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Wood Carving from the High Atlas

Guides to Morocco While walking up the main street of Imlil in the High Atlas you may come across Bryam tucked away in his work shop. Stop and look in at the clippings which are spread evenly across the floor as the latest work of art is finished off with a coating of oil.

The walnut trees grown in the village make an important local resource for their plentiful crop of nuts. When the walnut tree dies Bryam gives it another life; in the shape of bowls, spoons, miniature mules and other house hold implements.

The strong interlocking grain and blood red colour of the walnut make it "the prince of woods" for carving, so step in the door, twist your way around the bench and get shaping when you are in Imlil.

FURNITURE DESIGN IN IMLIL

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Furniture and other interior design features can be found for sale at the top of Imlil. Here the workshop of is a hive of activity from 8am, where you will find Hassan and Omar starting their day .

Their latest pieces for the Kasba of Imlil are the locally grown walnut switch boxes, which are being placed through the Kaspa to cover up the plastic features. The interior and exterior of this famous building have all been hand crafted by this talented team. The sun has given warmth to the outside work shop which is used during the spring and summer months.

During the winter when the valley is covered in snow, you will find them in Tahannout where the warmer climate makes working outside still possible. With the sun pushing her way through the Walnut trees, you can hear the cut of the chisel in the hands of a mastercraftsman, drop in and see what plastic parts of your house can be changed to wood.

WOOD CARVING IN ESSAOURIA

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Wood carving is a product that you will come across throughout Morocco. But on the Atlantic coast the Moroccan town of Essaouria is the centre of craftsmen, shaping everything from tissue paper holders to elegant tables and desks.

The main hard woods used are craft sandal, cedar, thuja and lemon wood. Here the level of craftmanship is on another level, the beautiful mix of the sweet smelling dark brown oil which is used to protect the carving and the fine level of workmanship will give you a present that you must take back home. Wood carving is the main product that you will find for sale in Essaouria.

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