Category Archives: Orang Asal

Fire piston maker- updates on Jamri

A few days ago, I paid a visit to Mr Jamri, our fire piston maker at Lake Bera. It was a weekday, hence an early start is necessary to avoid the office hour traffic chaos in the city. It was … Continue reading

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Updates from Stem of Lake Bera

I did visit my good friend Stem at Lake Bera during the same time I visited Jamri for the wooden fire pistons. His family is doing well with children who seems to have shot up in size in just a … Continue reading

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Lake Bera for some traditional wood fire pistons

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 … Continue reading

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Raman’s rattan simpai weave video

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!

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The unique flexible axe wooden handle in action

    Some months back, when I visited Stem, he showed me the flexible axe handle that he uses to bring down trees. I posted the video on Youtube and posted a post on Sepuh Crafts as well. A few … Continue reading

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Stem’s dedication to working with Sepuh Crafts

Some weeks back, I called Stem to ask him how he is. He told me he just recovered from flu and he did not waste time to add that he has not been working on any of the parangs. He … Continue reading

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Raman, an indigenous Semai with great talents

I was introduced to Mr Raman Bah Tuin through Reita, a lady friend who works with an NGO that works closely with indigenous groups of Malaysia. As usual, I was out asking around for parang makers or at the very … Continue reading

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A short video on parang handle and sheath

Here is a video I compiled recently on how Stem made parang handle and sheaths. Most of the carving work is done by hand. I only wish I had more time to spend with him and video the entire process. … Continue reading

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Hand-made parang handle & sheath

I knew Stem from Lake Bera would have the skill and knowledge to make parang handle and sheaths. A Semelai that makes his own dug out canoe, built his own house, carve his own spinning top using only a parang, … Continue reading

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New project with Orang Asal (indigenous people) community

I am pumped! I am very excited, happy and filled with hope that a ‘traditional craft’ project with an Orang Asal (indigenous people) village in Pahang is slowly taking shape. This is one of the projects I have been longing … Continue reading

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