LJ friends and gifts. #27: Japanese, Russian, Danish teapot lid, life is a miracle.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 07-13-2015 08:52 PM 4859 reads 1 time favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Japanese, Russian, Danish teapot lid
life is a miracle

Some time back I got a unexpected mail from Russia, a man wrote me that his wife’s teapot got a broken lid and that he would love if I could make her a new.

I don’t know the man who wrote me, I don’t know his wife, I have never been to Russia, in fact my grandfather was a soldier, in command of a cold war base in Denmark, to keep us protected against the danger from Russia, during the cold war years.

So yes nothing would make me more happy than to make this gesture of love, a gesture of love to not only a strangers wife but a man from a place that once was represented as the enemy. For me love is the answer, I truly believe that if we make room for love, war will be history, so in the memory of my grandfather and in my hope for peace on earth, I was more than happy to become a part of this adventure, this fairytale in real life.

So enough of the great words, back to reality MaFe, woodworking and joy.

I have to admit, my Russian and our friend Alexey Khasyanov ’s Danish are not the best, so our communication were at a low level, but somehow it made it just better.
At first I think that he wished me to make it in clay but I took the decision to make it in wood, I think MaFe is the wood guy and that my Japanese adventures in wood have made me close and affected to this.
(I’m not sure if it was only my wish, but I think it came to a good point).


Alexey send me a few photos with measures or where I could guess some measures. ;-)

So lets get into the making.
I was given some BANKIRAI wood from a friend and thought it would be lovely to pass some on as gift, so I ran it through the thicknesser, to get the desired starting point.

Then cut to square.

Transfer the measures as I hoped they were…

The truth is I had no plan where I was going, just an idea that I would follow my heart and see where it went.
So I just started out with a Japanese plane and chisel, to get into the mood.

Transferring measures and using a cutting gauge.

Just got this beautiful Japanese NANKIN-KANNA spoke shave, it has a antique hand forged blade and a new hand made body, so to use this made me get into the mood.

It’s amazing, no other spoke shave I have works this smooth.

The sole, with a nice tight mouth.

I had an idea of ripples of water, but honestly, I’m not the a carving man.

Rays of light in the water…
Stop it MaFe san, you are not like that!

So shaved it all of again.
Gave it some linseed oil.

The spoke shave also.

Found a good tobacco and a favorite pipe.
Mixed paint and just drifted away.

Wood, branches, flowers.

Leather string.
This is my world.

Some coats of Shellack .

My brand and I folded a bird for Alexey’s kids if he have some…

So now all I need is to pack it.
Some shaves from the making.

Just to protect it and add that smell I truly love.

Ohhh on the same day my friend Flemming gave me the caliper at the bottom as a present, brass a beautiful old one. I am a lucky man. Life makes sense, don’t give to expect gifts, give from your heart, life will give you back plenty, sometimes from a different place, this is what makes it magic.

So a wrap.

Now just a matter of writing the address and hoping it will make it.

A month later I got a mail!
It had arrived in Russia, here you see Alexey and his wonderful family with the lid.
Some people do not believe in magic…
For me this is kind of a evidence.
Magic do exist, we just have to believe in it and I think I can speak for both Alexey and I, we do know it exist.

I send thanks and wonderful thoughts to you dear Alexey, thank you for believing in magic and in that way make my life better than fairytales, I have a big smile on my face and send my love to you and the family.

Thank you,

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

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 07-13-2015 08:58 PM

What a great story and a very artistic cover for their teapot.

Nice job, my friend!!............Cheers, Jim

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

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#2 posted 07-13-2015 09:02 PM

Mads: Good to have you back from your move to Vesterbrø. I hope that all is well at the new place.
New home = peace of mind.

Nice lid by the way.


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

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#3 posted 07-13-2015 09:06 PM

Great story, and wonderful work as always Mads

-- I never finish anyth

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#4 posted 07-13-2015 09:11 PM

The woodworking experience is much nicer when shared with others. :)

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

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#5 posted 07-13-2015 09:17 PM

It must be an extraordinary experience to do something like this. You have kindness in your heart. Nice work MaFe san.

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

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#6 posted 07-13-2015 09:27 PM

Wonderful story Mads :)

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

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#7 posted 07-13-2015 10:19 PM

When you give the gift of love, you reap the rewards many times over.

Thanks for helping us realize this, Mads.

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

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#8 posted 07-13-2015 11:36 PM

Yes Mads—-even more inspiration in so many different ways from you in Copenhagen.
Just by the way——Have you any idea what our old brass school compasses are worth on the antique market??
Well—-on ebay anyway.
Maddening when I needed one and my old one was nowhere to be found,
Cheers from Hobart

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#9 posted 07-14-2015 12:15 AM

It’s better to give than receive….. The smiles in the last pic say it all.

-- Love thy neighbour as thyself

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#10 posted 07-14-2015 02:05 AM

wonderful, delicate work. As always.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#11 posted 07-14-2015 05:15 AM

Lovely lid and story, Mads. Thank you for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 07-14-2015 11:29 AM

What a moving and inspirational story. It’s refreshing to learn of people such as you Mads. Your story brought to mind the song “Lenigrad” by Billy Joel, about a friendship between an American and a Russian during the final years of the Cold War. I applaud your kindness as well as your woodworking.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#13 posted 07-14-2015 11:37 AM

Very nicely done Mads. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all the worlds leaders were woodworkers? They might get along as well as we do irrespective of which country they live in. At least we (you in this case) are setting a better example.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 07-14-2015 02:24 PM

You’re a man w/many gr8 stories Mads. Very well done

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

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#15 posted 07-14-2015 11:44 PM

Comfortable story, detailed pictures to stare at and a lesson in international diplomacy in it’s purest form.
Classic Mafe, thank you for the post.

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