…The Living Heritage…


…The Living Heritage…

…Eng Lee Blacksmith…

I’m sure everyone will know when talking about the UNESCO World Heritage sites, as they are among the most famous tourist hotspots… But, how many of you know about the living heritage not recognized by the UNESCO?

…The corridor…

I’m sure every one of us is familiar with Bukit Mertajam.  Just situated opposite B.M Plaza, there’s a row of shop houses, and 2 of them still maintain the traditional way of blacksmithing…

…铁拐仙师…God of Steel, according to Taoist…

We were lucky because we learned a very good and interesting lesson today, as being taught the traditional way to turn steel/iron into our daily utensils by Master Yau(游) from Eng Lee Blacksmith Shop.

…Master Yau…

They’ve been practicing this business since 3 generations ago. Talking about his ancestors, Master Yau told us that his ancestors came from Yong Ding(永定), Guang Dong Province(广东省), China.

…Master Yau showing his skills…

Though the time had changed, from making the lining of the cart’s wheels until the making of daily utensils nowadays, like knife for cutting different kinds of fish and meat, sword, hook etc, they still remain the traditional way of blacksmithing.

…The utensils…

All the time Master Yau explained the traditional way to make a knife of good quality. For example, to mix iron and steel, the most important thing is the “Kung Fu” to mix the red soil in the fire in order to make a good knife.  Red soil’s got this sticky materials that can glue and sharpen the knife while burning in the stove.

In the picture, Master Yau told us that sometimes they used bomb shell to make knife…(This is what they got from Middle East traders…)

The stove

Well, time has changed and now all blacksmithing has been modernized. Asking about whether his next generation will continue the family tradition which was started a decade ago. He answered: No! The youngsters prefer easy work than this. So, after this, there won’t be any traditional blacksmithing in the future…

The machine cutting the steels…

And these are what I managed to share with all of you…

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