Dr. Tawee at his Museum of Folk Craft
Ancient kitchen utensils showroom
The fish trap tools showroom
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Sergeant-Major Dr. Tawee-Pim Buranaket, Museum of Folk Craft
Located opposite the Buranathai Buddha Image foundry, Wisutkasat road, Amphoe Muang. This museum is well known for its collections of all folk-arts, crafts, basketry, pottery and ancient kitchen utensils. In addition to these, there also are instruments for agriculture occupation and household living displayed.
Museum of Folk Craft in Phitsanulok and the aforementioned device, one of the displays at the museum, was in days gone by, employed by monks in temples for catching temple boys going out for a night on the town. These boys, while not ordained as monks or novices, are expected to stay within the compound of the temple after curfew. So while the trap did not actually 'catch' its victim, it would leve behind telltale marks. The next morning on almsround, the monk could ascertain who had disobeyed orders by simply observing who had a bruised shin or was limping.
This little contraption was one of many hundreds of objects on displays at this unique museum. The museum is obviously a labour of love for Dr. Tawee who was has amassed this astounding collection of traditional Thai household items: utensils of very kind, farming and hunting equipment, musical instruments, even textiles from this region and beyond. "I felt that it was important to collect many of these folk items now. The only people who still know how to use some of them are really old and after they are gone, the methods will be lost forever." In the museum we saw ingenious traps for catching all kinds of animals including snkes, birds, tigers, even porcupines.