Bait Caster Pancinko Cartapel Catapult Slingshot Wood Hand Carved Tribal West Timor


Bait Caster Pancinko Cartapel Catapult Slingshot Wood Hand Carved Tribal West Timor


C1838- Wood Hand carved –¬†¬†Some of the everyday carvings that I am offered on my annual forays into Timor are just too much fun. These Bait Caster, Pancinko, Cartapel are no exception.

The hand grip of this unique artefact has been carved in a spiral down the entire grip and a kaif traditional motif at the base of the Y.

The cradle is a piece of fine cotton specifically hand woven for the purpose.

When these rubber bands get tired and perish, which they will, the inner tube of a bicycle tyre will last heaps longer….many more twangs in a bicycle tyre than rubber bands believe me.

17cm tall x 7cm wide.

6.9″ x 2.7″ wide.

32g / 1.1oz

The sad thing about these is that they are responsible for the near complete annihilation of birds in West Timor. Young boys and men carry these in their back pockets and in a land of very little food any protein source is fair game.

If you wish to gather multiple treasures, and International buyers are welcome, this website and shop cart should allow for it. If not I will contact you to find the most economical way to send your treasures to you.

International clients are welcome. Aus Post has returned the international 250gr small parcel. This is great news. YAY! A true shame that they have not done so for domestic.

I am Julie and have been collecting Timorese Treasures in the field since 1990 when I won a prize for overseas travel in a pub in Darwin [true]. I had no idea at the time that I had stumbled upon an Aladdin’s cave of authentic traditional tribal textiles and treasures. I have been returning annually ever since [well most years] and been witness to many changes across the last 3 decades. Who knows when we will be able to travel there again to obtain such treasures?

NOTE: We use recycled packaging

Clearly none of us are sure what will happen post COVID, but I do know that the villagers, carvers and weavers up in the mountains will be grateful when some outside dollars comes into their informal/circular economy. Therefore every purchase you choose to make with me will benefit the Atoni [people of West Timor] as soon as I can get back there.

I distribute reading glasses and nutritious food seeds as the soil in the western half of Timor is very poor and water a precious resource. Please contact me if you wish to contribute.

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Weight 0.03 kg


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