Handmade in Kenya, these 8-inch salad servers are carved from a single piece of olive wood in a unique twisted design.
Meet the Artisans
We work with more than 100 individual carvers in Machakos, Kenya, who carve these beautiful works of art by hand using only rudimentary hand tools. Carving is a tradition in Kenya with children learning the craft from their parents. From wooden bowls to salad serving sets to animal-shaped napkin rings, carvers craft their masterpieces from olive wood, mahogany, and mpingo, or "African Ebony."
Jedando Handicrafts works with the craftspeople to raise awareness about the importance of reforestation to enable the products to be available for years to come and to offer a sustainable income for generations. While wood carving is a major source of income for many in the Machakos area, other craftspeople earn a living by further enhancing the products. For instance, artisans paint the napkin rings and others carve discarded animal bone for the handles of salad serving sets. Often the bone is "batiked" by placing wax on the white bone and dipping the bone a dark brown/black dye.