When visiting the making of clog souvenir, it is our bonus to find out an experienced wooden plague craft man, uncle Leong 梁富唐 (hope I remembered his chinese name correctly :) ) If you did follow Guang Ming newspaper (or maybe Kwong Wah newspaper) , these newspaper did interview uncle Leong. Probably you watched uncle Leong on Astro too.
His company name plague at Hok San Association entrance.
He alone run the business, and also he is the chairman of Lu Ban Hang 鲁班行 at Love Lane. I must find one day to visit that building :) He contributed a lot in recovering the building. He did teach the skills to others. Some of his student quit half way. I hope someone will be able to inherit his skills. Once it is lost, it is lost :)
Uncle Leong at work and his workplace. He was busy with a project to recover door/window for a row of old building in Georgetown.
An interesting wood Tang Lung :)
Uncle Leong is famous in wood carving in Penang, because of his product quality and reasonable pricing. He told us the wood he use is thicker, compared to others. This is one of the reason it last longer. He also shared it is not easy to find supplier to provide such thickness of wood.
After chat for a while, uncle Leong shown us his tool. There is one Chinese idiom 工欲善其事， 必先利其器 means if we wish to do some work well, we must have the right tool.
He has to put on the handle by himself. It doesn't come with purchase.
He made a box for exhibition purposes. Oh yes, sometimes he will be invited by Penang government or other body to display wood carving craft in exhibition, for example 庙会.
We asked him where go bought those. He told us he usually need to go to Singapore to find, although it is imported from western country. He tried other country e.g. China but he still found the one he bought from Singapore is quite good quality. Oh he need to get a new set of tools after every few years. Guess what, a set of tools, cost around RM 1K.
Clog is not new for Chinese. Oh I could be wrong. Nowadays, clog could be new to younger generation and those who grew up in city. Until my secondary school, my family wear clog in kitchen. Why is the clog with word on it? Hold on, those in picture above are mini-clog which usually use for souvenir and deco, not for wear :)
Thanks to SP for arranging the session to know more on the making of clog souvenir from Ai Tee aunty. When I am writing this blog, I just realize I do not know Ai Tee aunty's name, I just called her aunty as there is only she and her husband there :p Ai Tee aunty husband (uncle Leong)'s profession is to make wooden plaque. I will write more about the wooden plaque in next post :D
Aunty Ai Tee always help uncle Leong in his work. One day, uncle Leong encourage aunty Ai Tee to create something on her own, the clog souvenir. On her free time, she will made some of it, keep it, then sell it at the temporary store during Penang 庙会 event during Chinese New Year :)
Whoa, enough words, let's have a quick tour on the clog and making.
These are aunty Ai Tee's clog stock :D
The clog with wedding picture is getting more and more popular. To aunty Ai Tee, some chinese like to buy clog when they get married. For the reason behind, probably old people will know better. According to aunty Ai Tee, the clog has some symbolic meaning to help you in your daily life, to avoid from 小人。一双小木屐，一生好运气.
1. Get a piece of wood. 2 & 3. Cut into clog shape. 4. Cut the flat clog into real shape. See self explanatory photos below :)
Aunty Ai Tee made a lot of clog base when she has free time. She can saw 200-300 clog base in a day.
During the 庙会 event, aunty Ai Tee usually spare a lot of empty clog, for customer to customize the word they wish to put on. Very colorful right?
We bought some empty clog, then uncle Leong helped us to craft the word on it.
Lastly, if you have not see people wear clog, here is aunty Ai Tee's feet wearing clog :)
Where to go for clog souvenir? Persatuan Hok San Utara Malaya. Address: 30-C, Jalan Siam, 10400 Georgetown, Penang, Malaysia. Aunty Ai Tee contact number: 012-4838853. Visit them online: http://miniwoodenshoes.blogspot.com/, facobook.
If you have not known, it is pretty hard to get parking here. Sometimes you may need to park at next street and walked here.