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Project by rosewood posted 07-03-2009 02:47 PM 1740 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went to Celebes a weeks a go, its one of the islands in my country Indonesia,
i met a gentelman who has job likes us, woodworking,
i slept 4 days at his house and talk many thing about life, he has no electricity at his house,
so when the evening come, its likes living inside the cave,especialy with plywood wall around,
he works without any power tools, and its make his hand biger than any normal hand likes me,
when we were talking, 2 other gentelman came with an offroad jeep and took the chair he made,
i just could not believe the money he got from selling the chair, its only enough for 3 days of my expenses,
i taught him how to make small thing with the same profit he will get, we made chopstick and its box with plastic inlay,
i ask him to collect some macassar ebony or make small thing and i will help him to sell his work for better price or sell the wood to the world just likes what i did with rosewood from the island i live in.



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#1 posted 07-03-2009 03:01 PM

it allways amazes me , that the people with less ,
are happyier ,
than the ones with more !
thank you for helping him .
his work is beautifull !
and made by hand it is special !
thank you for showing us this .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 07-03-2009 03:06 PM

Very impressive work and interesting story, thanks for sharing.

-- Dan Wiggins

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#3 posted 07-03-2009 03:36 PM

You did the right thing to help ‘em out, ie. taught ‘em how to fish.
The problem with remote & isolated woodworkers like them is infrastructure, small market and lack of marketing know-how. They make beautiful furniture but only able to sell them locally because of transportation factor.
I think you made the right suggestion for him (them) to make small things, so they can transport ‘em in bulk and market em outside.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 07-03-2009 04:07 PM

Rosewood, these are gorgeous pieces. I especially like the inlay. It is a beautiful piece. Thanks for the personal story behind these projects as well. Helping others is really what involvement with this group is about.

Thanks both for sharing this and for helping another woodworker.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 07-03-2009 08:53 PM

Interesting story it was kind of you to help him out. Most unique chairs and box with chop sticks.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#6 posted 07-03-2009 09:15 PM

Good to hear from you again. You might try to hook up with an exporter. There are companys here Cost Plus and Pier 1, that sell similar items. You and your friend make nice things. Thanks for sharing.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#7 posted 07-03-2009 09:17 PM

Beautiful work and story…thanks for sharing rosewood !

-- Don S.E. OK

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#8 posted 07-03-2009 09:36 PM

Great story and for your offer to help him. Some beautiful looking work.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#9 posted 07-03-2009 10:49 PM

Thanks guys,
I maybe going back there at the end of July and bring a car generator than run it by small water fall next to his house, i want to see his evening smille,



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#10 posted 07-04-2009 12:23 AM

Yes you are an honourable gentleman, and you corretly point out to us a very sad and every day occurance .there must be many millions of people who will work for basic existance, and we accept their stuff as a bargain and don’t stop to think of the misery many of them suffer ,as a result of greedy middlemen .These chairs are beautiful and would sell for good money in the west how sad this makes me want to weep sometimes.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#11 posted 07-04-2009 12:30 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship ! I really like the chopsticks and the case that holds them : ) Did you carve them , or do you have a self-propelled lathe of sorts to turn them with ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#12 posted 07-04-2009 01:13 AM

Thanks for sharing. I am humbled by the craftsmanship of someone with what most of us would consider few resources.

-- Cody Crisp

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