LJ friends and gifts. #23: Hurraaaaa for me... 5 years and 10.000 posts - thank you all.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 03-26-2015 12:42 AM 3083 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hurraaaaa for me… 5 years and 10.000 posts
thank you all.

Before I get started I will post a couple of visits in the shop, this because my journey in woodworking stated out with me as a retired architect, looking for a hobby, trying to put life into an old dream of making furniture, ending up becoming a adventure of learning, meeting new people, online and in life, finding out that noting can’t be done, but the to do list grows the more we learn and do.
But yes at the end what I want to celebrate are friendships and the joy of sharing with others what we learn and do, for me this has become the essence, furniture… we will see, I don’t care what I make as long as I smile and forget who I am and where I am as I enjoy what I am doing.

This is two wonderful men I know, a former colleague from my teaching constructing architects days Ib and the local tattoo miracle maker David. The guy on the left with the cap has been here so long I don’t remember his name now, don’t even remember if he was a LJ member…

Here we have Yves, French, soft heart for quality and magic fingers when it comes to Vespa scooters.
Why did I chose these guys? Because that was when I remembered to take pictures, I had so many visitors in the shop, from all over the world these last five years, that the blog would not be possible to do.
I am grateful for each and everyone who let their path cross the shop, these moments are priceless in my life.
Also I have visitors on the posts and blogs, sometimes new people I never heard of even they been on LJ for years, but since I started we have come from 1000 as I remember to 100.000 members, so I even gave up on the friends list.
A special thanks to those of you that are so often leaving a word on the posts or blogs I make, it is kind of like family now, I feel so lucky and sometimes even embarrassed that I don’t find the time to be as kind as I wish I could be to answer all back and look at every ones posts and blogs, but I simply don’t have the hours, if there shall be time for woodworking also. At this moment I have 991 unopened notifications in my in box from LJ… Once in a while I take a round and other times I simply have to just delete all to be fair to me and the bunch.
For those who don’t know me, here are my story:

Today I realized that I have made more then 10.000 post in my more than five years here, so I guess I really don’t need to blame my self.

A status in numbers:
245 projects.
257 blogs.
23 reviews.
51 forum topics.
And even more interesting 280 favorites.

Most visited post is my version of the kerfmaker, ironically since I almost never use it, but I agree there are some magic in that tool concept. Total visits more than 29.000… If someone had told me that five years ago when I bought my first tools and set of, I would have laughed my ass of, and said: that will be the day it’s raining frogs…

For the blogs my own favorites are the Japanese series and I just saw one of them had more than 30.000 visits and the total of visits are more than 250.000 on those 25 blogs, that’s close to making me believe that my passion must have shined through and that I am not alone in my admiration for the Japanese way of seeing life and woodworking. The blog about kannas (Japanese handplanes) have even been translated into Russian, that for me was also a thing that made me smile, How on earth can this little monkey from Denmark playing, reading, asking, looking up online, make a blog where all I do is gather this information others have taught me and it can become interesting even in Russia, to me that is never really to cope with, but I feel grateful.

But all this is just numbers, what really matters here are what drives us, passion, the joy of learning, of showing others what we have learned, trying to make our own versions of countless projects, trying to see in a new way, trying to create from what we have, recycle, upcycle, to do lists that don’t need to be done, tools that we need and that we can’t live without even we few years ago never heard of them, getting help when stocked or curious, a kind word when we are down or feel what we have done are not good enough, the fact that no one ever talks down to each other, that we can share each others joy, that we can be the same happy for someone buying his first hammer as for him that are a true craftsman with a life’s experience. To me it can all be boiled down to two words: inspiration and sharing.
Without this there would be no LJ, this is what Martin once provided us a platform we could use and that we choose to become a part of and for this I want to thank you all.

Gifts from a friend.

Beautiful hand forged green woodworking tools.
Love these for spoon making, since they are not so tough on my arms.

As you can see I take care and bring it love and life, the best I can.

Another thing I want to thank for are all the gifts I have received, by mail or by hand again here I feel a little guilty, since I have a to give back list that I don’t see how I will manage to full fill, but since I felt every gift came from the heart I have received them all with my own heart and use them with joy or look at then with a smile.
To not risk forgetting someone, I choose to not say names, you all know who you are. Thank you from my heart.

But no it’s not all woodworking, it’s also getting a glimpse of some of you, of getting to feel a friendship even it is online, a genuine interest in each other.
Ohhh yes and whipped cream and love MaFe style…

For me it’s not bread and butter, it’s all love for woodworking and yes for good bread…..and butter….

Food and beer also at times.

Before I fly of on my wings of wood, love and friendships, I want to thank you all, even those that just passed once, it is with all of you my journey became reality and the skills I have learned became mine, without you I would still stand with a Stanley no four and wonder what side of the blade was up and what was down as I did just five years ago.

No rule without an exception, there are one person I want to mention by name; Jamie my friend, my support in moments with the black dog, mentor, my father, my son, my brother, I thank you for opening your heart and house for me, moments in Scotland I will never forget, for learning me to be a better man – Luvsya.
(Also a hug to Shirley that lovely wife of yours, that opened her heart to me).

I have so much to be grateful for, I am a lucky man.

Thank you from my heart,

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

29 comments so far

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 12:52 AM

Skål Mads.

-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 01:15 AM

Congrats Mads. Too bad I missed you in Paris.
Some day …......

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 01:16 AM

Mads, your Japanese series of projects and blogs are one of the main reasons that I’ve continued my own obsession with eastern tools and woodworking. Thanks for taking all the time to share your journey, it’s inspired many of us.


-- -- Discover the most interesting woodworking blogs from around the world

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#4 posted 03-26-2015 01:20 AM

Mads you are a true legend, I think we LJ’s would have to term you as an ardent participator & we are all the richer for your ideas & sharing, well done my friend we love you mate
cheers from NZ

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 03-26-2015 01:55 AM

Thanks Mads for doing this blog as it makes us all aware what we and this site is all about or at least should be.
I enjoy most posts of yours as they are a different approach to wood working then mine but also very similar in some ways .
You are very much in tune with Japanese tool and their way of carpentry whereas some of my projects show some influence of Japanese styling and it comes naturally and is not intentional I just design and enjoy what I create .
After all is said you deserve a big thank you from all of us and congrats on the 10000 but who is counting .

Enjoy life and friend ship and keep making bread that is what is what matters .


-- Kiefer

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#6 posted 03-26-2015 02:04 AM

Mads, I knew when I saw your first post (or was it a comment on one of mine?) that I knew you were someone special. I have commented many times about how creative, prolific and committed you are about woodworking in many different forms. I wish I had your creativity and diligence to make so many post. I get so frustrated with the time it takes to download photos, etc. I just avoid it. At the same time I truly enjoy the friendships that this site has created for me. So many short-lived and I wonder, “what happened?”. I have told you before and I will say it again, if there is ever an opportunity for you to come to Florida, I can promise you a grand visit. My wife’s family comes from Denmark and one day we plan a visit and I hope that we can meet.

Congratulations and best wishes to a real pillar for the worldwide woodworking community. træ brødre

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

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#7 posted 03-26-2015 02:14 AM


I’ve been lurking here for about a year and a half, just getting my feet wet with wood and hand tools. Your posts have been quite the inspiration – not just your projects and information, but also the way you present them.


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#8 posted 03-26-2015 02:28 AM

Congrats Mads!! We have all been inspired by your genuine friendship and amazing projects. Here’s to another 10,000!

-- I never finish anyth

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#9 posted 03-26-2015 02:48 AM

Sharing ideas and teaching others what we learn is a passion. Not everyone is willing to go the extra mile to do so.
You have been an inspiration and I enjoy knowing you. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#10 posted 03-26-2015 03:45 AM

You are a machine Mads, much love and best wishes. David

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

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#11 posted 03-26-2015 03:50 AM

Congrats my friend. Hopefully I will make it over for a visit one day…

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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Jim Rowe

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#12 posted 03-26-2015 08:18 AM

It has been a pleasure to be able to “sit” in your workshop and watch how you create things. Keep making!

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Don W

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#13 posted 03-26-2015 10:56 AM

you keep posting, we’ll keep watching and learning. Thanks for sharing the knowledge Mads!

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#14 posted 03-26-2015 11:32 AM

Wow Mads, time sure does fly.
It has been great knowing you and how we all share our experiences.
You are a good man Sir.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#15 posted 03-26-2015 12:40 PM

A nice trip down memory lane Mafe. Thank you for all your posts. They are very giving in themselves.

-- Galootish log blog,

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