LJ friends and gifts. #28: Memories of summer birthday and a few gifts that still make me smile

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Blog entry by mafe posted 02-23-2016 06:25 PM 2492 reads 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Memories of summer birthday
and a few gifts that still make me smile

This summer in the end of June I held my birthday at the workshop.
As you can see I was spoiled by some of the guests.

One of the guests were my friend Flemming, he is the reason I have a collection of pocket knifes now, yes it’s true he gave me so many during the last couple of years that I became a collector without even knowing it. ;-)
This day was no different, Flemming brought several knifes and a bottle of Jack.
Since it was a party day I got two with wine openers, a newer on top and the most wonderful old one under, this old knife has become one of my favorites, it has a history in the worn wood and wonderful old carbon steel.
They are both German, the old one Soligen, yes a Swiss knife are more practical stainless steel and all that jazz, plastic handle that need no care… but charm and life… naaaaaa, so yes I feel lucky again.

I also got a couple of vintage Mora sløjd knifes, think these are old school versions, so I might have used one of them as a boy in sjøjd class. These are basic Scandinavian tools made in Sweeden, they have always been good at this and had the recourses to produce tools when the industrial revolution set in.
I might re-handle one of them one day, but for now I use them as they are, they can become wonderful sharp and hold a good edge.

Ty our LJ friend also came by to congrat me, he brought me this beautiful centerfinder he had made.

As with everything Thy does it was crisp and beautiful in the smallest details.
This one is now hanging on my shop wall and makes me smile so often.

Wonderful wood, wonderful finish.

Ohhh yes he also brought me his own homemade oak tree dye, this I will look forward to try when I have the right project.

Will just share one more special knife with you.
Bone handle.

Svane kniv means swan knife.
Special made for the Danish marked.

So yes I am a happy monkey here in Copenhagen, feeling spoiled, are spoiled and love it thank you.

Thank you,

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

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#1 posted 02-23-2016 09:08 PM

Very nice momentos and memories

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

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#2 posted 02-23-2016 09:47 PM

Happy Birthday Mads. You have some good friends that bring you nice stuff. Don’t celebrate more than 3 days. It starts to get rough.

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

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#3 posted 02-23-2016 11:10 PM

A few of the wonderful knifes Flemming have spoiled me with.
Yes I am lucky. ;-)

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

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#4 posted 02-24-2016 12:14 AM

nice people mads have nice friends :)
Hope you had a great day my friend & threw the top for the JD & shared with all present

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

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#5 posted 02-24-2016 12:29 AM

Wonderful memories of a wonderful time.

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

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#6 posted 02-24-2016 02:29 AM

Good times. Hope you are well

-- I never finish anyth

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Mark Wilson

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#7 posted 02-24-2016 07:35 AM

You are a lucky man, with wonderful friends Mads. A house in known by the company it keeps.
I looked up “sjøjd.” (“Sloyd”)I had no idea. The wood, metal, and textile arts are compulsory in Scandinavian education systems.
I have very few reasons to regret being born in America. Actually, this may well be the only one. Such education was removed, here, in the early 20th century. For that, alone, you should should consider yourownbadself lucky. I went through four years of “Industrial Arts” in high school (Metal Shop; Graphic Arts; and, there was Wood Shop, but, I didn’t take it.) All of those things were elective, not compulsory. The self-sufficiency attained through the artisan work ethic is sadly lacking, here in the U.S. This saddens me.

-- Mark

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#8 posted 02-24-2016 11:10 AM

Nice stuff Mads.


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

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#9 posted 02-24-2016 04:25 PM

Nice Mads. It’s strange how attached we can become with a good folding knife. I still miss the knife I had in the Navy. I used it every day and kept it always razor sharp. I still wonder what I did with it 55 years ago after I was discharged.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 02-25-2016 10:43 AM

Happy Birthday Mads!! I’ll help you with that bottle of Jack! Very nice gifts. Nothing like a nice folding knife. I have many I have collected over the years.

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

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#11 posted 02-28-2016 09:14 PM

Smiles big time here.
Best thoughts,

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

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