Monday, July 4, 2011

Woodcarving with Orang Asli @ Pulau Carey 11thJune2011

We were at Carey Island for a woodcarving workshop with Encik Kemi, an Orang Asli of the Mah Meri tribe.
The workshop was held in a wheelchair accessible site.
Couldn't help but admire the very nice woodwork
Check out the carving on the post. The younger kids who didn't participate in the workshop spent most of their time there running up wooden stairs, down ramps and petting cats.
Stack of wood, mallet, carving tools and sandpaper were prepared for us.
Encik Kemi showing how it is done.
It was a unique opportunity for parents to bond with their kids over carving tools. It was heartwarming to see parent and child learning a new skill together, bent in concentration as they tried their hand at woodcarving.
One of my favourites....Ultraman!
When all the other kids lost interest and fled the workbench, only this 7 year old stayed on to finish her plaque.

Parents and teenagers at work. At the far end is the tenacious 7 year old getting a helping hand from her mom.
At the end of the day, with a short break for lunch, these are some of the masterpieces.
Machika's self-carved momento. She had taken up woodcarving in school.
It seems that the extracurricular activities in her school in Tokyo range from shiatsu and ballet to baking.
Ean using a mallet and chisel.
To arrange for a woodcarving workshop, call En Samri 013-228 6045. Charges are RM15/pax inclusive of materials.


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