Category: Craftsman


Reviving a Lost Art

Traditional Fishing Boat

Sidewalk Art

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Philipp Wellstein's Grandmother

Boat Building Essential Equipment

SOON THESE WILL BE WOVEN INTO SOME FINE COLORFUL PRODUCT AT THE MCC R&D DIVISION.

DYED BUT NOT YET DRIED!

CLAY GOING THROUGH THE PROCESS NECESSARY TO MAKE IT PLIABLE FOR THE WHEEL.

I TOOK TWO FAMILIES TO SEE A POTTERY VILLAGE, SPENDING TIME AT MRINMOI POTTERY, FOLLOWED BY A VISIT TO DHAMRAI METAL CASTING.  You can see more info on this blog:  http://msspfollen.blogspot.com/2010/02/dhamrai-metalcasting.html.   There are also some Utube videos:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzuuqDQhs_s,  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rCL_vATpbbs, and http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zRbx_fFpVuM.  Sukanta Banik, owner of Dhamrai Metal Casting is a friend of my son, Austin.

METAL CASTING IN THE MAKING!

Day 301

WE ATTENDED A CRAFT BAZAAR ORGANIZED BY PROKRITI AND MCC.   They had me wear a “funny” robe and scarf on my head.  Then I played this hand drum like thing.  Of course I got everyone’s attention.  I think they have it on hand to have some fun at the Bazaar Someone commented that they now saw Austin’s Dad (me) acts just like Austin.  I wonder who learned it from who! 🙂  I wondered later if I didn’t even have the robe on backwards!   This was the first of hopefully many more monthly bazaars.  Many organizations brought items from many Bangladesh artisans for sale.  There also was North End Roasters coffee available.  Afterward we went to the A & W restaurant.  A & W root beer is one of Alice’s favorite soft drink.  Myron got some Movenpick ice cream which he thoroughly enjoyed.  We ate the evening meal at Midnight Sun, a Chinese restaurant.  For dessert we ordered ice cream.  At least today Myron had ice cream two times, instead of his normal three times a day when he is on vacation!  Oh, Michelle this post and photo is especially for you! 🙂

Here I am at the Fair Trade Craft Bazaar

Vertical View

                                                Myron, Eileen, Karleen (From Middlefield, Ohio) and Alice enjoying A & W drinks.

Day 239

BENGALI LADY OPERATING A LOOM in Mymensingh, Bangladesh.

Day 144

CARPENTER DRILLS HOLES the old-fashioned way.  When there is a power outage, he can still keep working. He is building shutters for the village home near Munshiganj.