In his small shop full of old and primitive tools and tradition pieces, the 60–year–old Ahmad Dershoy repairs shoes and housewares in the town of Derik (Malikiya), in the far northeast of Syria.
Ahmad Dershoy, known as "Abu Shivan" (the shoemaker), who carries the needle and thread to master the sewing of the shoes in his hands, and as soon as he finishes, he carries a knife or a pair of scissors to complete his job, for free.
In each corner of his store, there's folk pieces scattered here and there which date back to many years in history, as that makes him feel comfortable giving him the power to practice his profession which he has loved for years, to distribute this love to those around him, according to what Abu Shivan told North-Press.
"I love folklore so much and I have put some traditional pieces in my shop because I feel comfortable with them," he said. "I love all the people and especially the people of Derik," he added.
Despite his mastery of his profession, he did not take it from anyone, but rather, with a personal effort and talent that God gifted it to him, so he was entitled to it, saying: "No one taught me but I did it on my own," he ended his speech saying: "God Almighty gave me reason, and enabled me to do my work and I'm grateful for that."
He is used to receive people in his shop from all the neighborhoods of his town and the countryside, how not, and he is good at his work. Awniya Ahmad (one of his clients) from Khan al-Jabal village in Derik countryside said to North-Press, that she was used to come to the store to fix her housewares, such as, scissors, knifes and pot covers or the oven. "He works very well, not to mention that being kind and always talks to us about heritage and history," Awniya Ahmad said.
The sound of Abu Shivan's hammer, as he likes to be called, remains above all other sounds, as the thread in his hand keeps weaving tales that will be told for the coming generations.