MALUCU MARRUMA
Murrebue - Mozambique

Craftsmanship

Chanfuta Timber A variety of Mozambican hardwood timber has been locally sourced from our timber concession including Umbila, Jambire, Pau Preto and Chanfuta [Afzelia Quansensis], pictured. 90% of the timber logged in Mozambique is exported to China, however the industry has come under increasing pressure due to illegal and undocumented groups exporting timber to the detriment of the country. Our sustainable approach to the use of timber mandates that for every tree used in our construction, another ten trees are planted.

Chanfuta Timber

A variety of Mozambican hardwood timber has been locally sourced from our timber concession including Umbila, Jambire, Pau Preto and Chanfuta [Afzelia Quansensis], pictured. 90% of the timber logged in Mozambique is exported to China, however the industry has come under increasing pressure due to illegal and undocumented groups exporting timber to the detriment of the country. Our sustainable approach to the use of timber mandates that for every tree used in our construction, another ten trees are planted.

Granite Located 80km west of Malucu Marruma, Montepuez is most commonly known as the location of the world famous Gemfields ruby mine, believed to be the most significant recently discovered ruby deposit in the world. Montepuez is also the location of our granite quarry, allowing us the rare opportunity of incorporating any piece of granite up to seven tonnes in weight. 

Granite

Located 80km west of Malucu Marruma, Montepuez is most commonly known as the location of the world famous Gemfields ruby mine, believed to be the most significant recently discovered ruby deposit in the world. Montepuez is also the location of our granite quarry, allowing us the rare opportunity of incorporating any piece of granite up to seven tonnes in weight. 

Mangrove Pole Fences Because mangrove poles absorb so much saline water while growing, the extremely dense timber is so hard that most local saw mills will refuse to allow it to be cut using their machines. This makes it ideal for use in the structure of houses, and in this case fences. More than 1km of mangrove pole fences border the property, all assembled without the use of of nails or screws, and all cut by hand by one of our carpenters, Cansola. 

Mangrove Pole Fences

Because mangrove poles absorb so much saline water while growing, the extremely dense timber is so hard that most local saw mills will refuse to allow it to be cut using their machines. This makes it ideal for use in the structure of houses, and in this case fences. More than 1km of mangrove pole fences border the property, all assembled without the use of of nails or screws, and all cut by hand by one of our carpenters, Cansola. 

 
Workshop Once the timber has been felled it is transported to our yard located in Pemba, where the logs are stacked to dry and season for a number of years. Our rough saws then break down the logs and convert them into boards, where they are stacked again for further seasoning before being transported to our carpentry workshop also in Pemba. From there our artisans skillfully craft all timber joinery and furniture used throughout the development.

Workshop

Once the timber has been felled it is transported to our yard located in Pemba, where the logs are stacked to dry and season for a number of years. Our rough saws then break down the logs and convert them into boards, where they are stacked again for further seasoning before being transported to our carpentry workshop also in Pemba. From there our artisans skillfully craft all timber joinery and furniture used throughout the development.

Stuart and the Mekonde Woodcarvers At 42 years of age, Suart Hussein Madiva has been carving wood for most of his life. He was born in Muidumbe, and is one of the famous Mekonde carvers from northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. In 1987 Stuart began studying wood carving at the Begamoyo Sculpture School in Tanzania, and a few years later was also one of their teachers. He lives close to Malucu Marruma with his wife and their four children - Monica, 25; Sofia, 14; Robinsson, 12; and Elisabeth, 6.

Stuart and the Mekonde Woodcarvers

At 42 years of age, Suart Hussein Madiva has been carving wood for most of his life. He was born in Muidumbe, and is one of the famous Mekonde carvers from northern Mozambique and southern Tanzania. In 1987 Stuart began studying wood carving at the Begamoyo Sculpture School in Tanzania, and a few years later was also one of their teachers. He lives close to Malucu Marruma with his wife and their four children - Monica, 25; Sofia, 14; Robinsson, 12; and Elisabeth, 6.

Woodcarving Tools Deciding what to carve occurs in three steps: firstly the carver dreams about their next piece, then they imagine how it will look, then they visualise how to carve it. There are three types of woodcarving: impressionist art, realistic art or abstract art. Stuart was chosen by his Swedish teacher to make impressionist art at school, but now makes more realistic art and in his spare time produces abstract art. The tools he uses in order of use are the sigwajo (in his hands), the sivangilo, the namanwakwa, the sikwanga and the nchasa.

Woodcarving Tools

Deciding what to carve occurs in three steps: firstly the carver dreams about their next piece, then they imagine how it will look, then they visualise how to carve it. There are three types of woodcarving: impressionist art, realistic art or abstract art. Stuart was chosen by his Swedish teacher to make impressionist art at school, but now makes more realistic art and in his spare time produces abstract art. The tools he uses in order of use are the sigwajo (in his hands), the sivangilo, the namanwakwa, the sikwanga and the nchasa.