Blas Sbal, Storyboard Master Carver and Artisan
Rich in tradition, the Palauan Storyboards are true works of art. And Jeff's Pirates Cove Treasure Island Gift Shop is fortunate to have their storyboards carved by a true Palauan Master Carver, Blas Sbal. Blas Sbal is also the son of a master storyboard carver.
Storyboards are indigenous to Palau and the architectural parents of these storyboards are the carved beams and gables of the Bai, the traditional Palauan men's clubhouse. These carvings depicted their legends and other stories about their gods and heros, about love, childbirth, truth, betrayal, and even death.
You can find a lot of these stories in the document titled, "The Folktales of Micronesia".
The storyboards have also been influenced by the various occupiers of Palau such as the Spanish since the 1500s, the Germans in the late 1800s to early 1900s, the Japanese since 1914 until the United States seized control during WWII.
Most of us would be quite surprised to learn not only that storyboards are a relatively new creation but also that storyboards were introduced by a Japanese artist and anthropologists, Hisakatsu Hijikata, who came to Palau in 1929 when the region was under Japanese administration.
Here is a link to a detailed history of the storyboards.
The storyboards themselves can be made from several hardwoods that are grown on Palau. The finest storyboards are made from ironwood, or dort as it is known in the Palauan language. This is the preferred kind of wood as it is both strong and long lasting.
Here are other Palauan Master Storyboard Carvers; Osiik, Ngirabuuch, Sbal, Bernadino, Baris and Ruimd.
Here are othe works of Blas Sbal......
The Legend of the Fish Bearing Tree of Ngibtal
The piece is not an authentic Sbal unless you see this carved signature.
When you purchase one of these works of art, you are not taking home just another piece of art but a part of history of one of the most beautiful islands in the world......Palau.
So stop on by the Treasure Island Gift Shop this week and check out these storyboards. You'll be glad you did.
We are located at Jeff's Pirates Cove in the awesome southern village of Ipan, Talofofo. Hurry now....
The Pirate awaits you.....