Adoor: Sensy George of Kole Kulangara Bungalow in Vadakkadathukavu, in Adoor, Kerala, is 61. He felt he should live the rest of his life in harmony with nature. That is when he decided to try his hand at making wooden utensils and vessels for the kitchen that would pose no health hazard.
When he started, he did not have any experience, but, now, he can dextrously manufacture about 60 different types of kitchen vessels and utensils of various shapes from teakwood with a machine that he bought from Gujarat.
Vessels to keep boiled rice, bowls that can be used to store curries, pickle jars (bharani) and meal plates are among the things Sensy George carves out from teakwood.
He said he started thinking about doing something that would not harm nature and the environment after the plastic ban came into force.
During this time, he came across some YouTube videos on the methods used to make wooden vessels and utensils in foreign countries. This gave him the idea to do something similar, he said.
He found out that the machine needed to make such vessels was available in Gujarat. He got a machine from there.
The COVID-19 lockdown gave him the time to experiment with the machine and figure out ways to make vessels of various shapes.
George first used mahogany to make the vessels. But he realised that the wood made food taste bitter. He, therefore, shifted to teakwood.
He obtained the department of industries’ licence for running a small-scale business and set up a unit next to his home to work on new models for the utensils and vessels.
His next aim is to find a market for his products, for which he has sought the help of the industries department, said Sensy George.
He can be contacted over the phone at: 9447363493.