Shell Bowl

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

$65.00

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.

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Made in Ghana

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

Help condition and preserve your bowl with mineral oil.
Item ID
25305

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within 8 days, arriving no later than the 9th business day after the order was placed.
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within 4 days, arriving 5 business days after the order was placed.
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within 2 days, arriving 3 business days after the order was placed.
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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.

REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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UncommonGoodsShell Bowl
 
4.5

(based on 8 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • High quality material (3)

Cons

  • Limited capacity (3)

Best Uses

  • Display (3)
  • Everyday (3)
  • Special occasions (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Midrange shopper (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes (4)

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4.0

A fancy pricey sturdy gift

By 

from NY

About Me Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Brilliant Finish
  • Creative & Functional
  • High Quality Material

Cons

  • Limited Capacity

Best Uses

  • Dinner Parties
  • Display
  • Everyday
  • Special Occasions

Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

This was a well-made gift!

 
4.0

Beautiful, but small

By 

from NY

About Me Bargain Hunter

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • High Quality Material

Cons

  • Limited Capacity

Best Uses

  • Dinner Parties
  • Display
  • Everyday
  • Holidays
  • Special Occasions

Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

It's beautifully constructed, but definitely not big enough to be called a salad bowl. Maybe a nut bowl. Also the story behind it is part of what makes it special, but there wasn't a card or anything enclosed with it that explained it - as this was a gift I printed it out from the website myself, but that would have preferred a nicer presentation. But the recipient was an environmentalist who does a lot of work to protect the ocean and the land, so this was a beautiful symbolic gift and she loved it!
#sweepstakes

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
5.0

I would buy this again

By 

from New York

Verified Buyer

Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

Great for a beach house. Sturdy and beautifully made

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes
 
4.0

I would recommend this product and site to others

By 

from Wauwatosa wi

About Me Stylish

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Creative & Functional
  • Easy To Clean
  • Easy To Use
  • High Quality Material

Cons

  • Limited Capacity

Best Uses

  • Display
  • Everyday
  • Special Occasions

Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

Although the capacity is smaller than hoped for, this bowl is lovely and can be used for snacks, candy, or just set out on a table. I wish a little oil and a leaflet with instructions would have come with it to get the recipient started maintaining it correctly. Nevertheless, very pleased!
Dorothy

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5.0

Beautiful. Wood lighter than shown here

By 

from Raleigh NC

About Me Midrange Shopper

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Beautiful Shell Design
  • Nice size
  • Well made

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

      This bowl is gorgeous. While I know every bowl will be different, Ours has much more of the lighter blonde wood than the one shown here, which I think is really pretty.

      I don't agree that its too small to be used for a salad bowl. It is true to the measurements and the depth is nice. I would use it for a salad bowl for maybe 3-4 people.

      I bought this as a gift and love it so much that I plan to order one for myself

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      lovely bowl

      By 

      from Tallahassee, Fl

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design
      • Durable
      • Unique

      Cons

      • Too Small

      Best Uses

      • Gifts
      • Kitchen

      Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

      This is a beautiful, well made bowl; however, I was looking for a larger bowl to use for salads. The dimensions are for tip of bowl to tip, not the actual bowl container space itself. It will come in handy for chips, small salads, fruit, etc. Also, the delivery was excellent! Got it within 3 days.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      striking peice

      By 

      from Jersey Shore

      About Me Midrange Shopper

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attractive Design

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Gifts
        • Living Room

        Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

        this was for my niece who married in June on the beach in Punta Cuna so I thought it would be a fitting piece for her lifestyle

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Beautiful!

        By 

        from Denver, CO

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about UncommonGoods Shell Bowl:

        Bought this as a wedding gift and wanted to keep it for myself!

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