This hand-carved root platter is uniquely beautiful and stands alone as a natural work of art. It is carved from a species of fir called Shan Mu, which grows abundantly in the mountains of central China. The stumps left by logging are reclaimed prior to replanting and hand-carved by local artisans into the shapes in this collection. Each piece is a one-of-a-kind. Food-safe lacquer finish. Knotholes and minor cracks add a unique charm.
Just before the turn of the century, Enrico Ratti worked as a carpenter for a wealthy family near Castagnetto, Italy, and fell in love with their daughter, Luisa. The family would not give their blessing for Luisa to wed the orphan Enrico, so they eloped to America, bringing with them their love of the dishes of the Italian countryside. Alas, America lacked the tools of a traditional Italian kitchen, so Enrico fashioned by hand the predecessor of today’s Enrico Grater for the rich hard cheeses they so cherished. And now you too can enjoy the simple beauty and practicality of Enrico’s century-old design long with the other beautiful kitchen products in the Enrico Collection.