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Saturday, September 4, 2010

Desk Accessories - Paperweights, Pencil Cups, Pencil Boxes & more!

Looking for unique gift for that hard to buy for professional?

We sell a GREAT selection of hand carved, hand painted Desk Accessories that you will want to check them out!

Our African soapstone (Kisii stone) come from Kenya and are carved by several Gusii families.

Using a limited number of tools, the carvers mine the soapstone in large blocks, then pare off smaller chunks for carving. Using a small knife called a kisu, the carvers utilize as much of the stone as possible, using scraps to create miniature animals and colorful hearts.

Once the Kisii stone carver create the raw forms, the items are transported to Nairobi, where a loose collective of artisans color the forms with natural dyes and etch the final details. The painted designs are inspired by the flora and fauna of East Africa, as well as textiles, tribal icons and even current events.

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