Baribocraft Canada: Vintage Woodenware

One of the things I like so much for a table setting is the introduction of something made out of wood. Wood warms the look, and there’s nothing better than working with a natural element to make your table feel welcoming.

So imagine how excited I was when I stumbled upon a very cool vintage set of 8 teak Baribocraft salad bowls. I’m only showing you four here because they were teetering like the leaning tower of Pisa!

I love the shape of them… not your traditional round shape.

Who would’ve known such a treasure was waiting to be discovered when I was really only browsing? I was waiting for my ferry and just passing time! If you’re ever in Horseshoe Bay between ferries you should pop into the heart of the village, as it’s full of all kinds of unique and fun things.

In case you’re wondering, Baribocraft was a Canadian company in Quebec through the 60′s & 70′s famous for their gorgeous grained maple and teak woodenware. They were known world-wide for their quality of craftsmanship and innovative styles.

This is their signature logo…

…and you’ll find it on the bottom of each piece, like this.

Notice the grain in the wood? Isn’t the colour and sheen pretty?

Salad bowls were definitely popular Baribocraft pieces, and I have to say that in all my research I never came across another set of salad bowls shaped like mine! That makes me feel pretty lucky to have them.

Baribocraft also had another division called BARIBO-MAID, which was dedicated to the production of commercial woodenware for the food service industry.

In fact well-known British chef and TV personality, Jamie Oliver collects Baribocraft bowls. If you go to the forum on his blog (bcrain is his forum name), Jamie says, ‘The only thing I look around for is Baribocraft woodenware from Montreal. I have a small collection but I love big wooden bowls, actually, I love bowls for some reason and have so many I don’t even use them, lol!’

Here is an example of a Baribo-Maid large salad serving bowl:

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I actually saw one like this the last time I stopped in Horseshoe Bay, and was tempted to become its proud owner, but we have a beautiful handmade serving bowl, so I disciplined myself. Crazy? I know! I can see why Jamie Oliver collects them! I think it’s safe to say that if Jamie is a fan of Baribocraft, that says a lot about what you can expect of the Baribo-Maid commercial line too!

This is another large salad serving bowl style, and one of my favorites:

Baribocraft Salad Bowl - Kaleigh's

 

I really like the simple drum shape of this bowl… apparently my daughter does too, as this one now belongs to her! ;-)

Salt and pepper mill sets were another popular Baribocraft/Baribo-Maid item. In fact I grew up with a set like these, and remember them well…

Baribocraft Salt & Pepper Set - Kaleigh's

This pair also belongs to my daughter. Do you see a pattern beginning to emerge?

Something to note, the grinding hardware in the pepper mills was known for its lasting quality, and was among the commercial favorites. This makes a Baribo pepper mill a definite keeper!

Here is a close-up of the grinding hardware.

If you look closely you’ll see Baribo-Maid engraved in the underneath component of the hardware.

This very unique piece is an arc fruit bowl, also referred to as a curved serving dish.

Baribocraft Arc Bowl - Ours

I love this piece for its shape and simplicity, its beautiful classic lines so typical of the Eames era. I spotted this one a few years ago and it instantly became ours. It sits proudly on our counter, usually with bananas but often a mix of fruits.

True to form, Baribocraft designed a piece that really spoke to the fun side of innovation and craftsmanship…

The apple ice bucket.

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Never known to overlook function, here you can see that the apple has been designed with a removable plastic liner.

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This makes for easy clean-up without jeopardizing the integrity of the wood.

These last photos show pieces that are really a set, and I thought them apropos of not only Baribocraft’s time, but also their French-Canadian roots.

Kitchen canisters labeled in both French and English…

Baribocraft Canisters - Kaleigh's

| Café * Coffee | Thé * Tea | Farine * Flour | Sucre * Sugar |

Isn’t it interesting that the words in each language begin with the same letter?

And a matching bread box.

Baribocraft Bread Box - Kaleigh's

| Pain * Bread |

Guess what? Why yes, these now belong to my daughter, too!

Sadly Baribocraft ceased production in the 70′s and they are no longer in business, but their pieces withstand the test of time!

With proper care the woodenware looks just as stunning today as it did when it was created, and the quality in craftsmanship allows for continued use for as long as you have a use!

TIP:  To care for your Baribocraft, or any other woodenware for that matter, never soak it in water.  Water will dry out the wood. A small amount of coarse salt scrubbed gently on the surface will clean and sanitize your piece, and if you condition the wood occasionally with butcher block oil it keeps the wood looking fresh and moisturized! If you prefer to wax your woodenware, I recommend Clapham’s Beeswax Salad Bowl Finish, an edible mineral oil and beeswax product. Once the wax is dried and buffed, it also leaves your piece protected and sets off the patina of the wood. *You may have heard to use a skim of cooking oil instead, but I find it builds up over time, and leaves the piece feeling sticky to the touch. You decide!

To purchase a classic Baribocraft piece of your own be sure to visit Audrey Would! We carry a number of Baribo pieces and are always on the lookout for more!

One last bit of trivia… did you know that Baribocraft made pant hangers?

Baribocraft Hangers - Ours

AND hockey sticks! I wish I had a Baribocraft hockey stick to show you… in fact I wish I knew where there was one to see for myself.

Do you have any woodenware that you treasure? How about a vintage Baribocraft?

For more information on Baribocraft and Baribo-Maid, please visit the corporate website or contact them at info@baribocraft.com. You’ll be pleased to note, the website is available in both French and English!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller unless linked to a source where indicated.

Comments

  1. Wow, Baribocraft’s wooden products are lovely!
    We have a beautiful wood turners in SA named John and Andrew Early. If you like Baribo’s products you will just love these. Have a look. http://www.andrewearly.co.za/

    • Hi Jodi,
      Thank you for commenting and for sharing this link! I have taken a look at John and Andrew Early’s wooden works – WOW. Just stunning… I love all of their bowls, every one of them! You’re right, their work is just beautiful… I especially like their bracelets because I would be able to enjoy them anywhere… but I also fell instantly for their Jacaranda bench. Gorgeous. Thank you again, Sheila

  2. My wife and I are fond owners of Baribocraft’s products and we love them. Anytime we see a piece in garage sales or flea markets we buy them. I wasn’t aware of the Barimo-Maid brand though. We actually have 4 of the salad bowls that you pictured. My parents had for years a variant of the arc fruit bowl showed in your note, they received it as a wedding gift in 1958 and my mom passed it to me weeks ago when she moved to a new house. The small difference are in the “legs” of the bowl which are, in the one we own, small “balls”. I’ll try to remember and send you a picture of it and also one of a serving plate we just bought during our vacations in New-Brunswick. As a side note the company is more than 80 years old and was bought by “Le Groupe Vachon” from Québec City (I don’t know when) and they are planning to launch a new line of Baribocraft’s product. you can see a reference at this url: http://mandicrafts.vpweb.ca/ALERTS—NEWS-ARCHIVE.html and on the Groupe Vachon’s official website (in french) http://vachongroupeaffaires.com/fr/gourmet-design.

    Take care!

    • Hi Nelson!
      Thank you so much for this very thoughtful comment and the additional information you shared. I had contemplated including the “Le Groupe Vachon” piece, but couldn’t find anything current that updated where they’re at with the relaunch at this time. My fingers are crossed that they proceed as planned! I love that you have the arc fruit bowl from your parents – what great history you get to enjoy and share behind that piece, and it’s a fantastic piece too! Would be super if you wanted to send me some photos. If you’re okay with it, I would do a follow up post to my original one and share your photos and any comments/details you include. Baribocraft is so well crafted with some really great pieces, that it deserves greater recognition in the design world!
      Thanks again for your comment…
      Sheila

  3. Alan Katowitz says:

    Hello Shelia,

    I have recently become aware of BariboCraft wooden bowls, salad bowls, nut cracker bowl, and a beautiful solid teak or maple pepper grinder. I am impressed with the design, quality of wood and grain of the BariboCraft products. I am involved in antiques and collectables, both buying, selling, and some collecting. I would be pleased to send you some photos and description of the BariboCraft items I have come across in ValueVillage, Salvation Army, and hospice thrift stores.

    I am also interested in 1950′s-80′s Danish Modern Furniture. I refinish teak wood dining tables, chairs, coffee table,and other items. Chrome and leather chairs and tables are other interests.

    I am a commercial photographer based in Vancouver, BC, and Margate, Fla. My grandmother established one of the first antique business’s on Euclid avenue in Cleveland, Ohio in 1947.

    I specialize in architectural interior and exterior photography, and aerial photography from helicoptors.

    Looking forward to communicating with you.

    best regards,

    Alan Katowitz
    604-961-3016
    alankatowitz@gmail.com

    • Hi Alan,
      Thank you for connecting! I am always happy to learn more about vintage and antique pieces, especially Baribocraft and anything Mid-Century Modern. Do you have a website?
      I look forward to hearing from you.
      Sheila

    • Hi, I have a huge Baribocraft round salad bowl and I plan to sell it. Do you know what they are valued at? It must be at least 15″ across and 10″ high…like the ceasar salad bowls that were used in resturants in the 60′s…
      Thanks for your help.

      • Hi Lindy,
        Thank you for visiting my blog! Without actually seeing your salad bowl it’s hard to suggest its value, but here are a few tips:
        1. Maple bowls tend to be priced lower than teak
        2. An average sized Maple bowl sells between $10 – $35 CAN depending on the style of the bowl (shape, two-tone wood or plain), and the condition it’s in
        3. A teak bowl in the same size range sells anywhere from $25 – $50 CAN, again depending on the style and its condition
        4. There are always exceptions depending on the details, but I think you’ll find this a good starting point.

        I hope this is helpful to you. I’d love to see a picture of your bowl!

        Sheila

  4. so happy to find this info. I had a feeling when I picked up 6 salad bowls at a rummage sale this morning (for $1) that I was getting an incredible deal. They are in great shape (though not the cool shape you found!) So happy to find out more about them after googling the stamped letters (which i wasn’t seeing correctly and was happy you had a photo of the stamp so I knew I was right). I love them even more now. And happy to find what I really wanted to know – how to care for them! Thanks!

    • Hi Janet,
      Thank you for your comment! I am really happy to hear you found the information you were looking for in this article. You definitely did get an incredible deal, and I’m so happy that you did! I hope you enjoy your new bowls for a long, long time. We enjoy ours every single time we use them. I condition them every once in a while with butcher block oil and it really does make them shine. Isn’t the colour amazing?
      Congratulations on a great find!
      Sheila

  5. Hi, how could we tell the teak versus the maple version of Baribo bowls?

  6. Hi! I found an apple ice tray and I’m restoring it. I love it. I’ve also got a finnish wooden bowl by Backman. Do you know anything about these?

  7. We have had one of your all in one salt and pepper mills, very similar to the individual shakers illustrated above, for many years. However the 10 inch long grinder inside needs replacing.

    Do you have a replacement either the grinder or the single unit? If so, what is the cost?

    • Hi Gus,
      Thank you so much for visiting my site, and for your comment. Unfortunately I don’t deal in Baribocraft myself, so do not have access to any parts such as the grinding mechanism. I want to suggest sourcing 2nd-hand stores or Thrift Shops for a Baribocraft pepper mill that perhaps has seen better days, and extracting the grinder from it, but that could also take some time. I have seen the pepper mills in my stops in the last year, so they are out there… Thank you again for checking with me. I wish I could send you the grinder right now, because I know the grinders Baribocraft use are very good quality… I really hope you are able to find a replacement. Good luck! Sheila

  8. Years ago I bought a Baribocraft cheese board, about 12in x 24, with granite (?)inserts on each end, about 5×9 in., I bought originally to give as a gift, but with moving a couple of times, etc., this item got “lost” in amongst some storage stuff. I recently pulled it out, took the plastic off and plan on using it. I suppose the cheese cutting takes place on the granite pieces? The wood is on the darker, reddish side.

    • Hi Irene,
      Thank you so much for stopping by, and for leaving your comment. I think the wood of your cheese board is probably teak. Baribocraft used maple and teak, and the teak definitely takes on the darker reddish colour of the two. And it’s hard to say if the stone inserts are for cutting the cheese on or not. It depends on where they are placed on the board. Sometimes the cheese will sit on this, and the cheese slicer will cut down into the wooden area. What a nice piece for you to have! I hope you have many years of enjoyment to come with it.
      Sheila

  9. Dear Sheila.
    Thank you so much for your interest in quality products Baribocraft and Baribo-Maid. We are pleased to inform your readers that our corporate web site is available in french and english. Please feel free to visit http://www.baribocraft.com and to contact us at info@baribocraft.com
    Daniel Vachon
    CEO

    • Dear Mr. Vachon,
      Thank you so much for your comment!
      I appreciate hearing from you, and am very excited to share your website and contact link with my readers. As you can see from the comments, there has been a lot of interest in Baribocraft.
      Please don’t hesitate to let me know how I can further assist!
      Thank you again for stopping by, and for leaving a comment.
      Sheila

  10. Sara Hanna says:

    I found this site while looking up the name stamped on the end of the wooden rolling pin I purchased at a yard sale a number of years ago. The Baribo Maid Products stamp/engraving is quite worn down which suggests to me that the previous owner did alot of baking. We also find it to be an excellent rolling pin that doesn’t stick to the dough. I was surprised to find out that it was a Canadian-made product!

    • Hi Sara,
      What a great find! I’m not surprised at the quality of the rolling pin as Baribo-Maid was the commercial line of Baribocraft, so that would explain the signs of being well used. But to find a rolling pin that the dough doesn’t stick to is a treasure in itself! So happy you found this post helpful. Thank you very much for your comment – it’s always so nice to read stories like this. I hope you enjoy your rolling pin for many years to come :-)

  11. Hi could you tell me when Gail Mikla worked for Baribocraft doing art work,was it the 1960′s or 70′s ,thankyou

    • Hi Don,
      Thank you for stopping by my blog! Unfortunately I don’t have any information regarding your question. I would recommend redirecting your question to: info@baribocraft.com Hopefully direct contact with the Vachon Business Group’s Baribocraft & Baribo-Maid division will be able to provide you with that information. Good luck, and thanks again for visiting my blog!
      Sheila

  12. Leeve Williams says:

    I too grew up with a Bariboo fruit bowl…perhaps it is a salad bowl??? Either way I have now shipped it to the UK as both my parents sadly passed away last year. I also have ceramic fluted bowl in green with brown trimmings. It is also made in Canada and reminds me of my parents and childhood. Thanks for the site!

    • Hi Leeve,
      Thank you so much for stopping by, and for leaving a comment. I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your parents. It’s never easy, and I’m so grateful that you have treasures such as your Baribocraft fruit bowl and fluted bowl that hold memories so dear. I have such an affection for Baribocraft in particular, and the salt & pepper set are the pieces that remind me of my childhood as that’s what we had for years… I’m glad you enjoyed the article!

  13. I was just reading your post on the Banibo Craft/Maid products and i was doing a little research myself, but didn’t ger very far. There isn’t really any information on these vintage products. So my question to you is this, I have a Banido-Maid Rolling Pin it’s been in my family since I can remember and trust me that seems like a long time, anyways i was wondering when and if Banido made more Rolling Pins and in what years? I have only seen bowls, utensil’s, canisters, and such.

  14. catherine triggs says:

    This is hilarious, I bought one at a garage sale for 2 bucks ten years ago. I will have to make sure I take care of it now.

  15. I just bought a pair of Salt and Pepper shakers,for 2.00 at the Salvation Army.They are shorter and more broad then the pair pictured here,and have the name Baritocraft at the bottom of the pepper grinder.I never heard of the brand,but am researching all about the company,who made them now.They are lovely..

  16. Gerry Umbach says:

    I have a maple bowl, 15 in. dia. 6 in. deep. Would this be a butter, or a salad bowl?

    • Hi Gerry,
      My apologies for the lengthy delay in replying – I wanted to do a bit of research before-hand. The size of your bowl is definitely butter bowl size, but butter bowls weren’t a typical Baribo bowl. My guess is it’s a large salad bowl based on vintage, but for more information you might want to send an email to Corporate Baribo info@baribocraft.com
      Thanks so much for taking the time to stop by!

  17. Janice Young says:

    Hi Sheila,
    I have a the tall pepper grinder and salt shaker you show on your webpage. My parents
    had been on vacation at some point in the late 50′s or early 60′s and my mother fell in
    love with a pepper grinder (a previously unknown item to her) in a restaurant. My father
    went back the next day to find out where they came from and he bought them as a gift for her.
    I am 65 years old and my parents have long since passed, but, I use that pepper mill every day,
    and it is still grinding well!!! That is a testament to the quality of Baribocraft!
    Regards,
    Janice

    • Hi Janice,
      Thank you so much for taking the time to connect, and for sharing this story. I really appreciate it, I LOVE the story, and love that you are still using the pepper mill! This is exactly why I am a Baribo fan. I ‘had’ a beautiful salt shaker/pepper mill set, but my daughter fell in love with them so they are now hers… she just turned 19, so it makes me happy for her to begin her adult life with something Baribocraft!
      Thanks again for sharing!
      Sheila

  18. Hi there, I have the Baribocraft Canada Cheese Wood Cutting Board with 2 late inserts, and the 2 original knives. Size is 20 inches x 11 inches x 1 inch high.
    As much as I would love to hang onto this, my space is limited and so am thinking of putting it up for sale.
    Someone told me it was worth $100.00+ , so if you could give me some info on the pricing I would greatly appreciate it.
    Thanks, Kindly
    JoAnn

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