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Jakarta Post

Wooden boats made in Cililin

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, March 2 2020   /  02:22 am

Idling and idyllic: A brightly colored wooden boat that was built by Encep and Chandra rests on the grassy shores of the Saguling reservoir in West Java.Encep and Chandra are carrying a wooden boat they built and painted a bright royal blue.They walk barefoot in the rain, along the slippery embankment to the edge of the Saguling reservoir in West Java. They are delivering the boat to the buyer that commissioned it.“This boat will be delivered to a man from Dayeuhkolot, whose house was hit by the flood,” says Encep, an elementary school graduate.Encep has been running the year-old boat building business from his house in Cililin, Bandung, West Java.His primary source of livelihood is farming nila (Nile tilapia) using submerged cages in the Saguling reservoir. Still, he sensed that building wooden boat had strong business potential and in the end, he taught himself how to build boats....