Palakkad man makes eco-friendly flowerpots using saw dust
Palakkad: Saw dust or wood shavings was commonly used as a fuel in rural areas. After gas stoves became common, saw dust is treated as a waste. But Palakkad Vadakkencherry native Thomas John is creatively utilising saw dust to make flowerpots and flower vases of different sizes. Plenty of saw dust is available in wood mills and the products made of this are eco-friendly too.
Though the final products are beautiful, making pots with saw dust is a laborious task. First saw dust is moistened slightly and mixed with Fevicol gum. The mixture should be formed in the shape of flowerpots before it gets dried. After drying, the surface is smoothened using a small iron rod. Plants can be fixed in the pot after filling soil inside. Apart from flowerpots, many decorative items also are made using saw dust.
Thomas John started experimenting with saw dust art during the lockdown days. He was bedridden due to a nerve disorder called Guillain-Barré syndrome and recovered only five months ago. Though he suffers from physical discomforts even now, he is active all the time. He is a retired block development officer and district president of Kerala Congress Farmers Union.