Sheesham wood - the puzzle box makers of Saharanpur
Working in the half-light of a darkened room away from the heat of the afternoon, the jigsaw rattles and knocks noisily as the master puzzle box maker deftly rotates a block of wood back and forth.
When he is done, the puzzle boxes move upstairs where a second craftsman waxes and polishes the boxes until they gleam.
Sheesham is a type of rosewood. It’s is a protected species but limited harvesting is allowed on recognised plantations to protect the livelihoods of the many artisans who rely on it. Detailed documents are produced to ensure CITES regulations are adhered to.
Shared Earth is working with all our Indian suppliers to move away from Sheesham wood and onto more sustainable timbers such as mango wood, while supporting the artisans during the transition period.