Recycled fishing boats.

I used to be a boat, K&K Fak-Fak Jaya Furniture

Knowing that your chair used to be out at sea or out in the Bali sun catching fish for the market has something of a unique ring to it. 

You may or may not know that my background is in furniture. Yes, decades and decades of manufacturing experience are behind me and my family. It has been a decade or so since we closed our company, but the furniture background cannot be flushed out of me. 

I don’t usually do individual company profiles on my blog but I decided to make an exception on this one. For one it is because this gentleman name Kadek Arnawa or Mr. Made asked to see me months ago. He is a bit out of the way for me but with another appointment nearby and a coincidence of him contacting me again, we made it happen. So what has happened to this small manufacturer?

Covid happened. 

This is the case for many businesses in Bali and around the world. I entered this small shop I saw what it was all about. 

Recycled old fishing boats? 

Yes, exactly that. Pak Made takes old fishing boats and cuts them up with minimal clean-up and varnish he makes furniture out of old boats. This stuff is made of hardwood and is not only heavy but sturdy. This small business used to manufacture 2-3 containers a month of solid wood furniture. 

They used to… Is the keyword here. They no longer manufacture such volumes, but they do make interesting furniture. Knowing that your chair used to be out at sea or out in the Bali sun catching fish for the market has something unique story to it. So what has happened to this little business? Covid killed it and this is a business that has not recovered, while things are better as far as business, not everyone is back to normal.

How can I help?

More often than not, I cannot help sell a darn thing. What I can get him are some eyeballs. Maybe, just maybe someone finds this type of furniture unique and interesting. 

Maybe someone can give me a call and ask to buy a container of this recycled boat furniture and help out a struggling business. 

It is always hard to watch a business struggle. It is always hard to watch a once successful business go through downsizing and restructuring. The back of Pak Made’s business has been leaking and is rather dirty. He has not had the income to fix it all. So all I can hope for is that maybe someone out here in the online world can send me a message and I can help out a small business in Bali.


Published by Zsolt Zsemba

Zsolt Zsemba has worn many different hats. He has been an entrepreneur, and businessman for over 30 years. Living abroad has given him many amazing experiences in life and also sparked his imagination for writing. After moving to Canada from Hungary at the age of 10 and working in a family business for a large part of his life. The switch from manufacturing to writing came surprisingly easily for him. His passion for writing began at age 12, mostly writing poetry and short stories. In 1999, the chance came to write scripts. Zsolt took some time off from his family business to write in Jakarta Indonesia for MD Entertainment. Having written dozens of soap operas and made for TV movies, in 2003 Zsolt returned to the family business once more. In 2018, he had the chance to head back to Asia once again. He took on the challenge to be the COO for MD Pictures and get back into the entertainment business. The entertainment business opened up the desire to write once more and the words began to flow onto the pages again. He decided to rewrite a book he began years ago. Organ House was reborn and is a fiction suspense novel while Scars is a young adult drama focused on life’s challenges. After the first two books, his desire to write not only became more challenging but enjoyable as well. After having several books completed he was convinced to publish them for your enjoyment. Zsolt does not tend to stay in one specific genre but tends to lean towards strong female leads and horror. Though he also has a few human interest books, he tends to write about whatever brews in his brain for a while.

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