Logs then were used in many ways.
they were used to build our pontoons or floating dor tou.
In 1948 some one took a photo of how logs were used for boats to berth in Kanowit. Until today, logs are used by the people of Sarawak to tie their boats to, or to build pontoons. Even toilets are built on logs.
|A pontoon in Bekenu still using big logs,complimented with diesel drums|
One important use was to build bridges. The nang Chong area was very muddy and in fact my cousins once remarked that no one should actually plant rubber in that kind of soil. But my grandfather did and the family survived pretty well.
Even in other parts of Sarawak, until today, one of the best and most important uses of logs is still the building of rough improvised bridges. This photo is from Taja Enjok (Lio Mato area)
In the 1950's and 1960's, runaway logs were often "caught" by my relatives in the Nang Chong villages along the Rajang to be sewn up for precious firewood, both for smoking of rubber sheets and for the wood fire stove.
Today, with the arrival of kerosene stoves, cooking gas tanks and electricity, and the fact that wood is very scarce now, people no longer use firewood. Men would not have to paddle right into the middle of the Rajang to "hook" a log and bring it home like a precious trophy.
Those were precious memories that many of my cousins would have of our uncles and their paddle power.
|Believe it or not, this is the wood fire stove used by my Second Uncle, the late Lau Pang Kui and Aunty in Tien Chin School in Bukit Lan. I had the opportunity to photograph it during a recent trip to Bukit Lan. They were transferred to Sibu in the 1970's.|
Firewood stove is a thing of the past now. Do you have any memory of sawing logs and chopping up wood for your grandmother's stove?