LJ friends and gifts. #19: Visiting my friend Jamie in Scotland - the show must go on.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 07-20-2014 06:19 PM 3189 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Visiting my friend Jamie in Scotland
the show must go on

Days are flying on wings of joy here.
Tomorrow morning I am going back to Copenhagen, feel a wee bit sad, but also full of wonderful moments and a warm heart – looking forward to come home for three weeks of vacation with my sweet daughter Mathilde.

Nights have been bright and beautiful here.

Days in the workshop with Jamie and all the guys have brought many smiles and I have made a couple of meditation stools. Here the prototype behind and the collapsible version in front.

Also I worked on a version in ash, this one should be like the essence of my go on the minimalism.
(Will make a blog later).

Also I know there has been some rumors of me going out into the wild…
I did bring my foldable kayak to Scotland and succeeded to get a night out and a day on the Loch Doon.

And my hammock. ;-)
Here camp site.

Off I went to Loch Doon, what do you think of that view?
It was a dream for me to paddle Loch Doon since last year, where I walked down app. a quarter of the lake and set camp.

So to paddle it this year was a dream come through.

A wee bit of woodworking…
Made a small sail out of my rain coat and a branch, then the wind turned against me again.

All in all a long paddle, Loch Doon is app 7 miles (11,5km) long.
So I will guess I paddled 16 miles (25 km) that day.
Quite an achievement for a man retired due to a spinal neck operation (I will never do that again in one day).

Also had time to make a live edge mirror frame, a gift for Gordon (another friend of Jamies house and me here), will tell more about this also in a later blog.

Now this is Scotland.

In the middle of the Scottish landscape you find this.
Samye Ling, amazing place, wonderful people.
Sweet Rosslyn took Jamie and I up there for a day.

Jamie seemed to know them all and all were so happy to meet him.
(I can understand why, he is a special person with a grand heart).

I also meet Kali, she is an artist and do painting.
She is working on the amazing statue you see in the picture.

Had the joy of a wee look into the workshop there.
A really peaceful place, with a beautiful light.

Love that table saw.

Samye Ling is a place for reflection.

Could not stop thinking of the wood projects that could come from this tree!

Yesterday the sky opened up, and Scotland showed me it’s wet face, so it was time to play with wood and drink tea.
(Ok I admit I still go for the coffee).

So I could finish up my meditation stool projects.
Been a pleasure working on this in the house of Mr. Meditationstool Jamie.
So I made one for him also, ash, lightweight, shaped for comfort and beauty.
(This will be in another blog later, but here you get a picture of the results).

Jamies workbench.

My workbench while I was here.
(I am a spoiled child here in so many ways, Jamie and Shirley takes so good care of me and I feel like a son that has come home).

Tomorrow I will go back home, when I came I was a little out of balance, my mind is more at peace now, I have been meet with so much love, time for reflection, Shirleys good food, slobber and kisses from the dogs, hours of shaping wood, nice talks, tours in my kayak and so much more.
I will go home and have a heart full of impressions that will be settling in me for many months.

To wind up the tour, I have made a little game for you all.
Spot the difference.

Five things are missing in this picture. ;-)
Do not look in the comments before you have solved it.

Thank you to all that I meet in- and outside the house, most of you know who I mean, a special thanks to Rosslyn once again you touched my heart in many ways, Shirley for being you – wonderful you & Jamie for being my friend and your open arms and mind, our friendship means a lot to me in so many levels.

I have a wee tear in my eye writing this.
Since I hate goodbyes I will say, see you soon. ;-)

Another warm thought to all of you LJ’s here from me in Scotland,

Best thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 07-20-2014 06:31 PM


-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#2 posted 07-20-2014 06:32 PM

The first comment was my attempt at speechless. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#3 posted 07-20-2014 06:32 PM

The gold figure at the top, the bottom plane on the left , the router plane and blue thingy below it, and a brace on the upper right are gone. Sounds like you had a great time. I am looking forward to the opportunity to visit Scotland , Jamie, Ros, and the Jolly Rogues one day.

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

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#4 posted 07-20-2014 09:21 PM

Great blog Mads and super cool meditation stools. I love the designs and the build. Fantastic work! It seems that you had a wonderful stay there and the memories should keep you in a good frame of mind for a long time to come. Have a nice trip home and give Mathilde my best.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 07-20-2014 09:23 PM

Very nice trip you had., Mads.Jamie sounds like a very special person!!...............Jim

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

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#6 posted 07-20-2014 09:37 PM

wonderful mads, i cant imagine having to leave, yes goings and comings, the coming are always the best…what a trip , wonderful pictures that turn into your wonderful memories, look forward to hearing the rest…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 07-20-2014 10:05 PM

Looks like a gr8 time

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#8 posted 07-20-2014 11:08 PM

Great pics, I just want the sandpaper distribution area

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

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#9 posted 07-20-2014 11:52 PM

Thanks for including us on your trip. Although I have never been to Scotland, your photos have helped me see what I have been missing.

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

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#10 posted 07-21-2014 02:29 AM

I think that view is wonderful! Thank you for sharing your trip, Mads. As Grizz said: “look forward to hearing the rest…”

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 07-22-2014 03:43 PM

Looks like you had a great time. We have all enjoyed your vacation with you.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 07-23-2014 12:13 PM

Hi guy’s n’ girls,
John, ... ;-)
Ken, you got it! The thingy is a sharpening stone. I am sure you will love that visit, my heart beat is at a lover rate, but it is more warm.
Mike, thank you for the words on my stools, they are now here in my home and I smile when I look at them, will be used and loved for the years to come. Nice to be back with Mathilde also, she has redecorated her room since I came back, perhaps a architect to come. ;-)
Jim, yes Jamie is one of a kind and KIND with big letters, I am lucky to have such a friend in my life.
Grizz, I almost could not leave, I was so sad inside, it helped me though that Jamie also hate goodbyes, so I was not alone on the feeling. Now I am grateful and with a smile, all the memories will take months to digest and I will let it happen slowly inside me, while enjoying them again.
Roger Gr9 – that good…
Norman, smiles.
Lew, yes Scotland has a special feel to it, a touch with the basics, like a link to history are within the people and the landscape.
Candy, thanks, there might come a little more when I post the projects, I do have a handful of pictures and plenty with smiles and related.
Philip, Thank you for riding along, smiles.
Best thoughts,
Thank you for the kind comments.
Best thoughts,

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

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#13 posted 07-25-2014 03:14 PM

-- 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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#14 posted 07-25-2014 11:01 PM

LOL David.

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

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