Three years ago I fell in love with these vintage bowls by Baribocraft, and we’ve been going steady ever since!
If Baribocraft is new to you, they were a Canadian company out of Montreal during the late 1950s-70s that specialized in the production of maple and teak woodenware. I wrote an article about Baribocraft here, and at the time only had these bowls to feature, along with sourced images to share. Today nearly all of the pieces featured in the article are my very own, swapped out along the way as I was lucky enough to find them.
But my love affair with Baribo is not the love story I have for you on Valentines Day! The one I’m sharing is so sweet and, in my opionion, is love on many levels…
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!
Isn’t this amazing? I love this story and am so grateful to Janice for sharing this beautiful moment with us, a moment that has lingered and spanned the decades.
This is the Baribocraft salt and pepper set like Janice has, and is one of the more rare finds in my treasure hunts. Aren’t they stunning?
I found them 2 years ago, cleaned them up with TLC and conditioned them with butcher block oil. This set was claimed by my daughter Kaleigh for her own future home! It makes me happy that a young person of today sees the same special ‘something’ in vintage Baribo that Janice’s mother saw back in the day of what was new Baribo. Isn’t that what the love of vintage is all about!
I’ve been blogging for almost four years now, and my Baribo article has generated a lot of interest and stories along the way. To really get a sense of Baribocraft’s impact on people’s lives, take a read through the comment thread spanning the last few years here. It really gives you a sense of how Baribo was more than woodenware. It has truly played a role in the heart of home.
Baribocraft is a part of Canadian history, a legacy of their own, and Baribo pieces are treasures to hold dear!
Who knew back then I would still be going steady with Baribo now, and be featuring Baribocraft pieces in an online boutique called Audrey Would!
Happy Valentines Day!