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This term used to mean the action of digging log so as one wood or log may be stacked into it without living a space, especially for the base log which called Utako


This term used to mean something has tilted in another side, this is caused by mistake in measurement that lead to imbalance between two sides, and mostly this term used to mean imbalance between two side of dhow when it is in the water.


This term used to mean that, there is a slight tilt in wood or log edge which has been curved intentionally, normally it happen when there is a curve shape where another wood come to maitanin the shape

Kerezo (not device for making local drill)

(This pronounced as /kӕrezͻ/ as you pronounce the country name Kenya for the first letter. This term used to mean that, there is something especially gap in the axe sharp and it is revealed during curving logs, instead for a log which is curved to be smooth it happen to have a small lines and it (kerezo) may happen can’t be seen it by your eyes but the engineer knows it.

Njia za maji (Water holes)

This term used to mean a space which is left intentionally water to pass through, this only put in the ribs (Taruma) for those which laid horizontally across a dhow in the center.

Kuulia taruma

This term used to mean removal of sharpness in the edge of the wood or log (Taruma) so as to reduce the possibility of harming your hands during the process.


The term used to mean curving the whole dhow for the purpose of smoothing it as it was different thick (in woods) during building hence it keep dhow in the same level and smooth when you touch it.

Kutia Kacha

The term used to mean putting two nails (local one special for dhow) in the same place for the purposes of holding wood or other tool.


This term used to mean, wood has the behavior of allowing water pass in the boat when it has not soak, so water is filled in the dhow before sent to the sea in order to see where is the mistake and possibility of passing water , Kushirabu is performed by putting some water in the dhow for certain time and boat builder used to inspect place which is not well fixed.


This term used to mean putting cotton which is mixed with coconut oil in between woods or leakage places so as to stop water going through them to the dhow.

Kuvutia Msumeno

This term used to mean that, to pass Msumeno wa kuvutia nyuma (the local saw) between woods during binding it in the dhow, the purpose of making this is to keep two woods tight each other without leaving a space.


This term used to mean that one alread made taruma (ribs) put on the unmade one as a measurement, this is special for the ribs which is used in opposite side of the other and there is no need to used Cheo (use search engine to know more about Cheo).

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