MyWeku Restaurant: The wooden shutters
The coffee shop part of our kitchen has now been tiled in white brick tiles designed to compliment our colourful North African splash back.
As much as we really want an open kitchen we also understand that for security and climatic reasons we had to have the option of closing the kitchen completely.
Our choice of material to seal the front kitchen up was inspired by the architecture of Colonial Ghana. From Cape Coast to places like Jamestown in Accra, wooden shutters were the preferred choice for windows and some entry doors. Unfortunately wood has become more scarce and consequently more expensive. Most buildings in Accra now make do with other materials such as glass as windows. Never mind finding good wood in Accra, the carpentry skill needed to design wooden shutters out of the wood is scarce to say the least.
Scarcity notwithstanding, we did manage through our clay oven builder to find a master carpenter who could build wooden shutters. He came, as you’d expect with a hefty price tag.
After months of wrangling over buying the right type of wood from as far as Takoradi, the work on the shutters began a couple of months ago. This week marked the end of constructing and affixing the shutters.