Vishü Rita Krocha
Kohima | August 7
At 26, Dzieseneituo Dzüvichü has not only acquired the skill that goes into making a fine carpenter, but can also pride himself in having gained 10 years of experience in woodworks. He dropped out of school while in Class 8 but that did not render him as another hopeless teenager with a bleak future. Rather, he took to carpentry with even more seriousness at such a young age, determined to make a future out of it.
“I have always been interested in woodwork,” he says while recalling that he started experimenting and making small wooden products as a school going boy. Among the first furniture that he made were a wooden stool and a gas stove table for use at home. Never been formally trained in this area, he believes that being able to make products out of wood is also a gift.
“Not everybody can become carpenters,” he stresses and asserts on making use of that gift by practicing it over and over again. By doing exactly that, Dzieseneituo has not only become more proficient in his chosen vocation over the years, but also earned the trust and admiration of numerous customers who came his way.
When he first started off, he recalls with gratitude that his family and everybody he knew encouraged him to take up carpentry. “They also felt these are skills that our own local people should master, and this further boosted my confidence in pursuing it more zealously,” he expresses.
Then, he also considers it his good fortune to have been introduced to Tseizelhou Solo, from whom he learnt a lot more about woodworks. For the last ten years, he has been working with him, carving out all types of furniture for people from different walks of life.
“We have had customers who tell us our works are better than those of non-locals. Some would ask us to take in more school dropouts and teach them the skills while some parents also want their children to learn from us,” he shares. He is however often disappointed to find that many unemployed youths are too lazy to go looking for their dreams.
“I always think it (carpentry) is better than a government job,” he affirms. Not many people his age are economically independent. Years of being in the wood industry has also enabled him to buy his own car and a two wheeler. At home, there are clear signs of his handiwork too. The most important thing for him is the finishing of a product even as he observes that people nowadays don’t mind paying more for quality work.
As a child, he once dreamt of becoming a footballer and also went on to represent Nagaland as part of the Under-16 Team at Uttarakhand in 2006. But Dzieseneituo Dzüvichü has clearly found his calling in woodwork, an area he unmistakably excels in, and hopes to carry forward what he so passionately started ten years ago.
*Year of Construction Workers (YOCW) is a joint program of the Government of Nagaland in partnership with YouthNet, Zynorique and the Department of Labour & Employment, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship.