The Philippines is finally moveing again after the holy week, Easter break. The entire nation simply shuts down over this period as everyone goes home to the provinces and attends a myriad of church services and spectacles. I still have yet to go to Pampanga to see the guys who litterally get nailled to crosses. Maybe next year. My original plan had been to end this series with a visit to a couple of nearby furniture stores and get some pictures and prices but that had to be put off so I will share with you a website from a local company dealing in reclaimed Philippine architectural timbers and furnishings.Malatumbaga.com has an impressive range of timbers as you will see on the site and it,s exactly the kind of place I love dealing with as most of my woodworking career has been with recycled wood . The link will first take you to the timbers page where you can see the vast range of species available here and what they are used for. Originaly I planned to just copy/paste to this blog, but the list is simply to big, so you can check it out for yourself and then peruse the site at your leisure. It,s great having this resource 10mins away from my house.
For something different here a forest dweller from Philippine legend. I swear it,s all true!
The Kapre is a Philippine mythical creature like a tree demon, but with more human characteristics. It is described as being a tall, brown, hairy male with a beard, smoking a big tobacco pipe or cigar ( actually sounds like most expats I know!). It,s said they dwell in big trees like acacias, mangoes, bamboo and banyan. The Kapre wears a loincloth, and is believed to carry a white stone, a little smaller in size than a quail egg. Should any person obtain this stone, the kapre could grant wishes. Kapres are not necessarily evil. They may make contact with people to offer friendship, or if it is attracted to a woman. If a kapre falls in love with a human, then it will follow its “love interest” throughout life. Kapres are also said to play pranks on people, frequently making travelers become disoriented and lose their way in the mountains or in the woods. It is also believe to have the ability to confuse people even at their own familiar surroundings; for instance, someone who forgets that they are in their own garden or home are said to be have been tricked by a kapre. Reports of experiencing kapre enchantment include seeing rustling tree branches even if the wind is not strong, hearing loud laughter or voices coming from an unseen being, witnessing lots of smoke from the top of a tree or seeing big fiery eyes at night from a tree; as well as actually seeing a kapre walking by in forested areas. It is also believed that abundant fireflies in woody areas are the embers from the kapre’s lit tobacco.
-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand