I am lucky enough to collaborate with some of the most
talented artisans working with horn in Uganda.
The horn goes through a very lengthy and skilled process before it
arrives beautifully packaged at your door.
These are the people that make it happen.
Andrew and Robert, the Workshop Managers. The workshop employs more than 40 people
and is situated just on the outskirts of Kampala – about 20 minutes from where I live.
The horn is locally sourced from all over Uganda. It is dried outside in the sun and then
heated in hot cooking oil before being flattened or moulded. The horn is not the same from all
over Uganda certain horns from different areas of the country make particular items.
Each piece is cut by hand using precision instruments, or moulded as in the case
of our wonderful Salad Bowls. This is a picture of the production of a single bead.
After cutting or moulding, the items are polished on high speed polishing
machines to give them their wonderful high sheen.
And yet more polishing!
All our packing is made in Uganda by http://www.papercraftafrica.com
a company I have known for more than 25 years, when my son used to go
to the workshop with the school to learn how to make paper. Banana fibres, pineapple
tops and elephant grass are all used in the production of their re-cycled paper.
Some of the workshop staff who are pleased and delighted to be working
on these wonderful products.
We hope you enjoy them!