A trivet is such a useful thing. It stops your teapot from scalding the table top and scarring the wood. You can put hot serving dishes on it, or a condensation-covered bottle of wine. It actually makes a lovely table decoration. Our hand carved mango wood trivet with a tree of life design is perfect for wood-lovers and those of us who appreciate the ancient symbolism of that magical tree. Isn't mango wood attractive considering it grows in salt water and mud?