In my previous post I wrote about a traditional weapons maker. Well, I finally dropped by and met him in person. Nice man. He and his crew produces fine finishing on their products. Every raw material needed especially wood, are acquired locally.
Amidst a quite hillside in Ulu Klang, Selangor, the place is serene and cool. Just a mere 5 minutes ride from where I live. This place is among the very few last places where the art of making traditional weapons such as keris, machetes, swords and spears are at the brink of extinction. I have been told that, there’s only five places in Selangor where this art still exist.
Set among the cool shades of Ulu Klang, the workshop feels homey and humble. A small countryside operation. But judge not the size, this small countryside operation produces fine custom made weapons. And they also make replica weapons for movie props. Malaysia’s most expensive TV Show Arjuna showcased an array of traditional prop weapons made by this humble man. From a distance, one can never tell the difference between the real weapon and the prop.
As it was a last minute thing, I didn’t get to spend much time there, and the camera battery wasn’t fully charged either. Anyway, I managed to snap a few pictures here and there. Maybe I’ll go again and next time fully prepared. In the meantime, checkout the pics below.
Assortment of traditional weapons ~ Keris, Machetes..
A friend holding a custom sword
The Master Blacksmith doing his thing
From wood and metal..
Simple furnace that doubles up as a grill
Before and after and still a long way to go..
Lots of pounding and sweat before it looks like below
Assortment of swords
Goat Horn Handle
Deer Horn Handles
Assortment of handles
Royal guard spear blade
Foot soldiers spear blade
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