Crafted by hand with cedar from the Paraguayan jungle
Tray is wrapped with 100% Full-Grain Vegetable Tanned leather sourced from Paraguay
Hand stitch finish
Intoxicating leather / cedar aroma
Most used as valet tray, catch all, charging station, stationary pad holder, tasteful decoration
9.5" (L) x 8" (H) x 2" (W)
*Duranzo = peach
Duranzo likes playing a lot of positions. It can be utilized as a valet tray, catch all (for keys, wallet, etc), stationary holder, charging station (fits largest iPhones and androids), and more.
While Bati trays are used as decorative pieces for homes, they secretly hate gathering dust! The beauty of Duranzo is most on display when it's being used every day.
The smooth cedar foundation of the tray is sourced from the depths of the vastly untouched jungle town of Rosado, Tobati, Paraguay. Cedar is the most sought-after wood resource in the country, and with reason. It's strong, yet malleable. Its smell is untapped nature. If you close your eyes while inhaling, it takes you to the jungle.
Each side of the tray is symmetrical and smooth to the touch. Such is required when applying leather to an item; it's important that the surface is completely flat to ensure that there are no gaps or bubble after the leather's applied.
After Teo (Bati wood artisan) is done with the trays, he wraps and places them in a bag that he secures on his back before he jets off on his moto to his buddy's house. His buddy, Juan Carlos, is Bati's lead leather artisan. JC invites Teo to stay a while and drink terere. After, Juan Carlos and his team wrap the boxes with soft Bati leather and finish it off with a classic hand stitch.
The result? A one of a kind beauty that fills the room it's in with an intoxicating leather / cedar aroma.
We loved making excuses to go to Teo's place to watch him at his craft. Taylor taught Teo's daughter and a few of his nieces and nephews at theMacchi School. He often bragged about Teo's woodworking. 'Dude, one second it's a tree trunk and the next it's a tray!' Our favorite memories include drinking terere with Teo and his family, and one particularly large dinner with 15 of his closest family members in March '17 when we decided to do business together.
When we asked him where he got his wood from, he replied in spanish with a question: 'Do you have 15 minutes?' We nodded, and then he led us out of his house and down the road to a path that wound deeper into the jungle. Before we knew it, we were bear-hugging a bunch of cedars, knocking on the stump and listening on the other side to test its age and vitality.
So Teo's got a sweet backyard. He trusts the wood he finds there. He uses worn metal chisels and a wooden hammer to sculpt the cedar. Now that's what we call kickin itold school, amigo.