History in the Craftsman's Hand
History in Craftsman's hand
Don’t think just because Louis Ho wears shorts and a tank top that he’s an ordinary artisan. You’ll never guess that in his spare time he uses his pen and a magnifying glass like a sleuth to trace and record some of Hong Kong’s forgotten history.
Louis Ho is the 4th generation owner of a shop that makes pulley block. To continue the family business, he came back to work in the shop after graduating secondary school. In 2000 Louis Ho who had lost interest in wood discovered a new purpose in life. He found in a book a picture of a street that was wrongly captioned. The street in Yaumati was where he grew up in so he knew it very well, and his father also confirmed that he was right. Since then he has believed that it is important to verify history, that he should be as meticulous in researching history as he is in doing his work. He went on to trace the history of his own shop and also that of the Red Brick House. His passion actually helped to preserve this historical building.
Even now he occasionally writes articles for newspapers, putting on record some of Hong Kong’s history that is rarely known.
Having been tracing Hong Kong’s history for over a decade, Louis Ho and his like-minded friends feel that history is the soul of a place, without a soul a place will just be a shell. If no one continues to dig up our history, Hong Kong’s past will slowly become a blur and eventually disappear from the minds of the next generation.