Midweek Modness: Teak Salad Bowls

salad bowl

Teak was like the official wood of mid-century modern furnishings, but it was also used to make lots of other stuff in that era. In fact, teak was so popular in the 1950s and 1960s that it was rumoured that the tree had become an endangered species (while old-growth forests are in trouble, commercially supplied teak is farmed).

When my parents got married, local church organizations often supported workshops that helped employ disabled people or people in the third world. These churches ran shops that sold these wares. My folks liked to shop at these places because you could get affordable, artisan made goods and because handmade goods from Africa and other places looked good with their sleek, Scandinavian-influenced decor. One of their purchases was a teak salad set (one bowl is pictured above). I finagled it from my mom many moons ago, but I love it still.

When I was at their place on Canada Day, I found that she still had one of the serving bowls with its original label on it.