An impressive fusion of walnut and cork makes this stylishly designed small bowl stand out. These bowls have been handcrafted, with a sanded interior and a beeswax glaze which is something of a trademark for their designer, Melanie Abrantes. As cork is a natural hypo-allergenic and antimicrobial substance, these pots are great for housing plants such as fresh parsley or a household cacti!
Cork is unique in that it is one of the few resources we can harvest from trees without damaging them. Cork is harvested by stripping the bark of Quercus suber, more commonly known as the cork tree. The bark is removed completely by hand as no machine has yet been invented which can do such a precise and delicate job, therefore, the cork industry is also unusual for relying on a completely manual workforce.
Melanie Abrantes, founder of Melanie Abrantes Designs, is producing quality handcrafted goods in the Bay Area of San Francisco, U.S.A. Melanie founded her company in 2013 on the belief that functionality and beauty need not be mutually exclusive terms, and believes in “getting your hands dirty” when it comes to creating beautiful woodwork objects like this.
Melanie works with a lot of different materials, but her intuitive use of the wood lathe allows her to create interesting pieces in a signature style which never fails to stand out. Melanie’s woodworks are expertly handmade, and are helping to re-establish the handmade market in the U.S. in roaring style.