ELEPHANT WOOD

‘The Luangwa Woodturner’

Zambia’s Luangwa Valley is blessed with great natural abundance. Elephant, buffalo, lion and leopard roam the plains and forests and the rivers teem with hippo and crocodiles.

There are also trees; magnificent leadwoods, graceful red mahogany and vegetable ivory palms thrive in this verdant valley.

Our home is here in the Luangwa Valley and this is where we run Elephant Wood - from a small bush workshop - surrounded by palms and alive with birds and wildlife.

Adrian Carr was born in nearby Chipata and he was joined 15 years ago by me, Gid. I came from England for what was supposed to be a 6 month adventure in safaris and never left.

Adrian’s father – the legendary and pioneering conservationist Norman Carr, first introduced the concept of conservation through tourism well over 60 years ago and both Adrian and I have been working in safaris and conservation for many years prior to setting up Elephant Wood.

Inspired by the raw beauty of the trees surrounding us, we have been turning wood and creating pieces as a hobby for years. Our debut exhibition at the Sugarbush Design Show in December 2013 was more successful than we could have imagined - we exhibited under the name of The Luangwa Woodturner and are excited to be exhibiting at ZADS for the first time.

WE NEVER CUT DOWN A LIVE TREE – ALL ELEPHANT WOOD PIECES ARE MADE FROM FALLEN WOOD – MOSTLY PUSHED OVER BY ELEPHANTS OR WASHED AWAY IN FLOODING RIVERS.

Where there are elephants - there are fallen and damaged trees. The Luangwa Valley is blessed with a healthy and growing elephant population and the ubiquitous mopane tree with which we work a lot, is particularly prone to elephant damage. The Luangwa, and her tributaries - the Luwi, Kafunta, Luawata, Mutinondo, Mupamadzi to name a few, are dynamic and unpredictable. Each year at the height of the floods, huge red mahoganies, leadwoods and knobthorns are uprooted and washed away.