The old time woodshop journals #43: Across the Seas of Woodcraft!

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Blog entry by jjw5858 posted 05-01-2013 07:55 PM 1736 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was a very fortunate woodworker this week to receive correspondence from a special friend. Of course it is MADS!

Mads for the few who may be unaware of his positive presence on lumberjocks is a fantastic woodworker, designer, and all around spiritual character. Basically he makes the entire experience of sharing on Lumberjocks all the more interesting and fun.

As I opened the envelope there before me was a wonderful letter full of good things. A handmade Origami Crane…wow, I love it.


Then an exercise from the master himself asking me to perhaps give it a try. He even supplied some papers for making one!

Well….I carved a little Swan made of Sassafras to share the spirit of the game…lol. I have to learn some Origami and look forward to it!


Then this wonderful crafted strop for my carving knives….it is my favorite! I love the stamp and the color of the wood. Mads has this wonderful style of good taste, solid design, and flow to his ideas….bravo!



Mads, Iet me say that I don’t think your timing could have been any better for the arrival of this letter. Times in our world are so crazy right now, so much and too much violence and sad news on most things these days. Getting this letter was a wonderful example of the positive connection of crafts people. A strong life line of sharing where people from separate countries can connect with the things we hold close to our hearts. For all of us on here….it is the love of crafting with wood, making things, taking a hand plane and creating endless shavings that lead to our desired output.

I feel really blessed to receive what I like to think of as an affirmation of good will and the spirit of woodcraft.

Once I was at my carving log, spoon making tote, hatchet, knives, and my trusty new strop I sure went to task and created with joy.

I thank all of you for your participation, inspiration and positive support in my projects. This is a great social network of people sharing the sawdust and shaving the grain.

Most of all, I thank you Mads for a terrific letter and gift.

I hope you may read this blog in the best of spirits and know that your letter for me was a great inspiration to continue to learn more!

All the best to you and yours my friends,


-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#1 posted 05-01-2013 07:59 PM

Nice present from a very nice guy.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#2 posted 05-01-2013 08:17 PM

Wonderfully uplifting to see this! Thanks for sharing with us Joe and thanks to Mads for being such a positive and supportive person. :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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Monte Pittman

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#3 posted 05-01-2013 11:41 PM

Both of you are special people

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 05-02-2013 04:24 AM

There are no boundries in friendship and craftsmanship; we are brothers and sisters in the joy of woodworking.

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#5 posted 05-03-2013 08:55 AM

Hi Joe,
I have a big smile on my lips and a little tear of joy in my heart, thank you.
Could not agree more, the world now is an inferno, and I believe the only way to stop this is to go against the stream, to spread love and good thoughts. My personal image is that if we spread rings of good energy, like rings on the water, these rings will spread and bump into others, in this way some time sooner or later we will be hit by rings our self, perhaps not the once we send, perhaps not from the once we send them for, but we will be meet by good energy and we will be in this vibrant water of love and kindness.
I am so touched that you carved this little swan to keep it company.
Always proud to be your friend.
Best of my thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 05-04-2013 12:25 PM

This should be how the world revolves.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#7 posted 05-06-2013 07:05 PM

Pretty cool Mads, and I do believe you have created lots of waves of good energy. I know a few of the ripples have hit me indirectly and it has inspired me to do the same. Way to go man!

Joe, I love the carved swan! Very nice.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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