Bangalore, July 18 (ANI): Although a blacksmith by profession, Rohit Chimullu from Mangalore in Karnataka makes artifacts out of coconut shells, which are in demand in various parts of the country.
Chimullu works with iron blocks for sustaining his family, but his passion lies in exploring the limits of his creativity using coconut shells.
"I was motivated on seeing ladles and other odd items made from coconut in the kitchen and gave a try to come out with some innovative products. I take three to four days for making an item. There has been a good demand for the products conceptualised by me, particularly from foreigners," Chimullu said.
Using hands and common house tools, Chimullu transforms ordinary coconut shells into statues, masks, water jugs and miniature idols.
"He never uses any other thing except coconuts and gum to create these decorative items. His art needs patronage from the society," said Dayasagar, a neighbour.
The decorative pieces are in great demand, which is evident from his illustrious list of clientele. His customers range from local villagers to elite city folks, and even foreigners.
Chimullu has not received formal schooling, but many of his works reveal complicated principles of ballistic science and engineering.
One of his most acclaimed products is a simple water jug, which works on the simple scientific premise of fluid pressure. (ANI)