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The trainees at the Eve Branson Foundation's Tansghart Woodwork Centre have been working on a new table for the Asmoun Lounge at Kasbah Tamadot. The result has been the creation of a beautiful and unique piece of furniture.
Some of the trainees measuring the trunk
The process itself has been particularly satisfying and rewarding, as the project has used wood that's been sustainably cut from a local tree orchard, transported by the trainee woodworkers and then dried, sawn, levelled and shaped by hand.
Preparing the base for the table
The walnut root structure was originally in an orchard at Tassa Ourgaine, further up into the mountains. The tree had died a couple of years ago so it is a positive story of sustainability in action to see it having a second life at Kasbah Tamadot.
Transporting the table base to Kasbah Tamadot
Working with local orchards means the woodworkers can apply their skills using speciality woods which would often otherwise be cost prohibitive or simply too difficult to source sustainably.
The table in all its glory in the Asmoun Lounge at Kasbah Tamadot
The resulting table centrepiece shows off the beauty of the walnut wood but also symbolises so much more: the importance of using renewable and local resources; partnering with the local community and orchards; providing training and job creation and ultimately, instilling a sense of community pride in a handcrafted table showcased at Kasbah Tamadot. We adore it!
The table in situ with the mountains in the background
One of three centres set up and operated by the Eve Branson Foundation, the Tansghart Woodwork Centre was set up to help tackle youth unemployment and the lack of vocational training for young men who have dropped out of school – with an overall aim of addressing the skills gap. Carpentry training has moved into its third year with trainees creating bespoke furniture and artisanal crafts such as hand-carved walnut bowls. All trainees undergo rigorous health and safety training in machinery and tool usage. Many of their items such as carved wooden games and serving platters now feature at Kasbah Tamadot.
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