Monday, 5 December 2016

Christmas presents

It's that time of year again, not my favourite I admit and this year I have little enthusiasm for Christmas shopping. My email inbox is already full of pressure to spend money.  Wouldn't it be nice if everyone ignored this big business push to empty our wallets and just bought items made by hand; artifacts made with love, care and thought, that support local communities rather than offshore bank accounts. I've made a start by buying myself a pair of earrings - you can see them on the board below - eucalyptus wood tipped with Bodrum blue resin. I know I will treasure them because they have a story. I saw where they were produced, know the hands that made them and met the dog that does her best to interrupt the creative process. You don't get that with Amazon.com


Salih Çakır makes this tactile jewellery in his workshop a few paces from his home in Bitez mandarin gardens, working alongside his wife, Aysel, who produces ceramics. Last year I bought two of Salih's olive wood chopping boards, one for me and one for my daughter and I think I have used my board almost if not every day since.  Salih started making furniture and will take on creative home decor projects but it is his wood and resin jewellery that is attracting attention in Turkey.



Each piece starts as a lump of coloured resin fused onto wood, the rough shapes are cut and then each piece is sanded down with increasingly fine sandpaper until the wood and resin shimmer. Each pair of earrings take several hours of work over 2 days so output is small and each piece is original.



Once the summer arrives you won't find Salih and Aysel in the workshop though, they will be on the beach with their kiteboards. Salih was Turkish Kiteboard Champion from 2011 to 2014 and Asian Champion in 2012, so if you are interested in a pair of earrings to match mine you should take a look at Lignum Design's website before the sun and breeze call the woodworker back to the sea.

Salih will be at the Trafo Christmas Fair in Bodrum on Sunday 11th December

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15 comments:

  1. Beautiful pieces. Enjoy wearing them.

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  2. . . love stuff that has the touch of the creator all over it. J and I cancelled christmas and birthdays donkey's years ago - any day will we choose can be a perfect substitute.

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    1. What a lovely idea ...

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  3. Very lovely pieces - and I so agree with your words. I am currently painting mandalas on stones and they will be gifts for some of my friends. Axxx

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    1. I was watching one of your videos on FB and was very impressed.

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  4. Our Christmas will be low key as usual though it will involve a visit to our local boozer for a couple of pre-lunch snifters. I love original jewelry. Looks great.

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    1. The quieter the better in my opinion.

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  5. Annie, I have a genuine allergy to shopping except for items like the lovely earrings Salih makes. I wish we had more really original artists like him in these parts.

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  6. Lovely - they symbolise everything about Turkey beautifully - love the way the dog is loving his master too.

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    1. The dog was one of a litter of strays on the beach. She looks very happy to have found a home in the gardens.

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  7. Love handmade stuff like this. Enjoy your earrings! And those chopping boards sound just great. :) Our Christmas Fair is coming up soon and we usually manage to pick up a few handmade goodies.

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    1. and if a glass of mulled wine is involved too, it's even better.

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  8. No Christmas shopping for us: but those earings would tempt at any time of year.

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  9. Beautiful post, another thumbs up for Bodrum, how I would love to access Salih and Aysel's work -well done to them and to you and hugely approve their lifestyle too. So with you re the craze of shopping at this time of the year xx

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