Setbacks and survival: master craftsman uses challenges to forge strength

  • Arts
  • Thursday, 13 May 2021

Adiguru Muhaimin Hasbollah adjusts a work from his screen collection from the 'Awan Larat' series made from Damar Hitam and Seraya. Photo: The Star/Samuel Ong

It was a disaster that Adiguru Muhaimin Hasbollah will never forget. On that fateful December morning in 2014, amid a week-long torrential downpour, the banks of Sungai Pahang broke open and a terrible flood was unleashed on Temerloh town and the rest of Pahang.

Without mercy, the waters kept rising and just like that over 300 wood carvings at Muhaimin’s Inakraf woodcraft workshop were swept away. The flood also damaged several workshop machines and cutting tools.

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