“Atreverse” (in English dare) means to overcome a fear.
We found a place which makes us feel especially good. An organic coffee, a familiar business, little, caring. a green surrounding where tranquillity can be felt. Coffees, chocolates, teas, cold, frappes and some delicious cashew crackers.
Pi Nok y Pi Eak. Afternoons here and there.
Modest conversations and wood carving.
Pi Nok is about coffee during the day. Taking care of the garden, coffee toasting and making a coffee. Over the afternoon, she carves wooden cases in the backyard.
Pi Eak works carving wood in Baan Tawai, a village focused on wood carving 40 minutes away from Chiang Mai.
When the sun goes down, a concert melody drowns some towns like these, where knowing a skill goes from fathers to sons and spreads through entire families.
Over time we’ve had more confidence.
When we asked Pi Eak which was his favourite piece, he didn’t take time to show us his house front door. Two elephants perfectly carved with their skin texture remarkably gained.
The depth is incredible.
Three days before we left San Pa Tong, knowing it was our last opportunity, overcoming fears or many things, I asked Pi Nok if she can teach me some wood carving.
Anything was enough, feeling a tool in my hand and wood texture, taste it, carve a wooden piece a small tool…
Amazed but I feel her happiness. She replied yes, I had to go the day after at 16:00 she needed to get the material ready for me.
From here, got two entire afternoons of work. Realising how much more truly skilful one has to be to make it quickly and in detail. Realising the practice. With the melody in the background and her help. Hands in pain and improving each touch. She corrected me, but it is not easy to get the right movement that the technique requires: gentleness, fluency, strength and direction.
These are things we also need in our life.
We finished and I thanked her many times as I could as we had to go.
Now I know some about wood carving, I know that people in San Patong are beautiful and I also know that fear must be overcome, in order to not lose great things.
—— DOCUMENTAL MATERIAL LOST——
Some material has been missed. If at any time we found it, it will be posted here.