Wooden Firkhi Making:
Firkhi is cylindrical shape roll, which is attached with handles on either side of the end to hold it. The kite thread is rolled on this firkhi. The firkhi is either made of wood or of plastic. The wooden firkhi’s are made of three types’ of wood:
• Mango tree wood,
• Neem tree wood and
• Babul tree wood.
These woods are purchased from nearby villages. The parts of the firkhi are made separately and joined. The side caps of the firkhi and the handle is made of wood, whereas the middle roll where the kite thread is spun is made up of cardboard rolls.
The wood is cut into required shape with a cutting machine. The caps are shaped in disc form. The wooden discs are attached to the turning machine to smoothen the disc surface using sandpaper. After the parts of the firkhi are made, they are checked for cracks, if found the cracks are filled with the mixture of sand husk, adhesive and wood shade color powder. Company’s name is screen printed on the wooden discs. Cardboard roll edges are dipped in adhesive and fixed to the wooden discs.
Coat of vibrant color paint is applied on the firkhi handle to make them look attractive. Wooden firkhi’s are made only on demand, as they are expensive compare to plastic ones, which are extremely used.