Previously, Gumi has written about Aquaman, a fiction hero that save the ocean and surface, but now we would like to introduce you to one of the real heroes that try to save the future of our earth.
Call him Pak Pong, the owner of Ponks Gallery, that works on making furniture and other products from repurposed woods.
This is started from his interest on woods and art since he was young, then in 2007, he started his business by receiving a small order from his friend after he stopped attending university.
Three years after that, his hobby as a surfer brought him to Australia that somehow gave him further insight and motivation to open a workshop after seeing a wood workshop there. His concern about the ocean and earth also encouraged him to use reclaimed woods. He does not want to cut any trees to produce his furniture, but on the other hand, he wants to unleash his wood art passion. Deeply down, he really wants to be a part of the solution that is faced by our environment.
At present, there are 3 local carpenters that working under his supervising. His products including furniture, cutleries, wall decoration, and souvenirs have been ordered by several restaurants, cafes, event organizer or individuals. To make these products from unused woods need longer time than using normal woods and he has to limit for 3–5 orders per month because Pak Ponk and the team have to spare more time and effort to look for the unwanted woods and clean them.
Sadly, despite this long process, there are still many people who think that Ponk Gallery’s products have to be paid “cheap” since he does not purchase the materials. This somehow personally makes Pak Ponk disappointed, as he hopes more people will understand and value the unwanted woods more as the alternative which is earth-friendly and yet artistic.
In the end, Pak Ponk hopes his gallery can grow and more people will do the same thing as him — utilize recycle woods. “ What I am doing now is still small, but at least, my effort can slow down the circle of this very fast tree cutting” he stated.
For those who are interested in asking more information on what’s Pak Ponk has been doing, you guys can follow and connect to his Gallery’s Social Media. Ponks Gallery.