Zimbabwe Bowls

Although, I was sure the box was lost, we just received a box of hand hewn and hand painted wooden bowls from Zimbabwe (mid November 2018) It took five months for the package to arrive and in the interim, Bhekie, one of the craftsmen, sent me frequent e-mails, concerned that I might think that he had not sent them. There are four stages to making one of these bowls and in most instances, several different craftsmen or craftswomen are involved in the creation of each. Initially the log must be cut and formed into a rough bowl shape. The bowl is then ground to it’s desired thickness and sanded in preparation for the painting. The design is painted with natural pigments and the bowl is sealed and polished with a light shoe polish.