A few posts back, I got several comments asking me what the wooden piece was that the fruit were resting on. It’s actually a carved piece of wood (type unknown) that was “distressed” on purpose and meant for export. Is it a footed bowl of sorts? However, this particular piece was completely cockeyed from certain angles, so it was a production reject. We purchased it years ago from Soumak (South of Makati), this chi-chi purveyor of very upscale sisal carpets, bamboo furniture, linens, etc. It was the only interesting and reasonably priced item in the showroom when we visited… :) Some asked if it was made of mango wood and it is not. We do have a wonderful mango wood salad bowl given to us by in-laws some 20 years ago and it is still in good shape, with it’s characteristic lines/grains of dark black against a nearly narra like brown. By the way, the photo above was used as the opening photo for my series for Philstar.com on summer fruits. You may have missed it as the placement is rather obscure, so here’s a link to all the posts so far, in case you were interested.