When we talk about turning trash into treasure, we rarely think about it as an art that already exists in Malaysia for generations. Amzari, a 29-year old from Johore, is keen on saving the planet and at the same time preserve the intricate art of woodturning. He now wants to expand his art and empower the under-educated with woodturning skills.
The Pelarik (Woodturner) Tourism is a 12-month program to provide training wood turning skills as part of the schools’ vocational program.
His method of using recycled wood is an added value to this project as more and more tourists are purchasing “green” handicrafts. The objective is to teach a technical skill that is in demand and to provide the kids with a career choice.
The program involves training the participants who are from secondary schools on the skills and techniques needed for eloquent woodturning. The completed products made by these “students” will then be marketed as handicrafts in the tourism market. Amzari’s shop in Muar is one of the only two wood turning workshops in Malaysia.