The giant ibis is Cambodia’s national bird but it is not always respected. Rather it is the victim of deforestation, illegal hunting, and human encroachment. There are only about 200 adult ibises left in Cambodia and so researchers were pleased recently when they discovered nineteen ibis nests in two wildlife sanctuaries in the north near the Thailand border. There is a program to hire community members to guard the nests until the eggs are hatched, protecting them from predators and poachers.
Cambodia’s luxury woods end up not only in more common (although unwieldy) furniture such as tables and chairs, but even the odd-shaped stumps and remnants of tree trunks have great value as they are fashioned into all sorts of art objects. Click here to see some and then scroll down to #11. (I think this is enough about wood for a while so I’ll move on to other topics.)
Some of the heavy, culturally-important wooden furniture is sold in shops. A great deal is also sold on the streets of the big cities. Probably produced in rural workshops, it is brought to the city for sale. Click here to see some of the wares on the street, and then scroll down to #9.
Another type of establishment that invests heavily in massive wooden furniture are the restaurants, especially those on the road. Take a break from driving to have lunch and you’ll likely find yourself sitting on a heavy wooden stool. Click here and scroll down to #5. Restaurants.
You’ve seen pictures of the way the heavy furniture, especially the stools, is found in commercial shops. Click here to see how the furniture appears in offices.
Here are more samples of the variety of places where the heavy wooden furniture can be found. It’s just hard to imagine how it is everywhere. Click here for the photos.
Here is the second set of photographs of commercial places that display the heavy wooden furniture that is so valued by the community. Click here to see the pictures.
This is the first of three posts about heavy furniture–especially the universal wooden stools–found in a wide variety of shops in Cambodia. Everybody wants it! Click here.
Another distinctive feature of Cambodian wooden furniture is the large wooden vase-shaped object, a purely decorative adjunct to any home or business setting. They are all sizes but the really large and massive ones are the ones that catch your attention as you walk into a business or someone’s house. Click here to see more of them.
This post focuses on one type of Cambodian furniture, large flat platforms that are found everywhere and are used for everything. Click here to see more.