a table really well. Also I love things that are different.

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