OLIVE WOOD SERVING DISH
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Tunisia’s olive oil industry dates to Roman times, and today Baklouti gives dead olive trees a second life as luscious housewares. In an atelier in the Mediterranean city of Sfax, he refines rough logs into graceful pieces like this olive wood serving dish with a curving, organic shape and richly veined grain. Meet the artisan >
100% olive wood
1 3/4”W x 13 1/2”L x 1 3/4”H
Care: Wash with a sponge and dish soap, and dry with a cloth or paper towel immediately. Do not wash in the dishwasher or leave soaking in water. If the wood begins to dry out, use a cloth and wipe with resin-free peanut or canola oil.
Third-generation artisan Fakher Baklouti inherited his craft from his father, who learned it from his father. The family business? Wood working, transforming Tunisian olive trees into rich amber bowls and platters that almost seem to glow. “It is our family heritage,” Baklouti says of his profession. “This is not simply a work that I am practicing with my hands. It’s a passion, a love story!”