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Blog entry by Schwieb posted 07-04-2012 02:30 PM 2679 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think this is where “wood gloat” entries are supposed to go, instead of projects. I received a little while back a package from my young LJ friend Thomas (Sodabowski). I’ve had to keep this under wraps because it was related to a project I was making for my daughter’s wedding on June 23rd. She often follows my posts on LJs and I didn’t want her to get wind of it.

The idea was to make a couple of things as keepsakes, that wove her heritage symbolically through wood into the projects. Both of her grandfathers were woodworkers and I had gathered some wood that had belonged to them but her maternal grandmother came from Northern France and I wanted to tie that in somehow. Thomas to the rescue: I contacted him and explained the objective and he was so nice to offer to send some pieces of French wood he had collected.

Enclosed was a piece of French boxwood, a spalted beech medallion he had made, a piece of plum burl, and some of his special green stained beech, along with some shavings for good measure.

It was getting late into the time I had to work on this so now came the problem of trying to work this in to what I was planning to make for her. You’ll have to stay tuned for further updates.

For now, I wanted to thank Thomas from the bottom of my heart for helping me with my crazy idea. I plan to return the favor soon.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 02:35 PM

very nice story.

looking forward to how this progress

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 02:42 PM

That is why I like this site.

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 02:50 PM

Doc, Great story!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 02:51 PM

Nice…we’ll be waiting.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 03:56 PM

I like your way of thinking Ken. I know your daughter will cherish it. I hope the wedding went well and congratulations to yourself and all concerned.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 05:58 PM

The technical components of a build (no matter the size) are interesting, but the stories behind the build that serve as its inspiration are what captures our (my) interest. When you post the build for your daughter’s wedding, a picture of her with it would be appreciated.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 07:00 PM

That is a wonderful start to the story.
Thomas is a good guy with a big heart, this I have seen in person.
And you Ken will have a family piece with roods in France.
Thank you for sharing this with us, looks forward to follow.
Thomas you are the best!
Smiles from Mads.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 07-05-2012 10:41 AM


Can’t wait to see what these have become!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 07-05-2012 06:24 PM

That was very kind of Thomas.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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