Gift from Denmark

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Blog entry by madts posted 04-18-2017 05:02 PM 1469 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yesterday I received an interesting little package from Denmark. It was from Mads, a LJ friend and also a personal friend.
Last year I was in Denmark to put my Dad to rest. He was 92 and ready to go to Valhalla. My dad was a pipe smoker, I gave it up many years ago, and knowing that Mads was a pipe smoker I gave my dads pipes to him.

The package.

The Stem.

The Bowl.

The bowl with the lint.

Bowl showing the tobacco.

Inside the package I found one of my Dads old pipes transformed into a fire starter.
The pipe body has a knife inserted into it. The stem has the fire stick glue in. In the bowl of the pipe is some lint to use as kindling. This lint was covering some of my Dads tobacco. I recognized the smell.

I have tried it and it shoots sparks all over the place.

Also inside the package was a note from Mads, written in his typical architecual hand writing. Translation to follow:

Hi Thomas:
Here is a fire starter in remembrance of you Dad.
In the mouthpiece is the fire steel. In the pipe a knife to scrape the the steel with and some lint as a starter.
Last but not least, some of your dads tobacco just so that the smell will bring back memories.

Regards Mads.

To me this just blew me away.

All I can say right now is wow.

Thank you Mads for the wonderful gift. It will always remind me of my dad.

By the way my name is Thomas but nickname ,growing up in Denmark, was Mads. Sorry for the confusion.


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#1 posted 04-18-2017 07:30 PM

Wow, what an awesome friend to have and a wonderful sentiment, thanks for sharing it

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#2 posted 04-18-2017 07:43 PM

Very cool…

The smell of pipe tobacco brings back fond memories to me as well.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#3 posted 04-18-2017 10:30 PM

That is the type of friend and friendship one can appreciate .
A very thoughtful gift Mads created .
Be well both of you !


-- Kiefer

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#4 posted 04-18-2017 11:47 PM


-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#5 posted 04-19-2017 12:50 AM

That is a cool gift. I think smells are one of the most powerful triggers for memory. I found a recipe for cutout cookies in my Grandmother’s handwriting . Each Christmas when I make a batch, the second the oven door opens I am transported back to her kitchen and the memories come rushing back. Enjoy.

-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#6 posted 04-19-2017 09:22 PM

Hi Thomas,
It is sad your father was put to rest, but wonderful how your father in this way can keep on making a difference and have touched our souls in a good way.
So happy the pack arrived, was a wee afraid since I did not send it signed for.
Yes even we are living so fare from each other a friendship and real life meetings have come to life and I am sure it will be like that in the future, thanks.
(It is also a fine igniter for gas burners, I use mine on hikes).
Best of my thoughts my friend,

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

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#7 posted 04-19-2017 10:08 PM

Awesome friend.

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#8 posted 04-21-2017 12:22 AM

Wonderful way to remember

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 07-07-2019 12:24 AM

Not sure how I missed this posting, but I’m glad that I found it today.
Very thoughtful of Mads to create and send you such a wonderful reminder of your Dad, and useful too.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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