Tough but Not Impossible: Graniel's Dreamland
But exotic hard woods of all colors are one of Belize's most beautiful (and rare) resources. Graniel's Dreamland on Middle Street (aka Pescador Drive) takes full advantage of them. Turning the woods into so many beautiful things for your home and for gifts. NONE of these woods are dyed...the hues below are the woods' natural colors. (Friends and family...now you know where I got all of those cutting boards!)
They have also recently introduced these flip flops in a few different patterns to hang on your wall. Love them too. They cost about $50bzd (or $25 USD).
I asked the sales woman what the two most expensive and rare types of wood are...she had two. The first is zericote/ziricote, a dark wood with uneven waves. Pretty, right? Apparently this tree produces an edible fruit but I need to do a bit of research on that.
And the other is the rosewood burl...huge knots in the rosewood tree that are very rare and can weigh up to 50lbs. Instead of a straight or wavy grain, it is a mass of pink to red circles and squiggles and makes for some really pretty but pricey bowls. My point? There are over 20 different types, rarities, price levels and colors of wood to choose from at Graniels.
Luckily, I find my eyes always wander to the beautiful (and less expensive) pink colored sea grape. The bowl in the center.
That leads me on another tangent...see these beautiful but misshapen bowls above? They come in every sort of wood. Some are perfect but I love the ones with the natural sides or even holes in the side. Great as gifts. Use them as a fruit bowl...or put those electric candles in them on your deck or your back patio? They are GORGEOUS. And, I think reasonable priced...for $50bzd to $150bzd, depending on the wood and size, you get a super unique souvenir.
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