LJ friends and gifts. #41: Amazing wood carving

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Blog entry by mafe posted 11-17-2020 11:39 PM 533 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Amazing wood carving
gift from a dear friend

A gift that needed a proper post, in my gift from friend blog series.
(Don’t really know why I did not post it here in the first place).

This summer my dear friend Andy (LJ Brit), were supposed to come and visit me in Copenhagen, we had a plan about spending time in my workshop and take a road trip to my allotment house also, but Covid-19 stopped our plans for now. I’m hoping the vaccines will soon make it possible to travel again, might even be the upcoming summer, if I’m lucky. Smiles.

But Andy had a wee surprise up his sleve… a gift he had planned to bring, but the postman delivered instead.

As everything with Andy, every detail is thought out, so the joy started when unpacking.
My God I laughed.
Then I went to find a screwdriver…

Look at what comes out of the wonderful pack.
Notice how well packed this is?

How can you not love Andy?

And yes he can always make one laugh.

Here you see it, the amazing carving.
I smile each time I look at it and send a thought to Andy and all the hares that are running around on the fields and sometimes even in my garden here.

Look at that level of detail, honestly Andy, I feel sure I could never be that patient, you are not only skilled, but also have an amazing patience and will.

Just wauuuu.

Andy wrote this about the carving:
The Three Hares is an ancient symbol that has been found in old architecture (mainly religious) in England, France, Germany, Italy, Iran, China and nobody really knows where it originated and how it came to appear in such diverse locations. You can Google it if you want to look into the design further. It is basically an optical illusion whereby there are three hares and there are three ears, yet each hare appears to have two ears.

It’s hanging in my allotment, over the dinner table, so I have enjoyed it every day this summer.
It was my plan to take it home for the winter, but it felt wrong, it was like it had become a part of the house, so I look forward to see it, once a month in the weekends when I will come there during the winter, to check on the house.

As you can see here Andy, it has become a part of my every day summer life.

Dear Andy, I have said it a few times, but I will like to say it again, I am so touched, that you choose to give me this first carving, I am grateful for every moment you put into it, but even more for your generosity.
A big warm smile, look forward to when we can meet up again.
(I’m a wee jealous on that plane you send me a picture of the other day – what a beauty).

You can read more about the carving and Andys work here on his post:

Best of my thoughts from my heart,

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

7 comments so far

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 11-18-2020 12:11 AM

That’s a great gift, Mads! I saw Andy’s original post about it, but seeing it again through your eyes was as if it was all new again. Thanks for sharing!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 11-18-2020 12:32 AM

WOW, what a great gift. Mads, you are truly appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 11-18-2020 01:17 AM

What a beautiful gift. Fascinated how the 3 hares all appear to have two ears each. The spiritof LJ’s lives on.
Hope you guys get the chance soon to meet up.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#4 posted 11-18-2020 10:35 AM

You’re most welcome Mads. When I get some time I’m going to make another one to hang in my workshop as I like the design also.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 11-19-2020 01:51 AM

That looks so wonderful there on the wall! It sure is wonderful to have friends like Andy.

BTW, your pictures are still not displaying in Chrome browser??

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

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#6 posted 11-20-2020 12:22 AM

Cricket writes: It sounds browser or mobile related. Are you double-checking the file extensions are not something unusual like what happens sometimes with iPhones?
I don’t have a Iphone and pictures are JPG, so does anyone have a guess what happens?

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

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#7 posted 11-20-2020 12:40 AM

Hi guys,
Dave, I feel it’s new each time I look at it. Such a joy. Thanks.
Jim, I feel overly lucky and even spoiled, think Andy are quite a person, to give away this first and amazing caving.
doubleDD, yes those ears can keep your eyes in focus, every detail there tend to do that to me. Smiles.
Andy, Thank you from my heart, I will love the idea, that we both have one hanging, but I will spare you for me making the other, laugh. It’s beautiful. All I can say now is vaccine… Look forward to hang out and perhaps one day come and visit your workshop. Smiles.
Lew, yes I’m a spoiled man, lucky to have such generous friends, even when I go to the kitchen they are there, thinking of you every time I bake. Big smile.
(Picture problems… I don’t understand). What happened to your pictures on the pin blog: ?
Thank you for the comments, wish you all, all the best,

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

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