I have never seen or entered any BH with Islamic Architecture before.
Last Tuesday July 10th 2012 I was given the opportunity to.
The owner wanted my short visit and provide him the things that are needed to make it successful.
I remembered conducting a bird call test about 2 or 1.5 years ago and forgot about it since the owner keep silence on his next move.
Out of the blue he wrote to me wanting me to provide him with the necessary sound system for a BH.
Since I was about to wrap up my sound system installation at Kubang Kerian, about 10 minutes away, I told him to allow me to have a look at the BH.
I was not surprise when he got his brother to fetch me at the airport to get me to the BH site.
On Tuesday morning once arrived at the airport I saw his brother waiting for me.
"Good morning Pak Harry. I am here to take you to view the BH in Bacok."
Oh yes when arriving at the said location I remembered vividly the time that I came with some friends to test the land.
The tests were good and the flight direction was determined.
I gave them the go ahead and make sure the entrance hole faces the flying path.
Today I can see a beautiful structure with those Islamic architecture on the walls.
"Who asked you to decorate the BH with those window frames and those special islamic features?"
His answer was those local council.
His story was like this:
They tried to start the construction illegally with giving any notice to the local council. However their luck went bad. The local council people stop the construction work and were ask to submit appropriate application. After lots of changes the local council allows them to proceed but with suitable amendments to the design. All buildings in Kelantan must reflect Islamic identity. That was how the Islamic design concept actually happened.
No a bad design, I told him.
At least they are not bare but there were too many ventilation holes.
The pipes used as the ventilation holes should be those of greyish coloured and not those white?
The white coloured tend to allow sun light to penetrate the nesting room.
So what can be down now Pak Harry?
The best is to paint all these pipes with black paint.
The next issue will be those 90* elbows and 3 feet extension pipe.
You still need someone to paint all of them. I told him.
My comment about those ventilation holes was, you have too many of them. Each wall from beam to beam there were at least 9 openings. It was too many and you might want to shut half of them.
The walls were okay with double brick walls and proper air ventilators.
I was pleased with the smoothness of the ceiling. This will help in the installation of those nesting planks.
After the short inspection job I gave him a thumbs up and once the electricity and water supply is ready I might be able to install those walls, nesting planks and its sound system.
"Pak Harry, please recommend the scope of works to my brother and I am sure he will look forward to your email."
I have a very strong feeling that I might make another 7 hours journey to Bacok, Kelantan soon.
Those of you who are staying nearby and wanted to experience on site work please let me know. You are invited to come and learn to install everything in this BH at a small fee.
I only allow two person at any one time.
Remember this is an experience of your life time.
You will never be able to get this genuine opportunity any where else in the region.
Only Pak Harry is crazy enough to allow newbies to come and learn beside him.
You will be able to learn from the experience at site and ask him everything about swiftlet farming.
Call 017 7551318 for more information.
First come first served basis.