On this particular day someone mentioned The Joss Stick man, Mr. Tay, who has been making traditional style joss sticks (which are burnt in temples as offering to the Chinese Gods, during religious festivals), since he was a boy. Both he and his brother following in the trade of his Father and his Father before him.
Mr Tay loves what he does and he was very generous with his time, explaining to us how he creates his Figurines and joss sticks. His children have no desire to carry on the trade so it is; as he puts it, "a dying art" They will, he says, spend many hours sitting in front of a computer but have no patience or desire to sit for hours doing the intricate carving and learning the craft! He was also quite frank in saying that there is just not money to be made in this kind of business any more. Very sad.
It was very interesting listening to Mr. Tay describe his trade to us and he also took the time to show us a little of how he creates his Figurines and carvings.
- Tay Guan Heng (Joss Sticks Manufactuer)
Address: 4001 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-25, Singapore 569622
Phone:+65 6453 9176