Efficiency by mattsteinglass
October 18, 2007, 4:42 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

The guy in this picture, shot in Luang Prabang the day before yesterday, is planing beams a house that’s being built across the street. In other words, the wooden beams of the house have actually been cut and planed on site.

laos planer

As with many of the more picturesque activities in a country like Laos, the simple fact of the kind of work he’s doing is evidence of a certain degree of poverty. Once Laos gets richer, those things are going to be delivered to the site pre-cut.  Obviously everyone hopes that Laos, like every other country, gets rich. But it will be a bit of a shame to see this kind of work disappear. It’s a mistake to applaud or try to perpetuate “picturesque poverty”, but you can’t deny that it really is picturesque.

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