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TIM MAN • Tinsmith Craftsman • George Town • MALAYSIA-4

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After fighting for many years - an old tinsmith gives up his shop and retires.

"My name is Chee Hwa. Khaw. Tinsmith. That’s what you call it. These days you can’t earn any money.

You know, factory-made things like these are well made and inexpensive.

I’ve been doing this for decades, since my childhood. When dad ran the shop, we’d have to come home and help after school. When I was in my 30s, I got sick. Things were difficult because I had a young family and the kids were in school.

I became anxious… nervous. When I went to go outside. I became nervous. I got so scared, I couldn’t leave. As soon as I walked out the door, I’d break out in a sweat. I was so scared, I thought I would die. The doctor said you have an anxiety disorder. The doctor said you have to walk on your own. No friends. On your own without accompaniment. No friend to accompany me. I had to do it on my own.

I just had to keep walking. Sometimes I’d start to walk, get scared and run back. The doctor said you have to stand and not run. 'If you run, you’ve lost.' I had to listen to the doctor. I had no choice. Bit by bit it worked.

Old things were made very strong. Even when they’re old they don’t break down. Things made today aren’t made to last. They break down easily.

These kind of hand made things take time.

That’s enough. Finished."

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Uploaded on September 8, 2015