Olive Wood Salad Hands
Made in Tunisia
by carvers using wild olive wood
Toss your salads in style with these short salad hands. These salad hands have been hand-carved from wild olive wood, and they are pieces you’ll be able to use for years. Each purchase supports Le Souk Olivique artisans.
Hand-carved, Handmade Wild Olive Wood, Fair Trade | Salad Hands
Le Souk Ceramique + Olivique
Based in Tunisia, Le Souk has grown from a garage studio to a workshop of more than 50 employees who carve beautiful serveware and utensils using wild olive wood. In a safe and supportive environment, the artisans are guaranteed fair wages, healthcare, and social security payments.
In Tunisia, Le Souk Olivique purchases raw wood, and it then takes approximately one year for the wood to dry naturally outside to avoid any splitting. The artisans use small tools for fine cutting, sand the wood, insert the wood in a food-safe finishing oil, and allow the wood to drip dry for one day. In the final stages, the artisans complete the sanding and buffing with oil and a towel. This step develops a smooth finish and locks in any moisture that may have remained in place.
With the capital, Tunis, strategically located on the Mediterranean Sea, Tunisia has been a seat of power over the centuries to the Romans, Arabs, Ottoman Turks and French. Following independence from French rule in 1956, Tunisia has been governed by only two heads of state, President Bourguiba for three decades and President Ben Ali from 1987 until 2011. The October 2011 elections brought leadership responsible for drafting a new constitution. However the assassination of the opposition leader in July 2013 resulted in calls for the current government to resign.
Fair Trade Products
Fair Trade is an approach to international trade centered around equitable partnerships, transparency and respect. It seeks to empower marginalized producers by providing them safe working conditions, fair pay, and a means to establish a sustainable business free from exploitation. As a member of the Fair Trade Federation, we are committed to the Fair Trade principles.