LJ friends and gifts. #17: Visit in the shop from Italy - Actually also France and Denmark...

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-11-2014 12:28 AM 31465 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Visit in the shop from Italy.
Actually also France and Denmark…
These days I have been a busy bee, life as such keeps me running and I had only little time to drop by LJ, so not to many comments from me those months.

First things first.

During the winter I had visits from two of my LJ friends, Ty kaerlighedsbamsen and David PaulsenbyHand .
They have both visited my shop more than once and even once together, but I forgot to take photos, sorry guys.
I also had the chance to visit Ty’s shop and meet his son, some lovely hours at his place, thank you.
It will not be the last you hear about these two guys, I will tell more at a later meeting and now just thank them for the visits and the good talks we have had, I know many more will come, thank you guys. ;-)

But this was why I wanted to write just now!
I was sitting on my bench in front of the shop, on the phone with a Romanian girl I know and was expecting to visit that afternoon. A well dressed guy stopped by the shop and stood there for quite a time, I’m used to people watching the shop, but I was thinking who is that guy, he just stands there in front of the shop… Then he gave a signal and left… Then right after a big rain came and I ran inside to work, but the phone rang again and now I was on with a friend, so when the guy came back I was again talking, but this time I hung up and said hello.
It was Pasquale, he is a Italian photographer, studied architecture and have a heart for the wood, so yes talk came easy and I so enjoyed his company. Yes we did talk tools and as with everyone visiting my shop, the hand tool wall was where we spend most the time, not hanging at it, but hanging out by it and time was flying like a jet plane all in all a wonderful time and when he left he just had the chance to say hello to my beautiful Romanian friend Mira, as she arrived at the same moment by chance.
Thank you Pasquale for a wonderful time, since I know you are staying for a while, I look forward to your next visit. ;-) There are still so much I never got to hear about, you have a friend here in Denmark now.

Last week I had a visit from France, it was Yves, he is a friend of a friend and now a friend of me.
He heard my old 1962 Vespa GL was not running, so he said he would come and make it!
So Yves arrived with his wonderful mood, we laughed, welded, did mechanics and yes, the old lady was running up and down the street in the evening. After we ate at a local restaurant, and enjoyed life.
Thank you Yves, it was a day I will remember and now the Vespa makes me smile when she is in front of the shop, will see you soon, look forward to sail your ship.

I also just learned that one of my ancestors was a pirate he was captured by the English and kept in prison on a British ship outside London for a year. Dam yes, I’m a pirate!
Here I tried to live my self into the role. ;-) Mad the pirate or Mad(s) Sparrow if you will.

It was a long Winter – ok not that long…
Just tough that the shop was Down and I was without shop for a long period.

But I got to bake some more breads, the sourdough are still alive and making wonderful breads.

I also started training on making wood cuts, first in lino and making the tools for it, more will come.
Here first shot in colors.

The winter also gave time for nude model clay croquis, it is so rewarding and I feel that I start to make progress this year.

Got a new folding kayak, that I will bring when I go again this summer to visit my friend Jamie in Scotland.
I look so much forward to see them all up there and this time to not just walk the loch Doon, but even to sail on it.

I had a computer brake down, several blogs were lost and a load of pictures taken since my last backup in January were lost… The hard drive say funny sounds and I can’t get to access it, even in a external docking station.
This was a hard punch, but at the end of the day, it’s just data and not life, so I left it behind me now.
I wrote some poetry and a chapter on a book that are now lost, this is the worst.
Glad I did have a backup even it was old.

So news from the shop.

I have been quite a lot there, but did only little woodworking.
Used it for many other things as it is supposed to be my studio, but also for a place to sleep after nights in town.
Yes life as single makes you sometimes see the sun rise before you go to bed. ;-)

This is my bench these days, working on a secret project, that I will share in a few weeks, yes my wonderful daughter are having her confirmation so it might have to do with that. ;-)
I put quite a few hours into that project and have enjoyed this time to the max.

4 May it was the Danish liberation day from the great war and I went to the memorial to send thoughts to my American and English friends – thanks for the freedom I live now.

A warm thought and thank you for the visits,

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

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#1 posted 05-11-2014 01:01 AM

many good things your way mads
good to hear from you

many friends and new skills
is that mira sitting in the chair
she looks a little thin
(always thought romanians were more wholesome)

have a great spring
my best to you and mathilde

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-11-2014 01:06 AM

Thanks David, I was thinking about you today. Had you in my thoughts often while working lately.
Hope life is sweet to you and that health a good. Will check your blog now to see if there are more news on the shop.
I will send Mathilda your love.
All my best thoughts,

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

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#3 posted 05-11-2014 02:43 AM

G’day, my friend! I’m glad to see you are happy and getting to visit with so many interesting people and LJ’s. This site is just fantastic for getting woodworkers together. I met 2 personally this winter too.
I can’t wait to see your secret project. Say hi to Mira for me and congratulations to Mathilde on her confirmation!!

Have a great weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!............Jim

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

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#4 posted 05-11-2014 04:11 AM

I’m not sure, but I think you are having too much fun. Be careful, overdoses on fun are addictive ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 05-11-2014 04:49 AM

Mad(s) Sparrow has a certain ring to it! Thank you for sharing your visits and adventures!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 05-11-2014 07:53 AM

I 2nd Topamax!
It was a pleasure having you here as well. Sleeping in the shop realy looks classy- think ill try that this summer. Looking forward to see the end result of Mathildes gift!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#7 posted 05-11-2014 11:02 AM

Must say you have quite an eclectic mix on view in your shop.
Coupla Lucian Freuds on the wall for your pension fund, oh lucky man.
Sourdough bread mmmmmm,
I do miss my German friend Constance and her lovely bread.

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#8 posted 05-11-2014 11:11 AM

Good times :) Congrats to Mathilde!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#9 posted 05-11-2014 12:13 PM

I’m glad you are living the good life and using a lot of time on art related projects Mads. A very positive way to spend your time, and even better that you are getting lots of visits from woodworking friends and female friends. Give Hilda my congratulations on her confirmation. My grandson Vidar was confirmed last weekend and he is spending this weekend with us while his parents are away attending the confirmation of a friends daughter. I’m sure Vidar is pretty bored being around us old folks, but he is a nice boy and doesn’t show it. We are feeding him well to make up for the lack of excitement. I’m looking forward to you forthcoming post on your secret project.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 05-11-2014 12:34 PM

Many and Merry Meetings Mafe!
Sounds like you’re riding a wave of Up Times, Enjoy and Savor them my Friend!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#11 posted 05-11-2014 02:02 PM

You are blessed with so many friends and a wonderful family. I always look forward to being permitted a peek into how you are doing.

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

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#12 posted 05-11-2014 04:29 PM

Well Mads a great update
I thought we would have had to make one when you arrived :)
“Secret Project” I’m intrigued


-- 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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#13 posted 05-11-2014 05:43 PM

Thank you Mads for your hospitality. I really appreciated it and enjoyed the time spent in your shop. It was a bit like witnessing something you’ve always cherished and draw inspiration from come alive altogether. Although I haven’t posted a single project on LJ so far this does not mean I’m a lazy bastard.. just too shy maybe to show my humble projects to the world. Having said that, you made me realize that it’s not about the things you do but the degree of joy you derive from it that counts.

Thank you Mads and i look forward to see you soon


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#14 posted 05-12-2014 01:22 AM

Always enjoy seeing what your up to. Take care buddy

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 05-12-2014 04:13 AM

I always enjoy seeing what you’re up to Mads. Lovely to see more LJs visiting your shop. I bet they were blown away. I will always treasure the memory of my visits to your old workshop and the fact that I got to see all your wonderful old tools first hand. Stay well me friend.

-- 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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