With only 6 sets, Jamri agreed to demonstrate each and every one of the fire pistons
This time around, I manage to convince Jamri to demonstrate all the fire pistons he made. In the past, each time I would collect about 10 sets or more from him and each time it would be an issue of running out of battery or memory space. With only 6 sets, I was quite confident I can wing it.
Its good to meet an old friend after nearly 4 years since we spoke face to face
I just returned from a visit to Lake Bera for some traditional wood fire piston sets made by Mr Jamri. Its been over 4 years since we met face to face and it is really good to be able to catch up with him. Besides getting the traditional hand made piston sets, I was able to catch up with him and his wife. They both have some interesting stories to share with me nevertheless.
The wooden sheath and handle are individually made to fit each blade. This is the latest lot, they are work in progress
I received a few question about the wooden parang sheaths. In almost all the parangs made, the blade’s shape and look is almost identical but because all the wooden parts are individually hand made, they (the sheath and handle) are not identical. There will be minor variances from one to another. To answer the questions, I took pictures from this new lot of parang and I want to write about some features of the sheaths that makes them unique to Sepuh Crafts.
I manage to find these 4 pieces of whittling blades. 2 each for right & left handed users
I received a few inquiries on the whittling knife used by Raman in his ‘Rattan simpai weave video’ posted previously. I decided to look through the workshop for some of the old stock of the whittling blades. These are made of vehicle leaf springs. The blades have chisel grind on them and hence some divided to left and right handed.
Here’s a short video of Raman making the rattan simpeh/ simpai weave on one of the sheaths of the recent lot of parangs. It takes a lot of patience and practice to get it right!
The parangs are ready for sale
Our new lot of parangs are now available for grabs. These candong style parangs have been installed with brass pins, set in slow setting epoxy also has its wood surfaces treated with linseed oil and adorned with the rattan Simpeh weaved by Raman.
Finally…our first lot of parangs after a long hiatu
Here is our (almost completed) new lot of parangs after about 2 years of hiatus. We apologize for the delay but the whole process of relocating back to Malaysia was a bit more work that we anticipated. These parangs will be ready in a few weeks.
Returning to Malaysia soon
We have been in New Zealand since Feb 2015 and will be returning to Malaysia in a few months time. Its a return trip which I have personally been very much looking forward to. While I wish could say that we have had a wonderful time here, life can often be an unforgiving place. Its been a challenging time to say the least. My family has been dealt with a terrible blow that only a parent could even start to imagine. Life will never be the same.
I am hoping that the following months or even years would bring a closure to our loss. There are things in life that are not meant to be and I have come to accept that. Believing in God and that He is in control has given me the strength to carry on.
Sepuh Crafts has always been a personal passion and interest to me, hence it will be the one project that I will revive as soon as I get settled down in Malaysia. Thank you all for all your inquiries and I will do my best to get it going again soon. There is a lot of work to be done on my side and I ask for your kind patience.
Do visit the site from time to time for updates. I have some new ideas I will be testing out and your feedback are most appreciated.
Keong for Sepuh Crafts
This will be Sepuh Crafts last lot of parangs for sale.
Its been a few years since I started sourcing and selling locally Malaysian made parangs on Sepuh Crafts. By far, the Ray Mear’s style parang is the best seller. Its been an awesome few years, with a lot of ups and downs between myself and the makers. It is with great regret and sadness to announce that Sepuh Crafts will have to be put on the shelf for two years. An opportunity has present itself for me and my family to move to another country for a period of two years (my wife got a grant to do her Masters).
This will be the last lot of parangs from Sepuh Crafts but fortunately not the end of the road for the local makers. We have worked together so far that we have both helped each other improve the quality of the parangs. The makers will continue producing parangs for local demands but I believe with much pride and quality in their work than before. The link below will take you to our Picasa photo albums which will show you what we have for sale. Albums marked ‘SPF- Sold Pending Funds’ and SOLD are obviously no longer available.
Sepuh Crafts album.
I am not able to find someone that I can trust enough to carry on for Sepuh Crafts. I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us and given us valuable feedback on our parangs, fire pistons and other crafts. Without you, there will be no Sepuh Crafts.
New lot of Sepuh Crafts parangs ready
We are really sorry for the delay in supply of parangs. We had some issues with one of the makers which has since been resolved. You can see pictures of the new lot of parangs by clicking on the links below or click HERE to view all available albums (including those that has been sold)
We want to thank you to all those who has supported our traditionally made Parangs. If you have an interested to purchase a parang or make any other inquiry, please feel free to contact us using our Contact Us page.