In 1990, Paul Goldbach met Paulo Cashinga, a Namibian from Kavango, and a skilled woodcarver, on a farm near Tsumeb, north-central Namibia. Goldbach had first encountered root carving in South America but when he witnessed Cashinga carve a springbok from a root, he was so impressed he asked Cashinga to join him in a business venture. One of Paulo’s sculptures won a prize in a national art competition, giving the duo the required confidence to invest in and expand Tikoloshe Afrika.
It takes a trained eye and a lively imagination to visualise in dry tree roots the entwined necks of giraffes, a nibbling porcupine, a grazing tortoise or a herd of elephants but that is exactly what Goldbach and Cashinga have managed to do. Unfortunately, the talented Paulo Cashinga passed away in 2012 but his signature pieces of root carved sculptures continue to grace tables and homes, locally and internationally.
Paul Goldbach has a new team of four woodcarvers namely Johannes Lirunga, Lino Kativa, Lipenda Kambinda and Ndingi Ndumba who share the late Paulo Cashinga’s skill and ability to visualise in and carve from gnarled, curved roots, quirky, almost animated Namibian wild animals which always enthral and fascinate visitors to the Namibia Craft Centre and at the Tikoloshe Afrika stall.
For truly unique, unforgettable and 100% natural sculptures, shaped by the deft hands of instinctive and intuitive Namibian woodcarvers using the natural curves and swerves of tree roots, a visit to the Tikoloshe Afrika stall is compulsory.