Adults, from left to right: Vincent Ambrar, Fredison Mombrasar, Andreas Mombrasar, Elisabet Dimara, Delilah Mombrasar. The kids were moving around too much for me to get their names straight.
Their address is:
Pandai Besi Awak Soba
West Papua Indonesia
Note: If this instructable wins any contests, I'll send it to them. They could do amazing things with it.
Step 1: Chainsaw Powered Sago Grinder
Step 2: Chainsaw Sago Grinder Billboard
Big chainsaws are plentiful here because of the timber industry. The area has valuable hardwoods sought by Malaysian Chinese traders.
The traditional method of making sago starch is to fell a sago log and pound the insides with wooden hammers until the starch grains are separated from the fibers. I've read that even that way, it's 1/10th as much labor as rice cultivation. With a power tool like this, it would take very little time to produce large quantities.
"Pandai Besi" means "blacksmith" in the Bahasa Indonesia language. Just like our word, it literally means "iron pounder"
Step 3: The Product Line
The local stores carry mass produced machetes and sickles like we have but no one wants them. The local people appreciate a finely crafted steel tool made to exactly suit the work they do.
Step 4: Prices and Volumes
This is an impressively well organized operation.