LJ friends and gifts. #36: Another trip to Scotland, brothers with different mothers

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-08-2018 11:15 AM 4887 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another trip to Scotland
Brothers with different mothers.

Hi LJ’s, just realized I never shared my last travel to Scotland, with you all.
As some of you know, Jamie and I are brothers with different mothers (and fathers), so yes to visit Jamie, his wife Shirley and all the wonderful people and friends, that lives in or visit the house, is me coming home – thank you.

It was so wonderful, to come back to Jamies wonderful house in Scotland – home.

Always a pleasure to get into the workshop, the smell of wood and the spirit of Jamie.
(As always, spend half a day, dealing with getting some floor space… ha ha).

Ohhh yes, here he is, the wonderful old son of a … angel?
Missed my dear brother, so good to see you and so good to be a part of the house for a while.
Here Jamie and I were working on a wee flooring for the prayer room, since they had a workshop coming up.
In fact this time the house were full of new faces, as always wonderful people, people who were real and meet others with an open heart, Jamie and Shirley have that effect on all of us.

Since the workbench from last had been swallowed, from tools, dirt, electronics and much more, I decided to clean a bench in the other end of the shop for my stay.
On the table you can see I started working on some new meditation stools, one for me and one for my sister, she now live in London.
Also when I came, a pack from E-bay had arrived, I had ordered a fine old hand saw, but what was much more interesting, is the wee dovetail saw on top, this one Jamie came into the shop and gave me. Another one of Jamies family tools, it has been his fathers – I don’t think I have to say I was proud and touched – Jamie you spoil me and trust me, I appreciate it more than you can imagine.
(I will make another post about the saws later).

Here the rough shape of the new meditation stools.
(I will make another post about these later).

Jamie and I had spoken before I came, about my lack of skills on the lathe and my relatively small know how on the chucks. I would love to get some tips and tricks on bowl turning.
So I was lucky he found time and energy, to give me a wee class and show me how he do things.
Started at the small lathe, with a dried piece of wood, where I could use the different jaws and holds.

First roughing out the outside, held by a wood screw chuck and making the base, that can be held in the jaws after.
(You can see Jamies in the back).

Outside shape finished up and the polished.
Notice the wonderful spalting in the wood.

Ready to hollow out, the small bowl were turned and now held by the dovetail jaws.
First step was to drill out the center and find out app. where the bottom of will be.
The rest is to hollow out and follow Jamies instructions.
(Not that I always listen, even I try hard). ;-)

Here it is, I have to say I was quite pleased – even made it a small lid, so it could be in family with a Japanese inspired bowl, I made a long time ago in Copenhagen.

Wonderful wood, I really enjoy the rings and were impressed with the friction polish Jamie had me use, this will be on my shelf from now.

Next step is a bigger bowl.
On the left you can see the one Jamie did as example and the wonderful pre dried wood he offered me.

Here he is, dear Jamie, chips flying, while I’m trying to notice every little movement and make notes.

My notes to all the learning. Press here for better resolution.
(So perhaps I did listen after all).

Also his homemade remounting jaws – they are really cool!
I used these later for my base, when it were to be finished.

Back on the lathe, roughing out.

Same as last one, just went with the flow and enjoyed my time.

Here the base finished up.

And the bowl and its wonderful texture and color.
Yes I was a happy monkey, this was my first bigger bowl. It now stands on the table in my kitchen, where I enjoy it every day.

Made a few training turnings.

Ohhh yes and a classic Scottish thistle, porridge spurtle.
A copy of one, Jamie made for my sister.

A few of my notes and thoughts, from my sketchbook.

Time to get outside.
This is the nature close to Jamie.

I packed a back pack and set of by foot, following a local river.
No plans, just food for a day or two and a smile on my lips.
(Ohhh yes and a GPS in case I got lost – smiles).
Honestly, it is some of the most beautiful landscape I have ever been walking.
More pictures to be seen here.

Close to evening I found a old left farm, where only animals lived now.
Two beautiful trees there, were the perfect place for the night.

So up came the hammock, a fire te get me warm since it were a cold night and then cooking some food and coffee on the Jetboil. Some good tobacco in the pipe and chocolate to go with the coffee, while watching the sun go down.

I was woken by the sun next morning, it was so beautiful, it almost took my breath away.

But did manage a wee more sleep before packing up and moving on.
What a hike, that will stay in my heart for as long as I live.

Back at Jamies house, I tried a wee band saw project.
Had seen these African plates in Jamies house.

Backside rough and simple.

Ohh yes and a few days later, I lived a dream I had, at the old abandoned factory.

Here on a wee drawing I made.

Here the little drawing.

I put up my hammock inside and slept there for the night, it was a cosy creepy feeling, lots of sounds from animals and the building, scary in a good way, when birds flew in through the window, when it was completely dark and the wings were flapping around the hammock.

Found time to convert some scraps into book page holders, just for the fun of it.

Yes and we had plenty of Jamies wonderful bread.
He got this new passion now, to bake these fantastic sour dough breads and trust me, it was a bread paradise, always curious what he had fresh baked.
Now he will be my bread Guru also!

I’ll end the blog here…
Since I did had the chance to make them all laugh, as I had bought a Scottish kilt and shirt, felt I had to make up for last time, when I wore those UK undies… In fact I liked wearing a dress, wonderful to get some fresh air… ;-D

Notes and thoughts from my travel book, I always do these impressions on my travels, when you have been drawing something, it stays in your mind forever. Press here for better resolution.
(So perhaps I did listen after all).

I tried this time to make it short this time, I have tons of pictures and memories, many of Jamies wonderful friends also, Shirley, the dogs and much more, but this is what you get.

Jamie and Shirley, thank you again, thank you for making me feel family and be a part of your lives.

Best of my thoughts from my heart,

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

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#1 posted 03-08-2018 12:32 PM

Looks like you had a wonderful time Mads. I hope Jamie and his family is well too. I love your sketches and watercolors, one of my favorite types of art. They look very professional and warm and have so much information packed into them at the same time. Glad you got to learn some turning skills and also managed to document them so well. Maybe you should write a book about how you have tackled life after forced retirement and include your travel adventures and artwork in it. It might be an inspiration to many others who are in a similar situation, but who haven’t discovered how to cope with their new existence.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 03-08-2018 02:16 PM

Great story and post Mads. I know you had a great time. I agree with Mike’s thoughts

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

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#3 posted 03-08-2018 02:23 PM

What a wonderful blog of your visit with Jamie. Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed every word and picture.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 03-08-2018 02:53 PM

Such a great story Mafe with wonderful drawings, wood and a bit of adventure. I was happy to see Jamie. I have missed his presence here on LumberJocks.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 03-08-2018 03:26 PM

Thank you, Mafe, for sharing this story of beautiful country, wonderful family and the sweetest of memories.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#6 posted 03-08-2018 06:53 PM

Plan to see Scotland/Ireland very soon, have walked past your old shop years ago, before I discovered L.J.s
Wish My shop has so neat:)

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 03-08-2018 07:49 PM

Great work and article. I wish I could have come along. Is that abondoned farm for sale?

-- James E McIntyre

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James E McIntyre

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#8 posted 03-08-2018 07:53 PM

Maybe the birds that flew around your hammock at night in the abandon factory were bats.

-- James E McIntyre

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#9 posted 03-08-2018 09:02 PM

Thanks Mads

-- "These are my principles. And if you don't like them, I have others." ... Cheers, David from Sydney Australia

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#10 posted 03-09-2018 01:12 AM

Sounds like a trip that was good for your soul.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 03-09-2018 09:11 PM

It was a wonderful visit, I think it was a busy house also. Seems like an age since. I sit smiling now such warm memories. So much has happened since, Ive built twelve new beds for the rooms.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#12 posted 03-27-2018 09:15 PM

Hi hi,
Jamie, dear Jamie, Thank you for having me, miss you all. Yes time got wings, here it also fly away these days. My heart is so full of memories and they keep me warm in the cold windy winter this year. Wooooou 12 beds… as long as I can sleep in MY room! Ha ha ha.
Dave, yes that sure was soul trippin…
Iceman, smiles. ;-)
James E, I was thinking the same and my hammock do look like a big bat, so perhaps they thought father was home. If the factory is for sale… for the right price I’m sure. Write Jamie if you are interested, he might know the owner.
Andre, what old shop? Yes Jamies shop is wonderful, but neat… Naaaaaa. Wellllll at times yes. :-D
Lew, love is to be shared, somehow I think that’s what life is all about. <3>t go there all the time… I think when the weather smiles again I will go. My sister lives in London now, so a combined tour in early summer… Hmmmm I have to look at tickets soon. ;-)
Mike, thank you for those kind words. I do love to draw and see if I can catch little moments of this life, once you draw or paint a moment, it stays in you. To do it, is also a way of giving the moment value. Sometimes I fall into despair, this new life I was forced into can at times be a challenge, but at the same time I feel so blessed. I can paint my own life, A clever doctor told me once, to see the days of pain like my work, this helped and I repeat his words in my head on tough days, On the good days I just remember to smile even more. Yes I am a lucky man. Thank you.
Best thoughts an a warm smile,

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

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#13 posted 02-14-2019 05:28 PM

I loved everything about this post. Your travel journal was amazing! I don’t know if you’ve ever seen this guys blog but he does the most amazing travel journals.

-- “If not for Roubo, the back of the U.S. nickle would be blank.” -Roy U.

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#14 posted 03-03-2019 01:35 AM

Hi TraditionallySpeakin,
Thank you. :-) These little books becomes a part of once life, after years of writing them.
No I did not know him but :-O wooouuuu!
Best thoughts,

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

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