Welcome to Makoulpa
Paul Gibbs and Anthony Prischl, each with 26 years experience as manufacturing jewellers, produced the unique African Puzzle in Sterling Silver in 1994. The puzzle proved to be very popular and they saw a need to produce a high quality gift range in metals other than gold. They started Makoulpa in 1996 producing a Pewter range of wildlife related products, together with the Puzzle in Gold, Sterling Silver and Pewter.
“We find it extremely satisfying to accurately depict the forms of Africa’s greatest resource - its wildlife - in each of our products,” says Paul. “We are inspired by the challenge of creating functional products with the animal theme as our common thread.” Tony adds, “Our challenge is to develop and complete a unique range of items that add value to people’s lives, in the sense that they are aesthetically pleasing and can be put to use on a daily basis. We want people to live with the beauty of African wildlife.”
Premium Quality Glass
Handmade Original Designs
To create the finest products for our customers, we use the highest quality materials that are sourced from both South Africa and around the world. Our main material, pewter is mainly made up of tin (which is mined in Namibia, Africa) and contains a small amount of copper and anthimony, which is then polished and hand-finished by us directly from our workshop in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Most of our hand-finished pieces are attached to either glass, wood or stainless steel, which we source from various suppliers. Most of our glass is imported from overseas by our local suppliers, who source it from Brazil, Turkey, Netherlands and France. There are a few glass products which are made locally, such as our Hi Ball glasses, and a few glass products that are made from hand-blown recycled glass, supplied by Glass Forming in Pretoria, South Africa.
Our beautiful wooden products are made from various kinds of wood, such as Jacaranda, Meranti and Imbuia. Jacaranda and Meranti wood are both stunning woods that are locally sourced, and our Imbuia wood is imported from South America.
For our cutlery pieces, we mostly use 18/10 stainless steel, which is all locally sourced, and for our unique Elephant cutlery, we use 51/10 stainless steel, which is imported from the United Kingdom.
We also include some magnificent Swarovski crystals in some of our products, which imported from Austria, by our local supplier.
The African Puzzle