We've been needing some more kuma (tongs to move the hot stones on and off the motu) in our outside kitchen.
Saturday afternoon, I asked around until I found somebody who could show me how to make them: my next door neighbor, Nancy. She pointed me to the right place to ask for the proper bamboo, and we made plans to get together today to make several pairs.
Nancy's family is one of our favorites, and her kids are absolutely precious. In fact, Annie turned three today.
Then she showed us how to trim off the unwanted pieces, smoothing both sides and the edges.
Sarah and Benjamin took turns following Nancy's example, and she guided them through the process.
Then the soft piece of bamboo was folded over a stick, and the two ends of the kuma were tied together to cool in place.
I loved watching each of my kids find their niche of service, whether it was watching little ones or chipping away with a bush knife.