Ordering Machetes at the Village Blacksmith Shop
This afternoon we finally got around to visiting, consulting, negotiating, and placing orders for a few projects with our village blacksmith. His forge and smithy is just south of San Isidro on the way to Tigasao.
So I introduced myself to the blacksmith who goes by the nickname ‘Manny Pacquiao‘ after the illustrious boxer, senator, and national hero. He’s a jovial guy originally from Cebu who’s quick with a joke and very easy to get along with. The blacksmith’s wife was there and she also had a ready knowledge of the work to be done.
First, we arranged to have a machete made and had to select from the various wooden forms he had hanging up in his smithy. He had just what I wanted: something along the lines of a Malaysian-style parang which you can see in his left hand here:
The wooden form for a traditional Mindanao kris looked interesting too. Since it involves a lot more work on the blade the price quoted for that was nearly double that of the other models. We’ll see how the parang turns out and maybe have a kris made in the future.
These are some of the other models he has on offer:
For our machete, he’ll be using an old outer race from a ball bearing assembly:
For the handle he’ll be using one of the carabao horns we collected from the river from behind the butcher area of the market last month:
With the machete ordered, the work scheduled for tomorrow, and a down-payment made we moved on to discuss our second project.
It took some explaining and some raised eyebrows as we explained that we’d like to have some viking beer drinking horns made. But Pacquiao soon got the idea and warmed to the project. He found a piece of stainless scrap which he’ll fashion into a rim cap for the first drinking horn after it’s been cut down to size.
Okay, work is scheduled for tomorrow and I plan on being there to see the machete being made and to collect our first viking beer drinking vessel made from a carabao horn.
Oh, and we got some nice bamboo delivered today for the outriggers of a boat we’re having made. I’m planning on using some of that bamboo as stands for the drinking horns. But we’ll save that story for a later post.
Update: Machete Making: Day #2