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The Katemo Bowls

Most of the Mukwa (Pterocarpus angolensis ) we have in our wood store now is from the old saw pits in the Katemo area of forest a few miles from our workshop –( map co-ordinates to follow). For decades sawyers have been using these beautiful hardwood trees to make planks – something that is (thankfully) not happening so much now that people have realised the dangers of deforestation and there are far stricter regulations in place to prevent the loss of all these noble trees. We found old tree stumps at the pits that the sawyers rejected as being too short for making planks but are perfect for bowl-making. The mukwa is a rich grainy brown and turns to a silken smooth finish. Some of the grain is reminiscent of burr walnut.