Monthly Archives: March 2013

Custom-made Pirate Flag

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A flag for the paraw is now on its way to Palawan, having been made in a sewing shop on a military camp in Afganistan.

A fews weeks ago, Gener took some guests on his Jungle Expedition to visit the paraw construction site. Nik, a Canadian guest working in Kabul, offered to have a pirate flag stitched to Gener’s design by skilled workers on Camp Alamo.

Gener’s design includes a moro kris  and kampilan, traditional swords used by tribal people (and pirates of bygone years) in the southern Philippines.

Of course, Gener is not really a pirate, the flag is just for fun!

Camp sewing shop

The sewing shop in Kabul where the flag was made.
[Photos by Nik Vorobiev]

Carpenters document progress

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Celso attaching the ‘batsula’ with a hand drill during a power outage.

About a month ago, we gave the carpenters a Nikon point-and-shoot to document their daily work. The paraw construction has been progressing apace and each step has been captured by the men themselves.

In the images below,  see how the “batsula“– the rim of the boat – was attached above the frame. The batsula was then softened with oil and the two sides were bent using ropes and a ratchet to meet at the bow. The ratchet was tightened everyday for a week until the two pieces were sufficiently curved to form a pointed bow.

Work on adding a keel began next and the carpenters built a roof over the boat to shelter them from the summer heat.