Shell Bowl

This distinctive, hand-carved wood bowl supports the emergence of Fair Trade for Ivory Coast artisans.


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Carving For a Cause

This distinctive wood bowl is among the first works to be exported from Ivory Coast, which suffered trade isolation during its political strife in the early 21st century. Each piece supports Fair Trade artisans striving to reconnect with steady income through the market for skilled handcrafts. These artisans' hand carving in the woodworking traditions of the Akan people of the region connects makers with one another and with the managed reforestation efforts in Ivory Coast. Their pieces reflect the natural beauty of coastal West Africa through a juxtaposition of materials and form: the spiral shell motif of the bowl reflects the influence of the sea, while the richly-grained gmelina wood used connects it to the land. As a centerpiece, a salad bowl, or a memorable wedding gift, it's a product with a powerful history.

Due to the handmade nature of this item, each is unique and will vary.


Made in Cote d'Ivoire

Made from
gmelina wood
Approximately 9" L x 8" W x 5" H
Wipe clean with damp cloth. Polish with mineral oil.

Help condition and preserve your bowl with mineral oil.
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Most of our items are in stock and will ship quickly. Orders for in-stock items placed before 5pm ET Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays, will ship:
Economy shipping:
within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
Standard shipping:
within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
Preferred shipping:
within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
Expedited shipping:
within 1 day, arriving 2 business days after the order was placed.
Express shipping:
will ship the same day and arrive 1 business day later.

Please note: This item is not available to ship outside of the U.S.

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