The Chiwembe bowl is a large, beautifully handcrafted African Blackwood bowl. This is the largest Blackwood bowl we've made. The local name is "Mpingo." Mpingo is one of the most sought after wood species in the world. Only one cubic foot of the exotic material weighs 80 pounds. It is pest proof, water proof and fire proof. Known as "The Original Ebony", this wood was used by ancient Egyptians as utensils and instruments. It is the most coveted wood for instrument makers to this day.
Known as the wave bowl, because they are meticulously formed using the natural grain and features of the wood to provide a unique and individual piece. No two pieces are the same. This particular bowl is made out of the mystical African Blackwood tree and comes from Eastern Africa, from a small country known as Malawi.
Malawi is part of the great rift valley and its flora and fauna are unique and some of which are not found anywhere else in the world. This beautiful bowl can be used to decorate ones home and will provide a distinguishing look to any living area. African Blackwood is amongst the rarest and most valuable woods in the world, similar for its properties to its cousin, Black Ebony Wood, which is just as rare and just as valuable.
In partnership with Root to Fruit, we are pledging to plant 5 fruit trees in the country of Malawi when this bowl is sold. The client can choose the tree species, will receive a certificate from the non-profit organization, and will also have a GPS location of where their trees have been planted in Africa.
13.5" long x 10.5" wide x 5" deep; approximately 7 lbs
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