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toolLooks like a wooden bird, but it’s not quite a wooden bird. This is said to be a tool used in paddy planting. Does anyone here know HOW it’s used?


We received this from our reader Ngai, who recently visited the Rice Production Museum in Kedah. Apparently this tool pictured above is known as Renggam (see picture below).

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  1. Ngai C O says:


    I am making a few very wild guesses not having any ideas at all, after pouring through many traditional implements/what not used in rice cultivation, on the web.

    – Could be part of a predator bird to scare off birds from eating the
    grains of rice.

    – Could be part of a buffalo/cow drawn plough.

    – Could be a saddle to sit on in a wooden plough.

  2. Mano says:

    I think it’s what was called the ‘tuai’. Hence the word ‘menuai’ padi – to harvest the padi. Admittedly, I have tried trawling the ‘net’ to confirm my hunch but to no avail. So I too am guessing here but not as ‘forehead slapping’ as my colleagues’!:)
    Ok, back to this ‘tuai’ thingy. The base of the object looks to be metal and thus must serve as the cutting edge. The shape must somehow fit the palm in such a manner for prolonged ease of use.

  3. Merrill Leong says:

    I believe that his is a coconut flesh scraping stool. What is missing on the left side is the scraping knife that is lodged into the head of the stool. The person doing the scraping will sit on the saddle and scrape the half of the cut open coconut and have the shredded flesh fall onto a bowl or basin placed below the scraping knife. Today, a motorized machine with a rotary shredding head is used instead.

    • NCK says:

      From the woodgrain and surface texture, that thing doesn’t seem to be big enough for a person to sit on. It’s more like a handheld gadget. Besides, the way described about how coconut is scrapped seems precarious – the person can easily have his fingers cut.

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