Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

Machete Making on Siargao: The Completed Project

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Our machete making project with Pacquiao, the village blacksmith in San Isidro here on Siargao Island, was completed and delivered yesterday. We think he did a great job and are pleased with his work. Let’s take a look!

The story began earlier this week with  meeting the blacksmith and ordering our machete and watching him forge the blade.

A few days ago we visited Pacquiao’s forge again to arrange for the handle and scabbard and found him splitting the carabao horn with a saw:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

 

Next job was to size the machete blade to the handle:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

Here you can see the parts of the machete on a slab of tiga (also known as iron wood) that we brought to the blacksmith as he’d also be making the scabbard:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

The following day we got a house call from Pacquiao along with the work in progress:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

Over some cups of morning coffee we also looked for inspiration at some internet pictures of the drinking horns he’ll be making for us when the machete is complete and took some notes on finishing the current project:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

Here’s a close-up of the carabao horn handle which hadn’t received its tiga wood ‘stopper’ yet:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

The following day we received the finished machete and scabbard which you can see here with a cacao pod for scale:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

The cacao pod certainly sliced open easily enough with our sharp new machete.

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

(Yes it’s almost time to make the chocolate again. For those currently on Siargao and who have been asking: our new batch of native cacao tablets should be ready in the next few days.)

You can see the initials ‘F.P.’ on the machete blade. It turns out Pacquiao isn’t a nickname he adopted after the famous Philippine boxer but the actual surname of our village blacksmith, Felix Pacquiao.

He’s also carved ‘USA’ and a star as well as a geometric design into the scabbard. We hadn’t exactly arranged for that but think it adds some character. The design is appreciated Pacquiao!

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

And a final shot of the reverse side of the scabbard holding our new carabao horn handle machete:

Machete Making on Siargao Island in the Philippines.

It was a great experience meeting a true craftsman right here in San Isidro on Siargao Island, getting to know him, and watching his machete making in progress. If I sell enough of the native chocolate this week I think I’ll head right back to Pacquiao’s blacksmith shop and order that kris I’ve had my eye on!


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