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Roughhewn Sandalwood Vase by Mbanda

Item # 29312
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Brighten your day with a colorful flower blossom, displayed in a gorgeous vase hand-carved by a world artisan recognized for his distinctive style. A simple way to add international flair and function to just about any space!

Hand-carved in fragrant Sandalwood by wood artisan Mbanda in his studio in Mozambique. An innovative "oar" style with an elongated stem to hold a single flower, one side is left in a natural, roughhewn state, while the stem and the other side is polished to a lustrous patina to accentuate the woodgrain. Using wood from decades-old stumps provides an alternative to cutting down healthy trees.

Small Vase ($14.95) measures 6" T x 2.5" W (15.2 x 6.4 cm), and the Large vase ($19.95) measures 8"T x 3.25" W (20.3 x 8.2 cm). Handmade in and fair-trade imported from Mozambique.

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Artisan: Mbanda

Artisan Mbanda

Working with native sandalwood, Mozambique artisan Mbanda comes from a proud tradition of woodcarving stretching back generations. His distinctive designs have drawn the attention of major design magazines, creating enough of a market for his products that he now employs four other artisans in his workshop.

His method of utilizing natural textures combined with burnished surfaces sets his woodwork apart and makes his style difficult to duplicate. In addition to his many popular vases and bowls, Mbanda's most successful designs feature carved sandalwood figures with pointed faces and streaming hair.

Being able to make a good living creating art on the world stage has been an inspiration for the next generation of woodcarvers in Mozambique. When not in school, his own son is learning the craft at his father's side, and he is already showing promise as a crafter in his own right.

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