Coffee ceremony shrine #4: Detour, sewing stuff sacks and making a leather strap for the canteen.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-03-2020 11:43 PM 1607 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Coffee ceremony shrine for a Svea 123r camp stove
Detour, sewing stuff sacks and making a leather strap for the canteen.

Part four is a detour…, because I will not work on the shrine here, but just show some sewing of some stuff sacks and leather work, for a WW2 water canteen and that are a part of the set.
So run away, if you only want to see wood working, it will continue in next part, where I will make the finish on the shrine.

Sewing machine is a part of my workshop, I have sewn quite a lot of hiking gear and actually enjoy this discipline too.

Yes, my workbench is a mess, I always keep the last shavings I made, just for the joy of it and also people will always go there and touch them.
(A fellow LJ thought I put them there for the photos, I could do that, but no, I take the photos there, because of the warm light, nice background and the shavings).

Here are the shrine after the lye treatment, before sanding and lacquer, so this is actually where the wood part is now.
Next to it, is my sewing box…

Ain’t that the coolest sewing box ever!
A tool box for threads!

Ok let’s get serious.
Fist some fabric is cut out of an old discarded tent.
Went for the yellow as I felt it had a vintage feel to it and will be a fine contrast to the shrine.

I always start with a sketch.
If some one wants the recipe to sew these sacks I can share a link.

Cut to size.

Sewing a rolled hem, for the string.

Next to the sewing machine, you can see the Svea123r stove and the pot set, that I will sew these stuff sacks for.

After the rest of the sewing, strings and closure are attached.

One fit into the other, this will protect the pot and the box, but also if I want to use the set for hiking, I can leave the box at home.

One inside the other.

Finally into the box.
That’s it for the sacks.

Yes I am a messy man. ;-)

Now let’s do some leather work.
Cut some strips.

Shape and hole.
Here you see the WW2 drinking canteen (I’m not sure about the nationality, but think it’s Bulgarian).


Grease it up baby.

Burnish edges.

Ohhh I forgot to say, today was a beautiful sunny day, first one in a long time here in Copenhagen. It helps with the smile, I have been fighting with a depression here, the last couple of months, so the sun is a dear guest.

My brand added.

A small Dynema cord, for the cap.

Backside of the canteen.

Lid wound get lost now.

I think that’s a proper water canister for the shrine, I could not make my self bring one of plastic.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, even it was a wee detour…

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 03-04-2020 12:13 AM

You are a man of many talents, Mads!

Love that old canteen.

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

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#2 posted 03-04-2020 01:04 AM

god you suck mads,i mean that in a lumber jocks way of course.what cant you do,woodworking,black smithing, leather work and now never fail to impress and make my day my friend.( a very big smile)

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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Dave Polaschek

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#3 posted 03-04-2020 03:16 AM

Nice! What is the tool you use for edging the leather? And for burnishing, what kind of wheel is on your drill press? Also, that is a very nice sewing box.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 03-04-2020 02:08 PM

I appreciate how much thought goes into each aspect of whatever it is that you make. Sign of a true craftsmen. I’m inspired. May there be many sunny, happy days for you.

-- Doug

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Rob Drown

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#5 posted 03-04-2020 04:01 PM

You even have a fascinating way of photographing your superior craftsman ship. You are very cool!!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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James E McIntyre

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#6 posted 03-04-2020 11:25 PM

Nice work MaFe. Didn’t know you were sad. The sun will shine on you and your shrine again my friend.

-- James E McIntyre

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#7 posted 03-06-2020 03:03 PM

Hi my dear friends here.
You guys really touch my heart here, thank you for those fine words.
Sometimes I feel it’s a curse, to be interested in so many things and to jump into them all. But I can’t help it, I have a strong curiosity for learning and solve things, so usually new skills comes out of need and desire. If you want to be really good at something, then you need to dedicate your time to that… so I might never become a true master of any trade, but perhaps the guy who makes them melt together, at least that’s how I see it.
At the end I don’t know how to different, that’s who I am.

Yes I’m fighting a strong depression this winter, one of the reasons why you see me on and off, had to reach for help and are slowly getting better, but it’s a tough one… In times like that, it’s a blessing to be able to use the hands, to do something, where we step out of our heads and into the hands, it has helped me a lot. At first just to go to the workshop to sit and relax and slowly day by day do more and more. It was one of the reasons I put so much effort into this shrine project, to do something where I use my senses and wake them all up again.

Lew, smiles, Jack of all trades… I also fell in love with that old canteen, it’s some how welcoming. Thank you.
Pottz, laugh big time! Thank you, need that. I’m curious and stubborn. Smiles back.
Dave P, it’s a nylon wheel, but you can make one of hardwood, it will work just as fine. I also turned a stick with grooves in hard wood, for edging free hand, it also works fine. I bought the old sewing box all the way from England, completely fell for it, it reminds me of the first computers, in a funny charming way. Thanks.
Doug, Big smile thank you, yes we need happy days, especially when we hear a black dog barking. Just spend a couple of days in nature, it helps a little also. In a ironic way the depression, can help one find the way back to the path and this search for the nerve and thought.
Rob D, Thank you Rob, I like to take the pictures, it has become a part of my routine, problems with light, as it is different all over the workshop, but I fix that in a simple photo program. I hope to show the soul of what I’m doing, more than a how to or a glamour shot… Big smile.
James, E M, yes it always does, thank you for your kind thought, I really appreciate it.

I’m not sad, depression is more about loosing the faith in life, to suddenly not be able to see the meaning. Even though I rationally can say; but Mads you have people who love you, you have a good life, you love and create, you are blessed – then the brain just stays black and it’s like the path we usually walk, the motor that just drives us, without we even think about it, has come to a hold. I’m getting better now, it has been provoked from my chronic pain and stress from life, so I try now to just focus on making the path visible again and the motor slowly runs up in speed.

Thank you all for making me feel ok to be honest, it’s the reason I have stayed on LJ for so many years, this feeling of friendship.

Best thoughts,

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

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#8 posted 03-06-2020 04:30 PM

very sorry too here you going through this,ive had times of depression and it’s a horrible feeling.i always love your stories and the journies you take us on,it always makes my day.i wish i could give that to you, but know my friend that there are many her that keep you in their heart.with spring will come a rebirth and i hope the same for you.stay strong buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#9 posted 03-07-2020 03:42 AM

Sorry that the black dog visits, Mads. My neighbor has a large, very friendly golden retriever, who is a very cheerful boy, and always helps chase the black dog away. Perhaps you can find a similar guardian. I hope so.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#10 posted 03-08-2020 07:24 PM

Hi Potts, thank you for this kind thought, yes it’s a tough one, but spring will arrive in my heart again as you say. Thank you for being honest and open about it, the feeling of not being alone with this is really helpful, as it is a tabu subject. (Why I also talk open about it).

Dave that was a nice image, I used to have black labrador docks as a child, I’ll try to give that image to the black dog, it will make it look more friendly, thank you.

Best of my thoughts guys,

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

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