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Meet My Craftsman: Knife Sharpener Lee Hwee Chin from Pow Li

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Chinatown MRT Station Exit C

151 New Bridge Road 91 Upper Cross Street Singapore 059443/058362 New Bridge Road

Singapore, 059443

Singapore

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Event description
Got a blunt kitchen knife lying at home? Bring it over and let Mdm Lee teach you the art of knife sharpening!

About this event

Nestled in a nondescript corner of the People’s Park Complex, is Singapore’s last manual knife sharpener Mdm Lee! Watch in amazement as she brings her arsenal of tools out to grind and sharpen knives of all sorts! If you have a blunt knife lying around at home, be sure to bring it along for her to show you how it’s done!

Meet knife expert, Mdm Lee!

Hello everyone, I am Mdm Lee Hwee Chin and I have been sharpening knives for over 50 years! When my father and I first started learning the craft in the 1970s, there were so many accidents and complaints because we both lacked the experience. Today, I am able to confidently sharpen different types of knives ranging from filleting knives and cleavers to spears from dangkis (Taoist spirit mediums)!

For me, the most important thing in this business is trust. When customers entrust us with their knives, we must work carefully and do a good job - imagine how disastrous it would be if we damaged their family heirloom! Even though I have been working here for so long, I am still learning every day. Sometimes, it really feels as though I have only just started and that I can carry on for another 50 years!

More about Pow Li Knife Sharpening

The story of Pow Li began in the 1950s, when first-generation owner Mr Lee Wen Hen set up his own workspace at Kreta Ayer. Originally a carpenter, Mr Lee moved into knife-sharpening out of personal fascination for the craft. The name Pow Li was Mr Lee’s trademark. Mdm Lee explains: “Whenever customers asked if our knives were sharp, he would exclaim “pow li! pow li!” (“guaranteed sharp”). And that’s how the shop got its name.”

Helming the shop today is his daughter Madam Lee Hwee Chin. 74 this year, she began running the business with her father at the young age of 23. She was moved by his tireless dedication and sought to ease his workload wherever she could. Today, Madam Lee is one of the last knife sharpeners who does everything by hand. With her infectious optimism and lively demeanour, she attracts the company of neighbours and regular customers who frequently drop by to say hello.

Details of the Programme

  • Language: Mandarin
  • Dates:
    • Sat, 11 Sep: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sun, 12 Sep: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sat, 18 Sep: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sun, 19 Sep : 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sat, 25 Sep: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sun, 26 Sep: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sat, 2 Oct: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
    • Sun, 3 Oct: 1400-1500, 1600-1700
  • Meeting Point:
    • Street-Level Entrance of Chinatown MRT Station Exit C
  • Please arrive 20 minutes before the event for registration. Our facilitators will be wearing our event t-shirt.
  • Parking is available at the Chinatown Multi-Storey Car Park.
  • Venue is not wheelchair accessible.
  • The event will proceed rain or shine.

Who should come?

  • Participants must be 13 years and above to participate.

What to bring?

  • Participants should bring along an umbrella, ear plugs, hand sanitisers and a bottle of water.
  • Participants are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear covered shoes.
  • Participants are encouraged to bring a pair of scissors or knives which they would like the host to sharpen.
  • Asthmatic individuals are encouraged to bring their inhaler.

COVID-19 Precautions

  • All hosts and facilitators in this tour programme are fully vaccinated or have taken a Pre-Event Test (PET) in the past 24 hours
  • Facilitators in this tour or programme are trained in basic first-aid.
  • All participants must complete TraceTogether, a health declaration form and temperature taking at the start of the event.
  • All participants must wear their masks properly throughout the event.
  • All participants must maintain a one-metre distance from other participants during the event.

Disclaimer

  • All ticket sales are final. There will be no refund if you wish to cancel your tickets.
  • By agreeing to participate in the event, participants are responsible for any injury, loss or damage due to the negligence on his/her part or of the children under his/her charge.
  • Participants must abide by the house rules set out by the host. Facilitators will brief participants at the start of the programme.
  • Videos and photographs may also be taken during the event. By registering for this event, you give My Community full rights to use the photos for marketing and publicity.
  • It is compulsory for a parent/guardian to accompany any child of or under the age of 12.

For updates:

  • Follow us at @mycommunitysg on Instagram and @myqueenstown on Facebook.
  • Visit mycommunityfestival.sg for all our latest updates.
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Location

Chinatown MRT Station Exit C

151 New Bridge Road 91 Upper Cross Street Singapore 059443/058362 New Bridge Road

Singapore, 059443

Singapore

View Map

Refund policy

Contact the organiser to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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Organiser My Community Festival

Organiser of Meet My Craftsman: Knife Sharpener Lee Hwee Chin from Pow Li

My Community Festival is a ground-up initiative showcasing Singapore’s best kept secrets and community stories through immersive tours, tastings and other cultural and heritage experiences.

4 Things To Know About The Festival

  • It is curated in collaboration with heritage practitioners, business owners, legacy brands as well as a number of religious and cultural institutions.
  • It builds upon the demand for culinary travel, cultural exploration and activity-based travel experiences - evident from the consumption habits of locals and tourists alike.
  • It aims to connect people from all walks of life through the festival platform in the hopes that they may go on to expand their social networks.
  • The festival has taken on an added dimension as a result of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. It serves as a means in which to re-introduce locals back to the island’s ethnic enclaves and to support local, legacy establishments in a triumphant display of resilience as a community. Let’s come together to celebrate the Singaporean spirit after a challenging 2020.

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