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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    Specs

    Features
    Material Wood
    Pattern Solid
    Bowl Type Decorative Bowls
    Color Brown
    Product Features Handmade
    Set Includes 1 Piece
    Shape Round
    Worldstock Worldstock
    Dimensions 2.0x2.0x3.0
    Model Number KAH:KWF006
    Country of Origin Kenya
    • very cool
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      I ordered three of these olive wood spice bowls to give as gifts and they arrived today, and they are just beautiful. They are made by local herdsman in Kenya from reclaimed olive tree stumps . Each one is quite different in shape and somewhat varied in size, as they are crafted following the grain of the olive wood. As I expected, they are small, as another reviewer mentioned -- mine vary from about 2 x 3 inches to 3.5 x 3 inches and are the perfect size for table salt. Each has its own little matching spoon, each one also distinctly different in shape, and they are packaged individually in a small film bag with a little folder included explaining the process of how and where they are made. Very cool.I have already used one -- will be re-ordering a replacement to give as a gift. I would highly recommend this product to anyone who cares about free trade and likes to cook!

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    • 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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    • Verified Purchase

      Lovely addition to my collection of olive wood for my kitchen needs. I love that it has a roughness to it. The way in which it is made gives it that personal touch that only hand carving can achieve. Makes for an excellent salt pot.

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    • 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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    • Looks like a museum piece
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      This is such a jewel. I bought it to give as a gift but I'm keeping it instead. The bowl is very heavy for its size. The grain pattern in the wood is gorgeous. The tiny spoon is exquisite. The only flaw is a teeny tiny place at the end of the little spoon handle where a little fragment of wood is splintering up...I don't know whether to pull it off, sand it down, or just leave it alone...but I had to look at it for a few minutes before I even saw the spot.

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    • Excellent find
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      This hand carved piece is beautiful! It is perfect for keeping sea salt or other frequently used spices at hand in a unique way. The carving is going with the wood grain making it a pleasure to look at too. Great gift idea for the chef in your life...

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    • Olive spice bowl
      Verified Purchase

      Very attractive yet a bit different than the usual. The wood is beautiful. Nice gift for my wood-loving son.

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    • Beautiful and very roughly hewn
      Verified Purchase

      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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    • Spice Bowl
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      I ordered two of these little spice bowls for my daughter, who is a real " foodie". She and her husband love to use the various flavored salts available on the market now and these little containers are perfect for this use. I am saving these for her birthday and I know she will be very pleased. They are a very substantial weight and are really nice looking. They are miniature as the name states but absolutely perfect for salts and others spices. I am very pleased with these bowls.

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    • A 'little' deceptive
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      This is a beautiful bowl. I was VERY surprised by the size. It is a very, very, small bowl. A Bic lighter is about the size from the front of the bowl to the handle. I didn't expect that it would be huge, being a 'spice bowl', but the picture is surely deceptive.

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    • A gift for the person who has everything
      Verified Purchase

      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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    • Beautifully made
      Verified Purchase

      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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    • 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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    • 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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    • 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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    • Cute
      Verified Purchase

      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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    • A 'little' deceptive
      Verified Purchase

      This is a beautiful bowl. I was VERY surprised by the size. It is a very, very, small bowl. A Bic lighter is about the size from the front of the bowl to the handle. I didn't expect that it would be huge, being a 'spice bowl', but the picture is surely deceptive.

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    • SWEET GIFT FOR A REFINED PERSON
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      IT TAKES A SPECIAL PERSON TO APPRECIATE THIS TINY ITEM - BUT IT CAN BE USEFUL FOR A FOODIE OR HERBAL EXPERT.

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    • salt bowl
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      i gave this to my mom who can be hard to buy for and she just loved it!

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    • Verified Purchase

      While it is quality made it is very small no bigger than 2.5”- 3.5”

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    • Verified Purchase

      Cute Smaller than I thought it would be

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      This user was entered into a sweepstakes after submitting their honest review.

    • Verified Purchase

      Beautiful handmade product. Great quality.

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    • Verified Purchase

      Perfect size for salt cellar

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    • Verified Purchase

      Alot tinier than i thought. Quality is ok.

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    • Verified Purchase

      Lovely addition to my collection of olive wood for my kitchen needs. I love that it has a roughness to it. The way in which it is made gives it that personal touch that only hand carving can achieve. Makes for an excellent salt pot.

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    • Verified Purchase

      Super cute but it is tiny.

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    • Verified Purchase

      very useful, especially with scoop. The handle on the side makes it easy to carry where you want to place it down. Nice use of wood.

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    • Verified Purchase

      small but a great gift for the holidays

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    • Verified Purchase

      I bought this spice bowl/salt bowl and I love it!! It came with a set of hand carved African animals napkin holders!! It’s stunning and I love the very uniqueness of each one!! I also bought another set for a very hard to please person!! They loved t!!

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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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