Sulawesi Tanah Biru
Australie en Nieuw Zeeland
Our friend Leo wanted to build a Pinisi
so we travelled to South Sulawesi, Tanah Biru,
the only place in the world
where they still build these large wooden sailing boats.
The only wood that one can use for this is
Ulin (Eusideroxylon zwageri).
The only places in the world where it exists are
Sulawesi and Kalimantan.
Around the village of Tanah Biru, it is now a big waste land
because they forgot to plant new trees...
The trees grow very slow
and the ones that they need are over a hundred years old.
So gradually the builders emigrate now to Kalimantan,
cutting the last trees there...