Harvard students gain much insight on art of pewter-making


Delicate process: Royal Selangor director Datin Paduka Chen Mun Kuen (left) observes a Harvard Trekker trying his hand at hammering, a pewter crafting technique.

ATOTAL of 42 young leaders from the Asia Leadership Trek visited the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre to learn more about the 130-year-old pewter brand.

Known as the Harvard Trekkers, the group comprised graduate students from Harvard University, including Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Graduate School of Education, Harvard Medical School and Harvard Graduate School of Arts and Science.

The visit commenced with a talk by Royal Selangor International managing director Tan Sri Yong Poh Kon,

It was an absorbing session as the trekkers engaged in a dialogue on improving Malaysia’s competitiveness in the 21st century.

The trekkers were then taken back over a hundred years with a guided tour of the Royal Selangor Visitor Centre, where they learned more about the history of pewter and tin through interactive exhibits and showcases.

The group also tried their hand at creating their own pewter dish at the School of Hard Knocks, where they were guided through the process of using traditional tools such as the hammer and wooden mould.

“It is always very encouraging to speak and listen to bright, young minds. I hope that their visit here will add to their growth towards becoming great leaders in the future,” said Yong.

“The visitor centre is world class. The most informative part of the tour was the live demonstration of pewter crafting techniques.

“I also had fun creating a pewter dish at the School of Hard Knocks,” said Samuel Kim from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.

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