“My name is Galang Adi Maulana. Klaten is the capital of my regency, which thrives in the sugar industry. In Klaten, we have the Sugar Museum, which is visited a lot by the people of Klaten Regency and its surroundings. Klaten was chosen as a manufacturing site because it is a traditional center for wood carving and craftsmanship.
“I was raised by my parents in a village which is famous for its wooden crafts for children. My parents and I have the same job; since I was a child, I have been taught their work. My father is a craftsman who uses wood scrap to make new items; typically, wood remnants are only used for firewood. He always taught me to not give up easily when facing challenges. I like handicrafts because it makes me happy to create patterns in wood. I take waste and turn it into crafts, giving it new life.
“One difficult time in my life was during the Bali bombings. At that time, I had no market to sell my creations. Our family still strives to find a market for our crafts. But, I have also experienced good times, such as when I took over the family business and buyers came from within the country and abroad. Our business began to run smoothly, especially with the large number of requests from my buyers.
“The crafts that I make are good. Each item features its own unique qualities. I draw inspiration from the designs of old cars. During the creation process, I always pay close attention to creating good quality items. My work team has two people, and there are five craftsmen from other villages who help. With the help of the craftsmen from the villages, our pieces are becoming more and more unique.
“The raw materials we use are sono wood and mahogany. We use saws, lathes, drills, sanding machines, compressors, etc. I share tasks with all of our artisans, who bring their own unique abilities to the table.
“I have a dream that my craft will continue to grow even bigger. At the same time, I prepare for my future.”