Thursday, September 30, 2010

MySelangorStory: Day Two "School of Hard Knock"

That is one big Tankard! 

It took a phone call to wake me up that particular Friday , I almost forget that I am still a part of  MySelangorStory tour . With quick morning brush up , I joined the rest of MySelangorStory blogger for breakfast before boarding the bus to our next destination. The Royal Selangor (MySelangorStory Official Souvenir Shop)  located at Setapak Jaya , a suburb just 20 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city centre.       
 
Like MySelangorStory Tour, Royal Selangor has its own story to tell . From humble beginning to rapid development of Tin Mining in the Malay peninsula from 1800s period, The Royal Selangor Visitor Center houses lotsa traditional pewtersmithing tools and antique pewter from around the worlds are showcased the pewter museum and ancient tin used in last century . Cool stuff indeed! Founded in 1885 , Royal Selangor is the world's foremost name in quality pewter, a brand synonymous with design and craft .  Founded in 1885 by Yong Koon, his little shop called Ngeok Foh (Jade Peace), handcrafted pewter objects mainly for ceremonial use - such as joss sticks holders, incense burners and candlestands for altars of Chinese homes and temples. It later expanded to items that were sought by the British colonials in Malaya (like tankards, ashtrays and tea services) continue to expand until it was bestow its royal warrant  byHoly Royal Highness "The Sultan of Selangor".


Inside the visitor center, we were given tour by Royal Selangor staff explaining the history, artifact ,product that is produced using pewter . It is indeed a time consuming process since everything is done manually in those day. Then we given step by step tour on how present day pewter on how are made. Despite the use modern technology, we could see much handwork still goes into each Royal Selangor pewter piece. The Factory Tour shows us the elaborate pewter-making processes required of the artisans including the detailed handcrafting that goes into each piece. We also get to view the intricate handwork that goes into the making of Selberan’s fine jeweller.

Bang..... Bang...... bang...... bang...... bang ..............bang ..............bang...............bang..................................bang...... bang............................
( Imagine it listening to it for 30 minutes non stop)
No. That not the sound of gun shot but nearly 30 odd blogger banging on the pewter using very simple basic tool consist of hammer and wood pit to create simple pewter bowl like during  late 19th century. The tour could not be complete if we didn't enrol into School of Hard Knocks and start on banging on pewter the blogger style. I'm guessing all of us was banging left and right till the end although i not sure if we got the correct product in the end XD. But still it left us fully satisfied . Maybe next time we could fashion big tankard instead .

Afterward , we finished our "School of Hard Knock" training to relax and unwind at the Royal Selangor  visitor center cafe for pastries and tea while listening to interesting story by grand-daughter of Royal Selangor’s founder, Yong Koon! During invasion of Malaya by Japanese Army. a man  goes in search for food, he found the tea pot and duck to collect it  instead and at same moment it saves his life from the incoming bomb shrapnel . He took it home ( I don't think his wife would be happy) and retold it countless time before her husband bought it and clean it up before finding  the seal marking workmanship of Yong Koon!  Thanks You Royal Selangor  for making our trip a memorable one indeed!

 My Cert from School of Hard Knock!



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