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How Bidayuhs in Semban make their man made bee nest

Here is the video on how Glen from the village of Semban in Sarawak hollows out a piece of tree trunk using bamboo to make the artificial bee nest or Bleh Teh.

Bamboo trap video- Tilong trap by Bidayuh of Semban Sarawak

Here is the video I compiled on Tilong, the trap built entirely of bamboo. This video was recorded in the Bidayuh village of Semban, Sarawak.

Traditional furnace of the Bidayuhs in Semban, Sarawak

Here is a video of a traditional furnace which belongs to the Bidayuhs in Semban Sarawak. Local guide and villager Glen and his father was kind enough to setup the furnace just to demonstrate how their old furnace works. The feathers on the ‘plungers’ are not from chickens but from a particular type of raptor.

Many apologies for the poor sound recording.

A video on traditional Bidayuh blades in Semban

Here is a video we compiled on the blades we saw used by the Bidayuhs in Semban. We apologize for its rather poor quality.

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My video on making a wooden spoon using ambers from fire

We finally compiled and edited the video we took while making the wooden spoon using ambers from the fire with the help from the Fiskars Hatchet and my Mora. Enjoy!

A video on jungle kitchen & feather-sticks of Sarawak

Here is the video I compiled from my Sarawak trip on jungle kitchen (fireplace) setup and feather-sticks made by the locals there. I am totally impressed with how it is all done and what a wonderful thing they have taught me. Enjoy the video!

Continue reading other parts of this adventure below:

Click here to read about another rainforest adventure in Semban, Sarawak.

Harvesting jungle survival food by the Penans of Sarawak

This is a video on how the Penans of Sarawak harvest the ‘Umbut’ or ‘heart’ of a type of palm tree. The natives of Sarawak has relied on the jungle for food, shelter and almost everything they need to survive. I am fortunate to be able to record this to share with everyone.

NOTE: This ‘Umbut’ harvest was done to obtain food to a group that was traveling in the interior jungles of Sarawak and NOT to produce this video.

Continue reading other parts of this adventure below:

Click here to read about another rainforest adventure in Semban, Sarawak.

Shooting my Chaplong (Caplong) bamboo pump gun; Final

Wet newspaper is a good alternative to Chaplong’s bullets

Wet newspaper is a good alternative to Caplong’s bullets

Wet newspaper makes ideal ammunition for my Caplong bamboo pump gun. Shape the papers into small, compacted pallets, they make good Caplong bullets and can really pack a punch.

Continue reading Shooting my Chaplong (Caplong) bamboo pump gun; Final

Mastering the skill of making fire by friction (bow drill)

Part of my interest for adventures in Malaysia is also to learn traditional skills and indigenous knowledge. This interest has been fueled further by knowledgeable Pak Abu (Bod) who has shared many things with me. One of the things that he has taught me before is making fire by friction more specifically…the bow drill.

So, recently Meun helped to record my practicing this skill of making fire using a bow drill. And the best thing is that I got it on my first try, which is great compared to the numerous times it took me the last time.

I have set my next challenge. I am thinking of walking into the jungle one day and attempt to make fire using exactly this method but utilizing materials from that jungle only. I think this would be a great challenge as it will be in a real rainforest environment, with high humidity and rain.

Anyway, would appreciate comments, suggestions and ideas about how to improve my methods.

Our Malaysia fire piston video

This is a video Meun and I made on the fire piston we got from the Orang Asli (Indigenous people). We were really amazed how well it worked, even on the first try!

We are really impressed what this block of wood can do. Thanks to Pak Abu for sharing this information with us. Otherwise we would have never known about it.

Click here for more pictures on our Malaysia fire piston. If you are interested to buy a traditional hand made fire piston like the one above, have a look at Sepuh Crafts.