Saskia has scoops of skill

Saskia de Jager’s divine tribal coffee scoops are made from indigenous wood and have beautifully carved handles.

They won her the Curios Category of the 2020 Innibos National Craft Awards.

Saskia entered the competition while packing up her home in Colesburg in the Northern Cape to relocate to Cape Town. Then the coronavirus pandemic happened and she is currently a resident of De Wilgers in Pretoria East, where she thinks she will stay for the next year or two.

The talented woman owns Ash & Elm Carvings, started around five years ago when Saskia finished her adventure tourism studies and moved to the Karoo, where she rediscovered her love of wood carving.

“I draw my inspiration from ethnic and tribal cultures from around the world. An incredible amount of attention is given to detail, to create statement pieces which I hand-carve using only chisels and gouges. In a growing culture of laser cut and machine carved wood, I believe in preserving the art of hand-carving my work as it brings the wood alive through the small imperfections,” says Saskia.

Her range includes decorative wall pieces, including wall vases and jewellery.

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