Coconut and chirava (coconut scraper) are inseparable as coconut and malayali. For Keralites, a curry or a delicacy is not complete without coconut being part of it in one form or other.
The above photo is the one my daughter sent.
Another photo sent by my daughter...
The above photo is borrowed from travelblog.org
The chirava of yesteryear's used to be made by integrating a large block of shaped wood and the 'chiravanaakku' (the teeth of the coconut scraper) made of toughened steel. The comfort with which one sits on the bar of the scrapper with the bent knees and scraps out the 'parippu' (coconut) from the hard shell within a minute is beyond words. Added attraction is that, sitting on the chirava with bent knees provides valuable exercise and keeps the knees flexibe. (It is seems to be a fashion nowadays to separate exercise and kitchen work which compels one to find time for both).