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Meed NoreChances are, if you have ventured into the countryside in Southern Thailand, that you already have seen farmers carying a hooked blade attached to a 40-60 cm wood handle. Often seen on the back of their motorcycles. The name of this tool in Southern Thailand is Meed-Nore ( มีดงอ - mêet ngor) and in the rest of the country is known as Meed-Pra ( มีดพร้า - mêet práa ). At least here in the south, is the most common cutting tool. It also comes in various sizes and slightly different shapes.

 

For someone like me, use to the machete, it could feel a little awkward at first, but soon, after some practice, you start realizing his power and flexibility. You can tell a farmers skills and experience just by looking at his Meed-Nore or so I been told.

When, after some heavy usage, the blade becomes too worn out, it is time to pay a visit to the blacksmith for repair. You only buy new when the blade is beyond salvation.

This time, we paid a visit to the local blacksmith of the Hindan comnunity, Mr Plian. He has been providing his valuable services to the community for many years.

If the blade can be fixed, the process is quite simple, at least when you read these lines. You cut off the damaged edge, you place a piece of iron which has been bended to match the curved cut-out, you redraw the hole blade with a template, you cut the excess, you weld the pieces together, trim, sharp it and voilà.

 

Mr Plian's workshop.

 Mr Plian's workshop. There's nothing fancy here, his skills are the most important tool.

 

An old Meed Nore waiting for repair.

An old Meed Nore waiting for repair.

 

The form where the pieces are hold together.

 The form where the pieces are hold together.

 

Finding the right position for the template in order to trace the cutting lines.

Finding the right position for the template in order to trace the cutting lines.

 

Tracing the upper line.

 Tracing the upper line.

 

Tracing the lower line.

 Tracing the lower line.

 

Shaping the supplement.

 Shaping the supplement.

 

Prepared in advanced, these iron parts are ready for use.

 Prepared in advanced, these iron parts are ready for use.

 

Checking the fit of the joint.

 Checking the fit of the joint.

 

This one is ready to get back to his owner.

 This one is ready to get back to his owner.

 

Mr Plian

Mr Plian.

 

These templates are the most commonly used. Notice the difference in curvature.

 These templates are the most commonly used. Notice the difference in curvature.

 

Mr Plian

 Mr Plian.

 

Red-whiskered Bulbul

 Mr Plian's  Red-whiskered Bulbul. Those birds are the pride and joy of their owners, especially when they win a bird singing contests.

 

- Pictures from this article can also be seen in the Gallery section.


  • Special thanks to Mr Plian, เสนาะ อินทรสาคร ( Sanor Intrasakon - Tid ) and all the others that helped that day.