LJ friends and gifts. #30: Thomas from Northern Zealand in Denmark came to visit my workshop

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Blog entry by mafe posted 10-06-2016 10:49 PM 2633 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Thomas from Northern Zealand in Denmark came to visit my workshop.
wax and oak…

Today I did not only go to the shop, I went there to meet up with a fellow wood nerd Thomas.
Thomas wrote me last week and told me he have some trunks of wood that I was welcome to dive into, since he had seen I wrote somewhere that I did not have a wood supply here in the center of Copenhagen and he is living close in Northern Zealand.
He had just joined LJ:
That’s what I call kindness!
So I invited him to come and visit my workshop, just for a chat and probably some wood talk…

I was at the grocery store when he arrived, so I came walking on the street and right in front of me a man with a pack under his arm and a wonderful piece of wood, so I addressed the man and said: ‘I will guess your Thomas’ and he was, laugh.
So we walked to the workshop and after a short tour sat down for a coffee and a talk.
Yes we talked (I talk too much), it showed out we had a million references in common, both of us have a education from the school of constructing architects, we knew a lot of the same people, both worked in architects offices and much more. Ohhh yes and we both have this thing with tools and wood… So yes plenty of subjects and too little time.

In other words a wonderful afternoon in good company and a smile on my lips when I drove home on my bicycle today.

As I said, Thomas had brought a pack.
Not just a pack, but a beautifully wrapped pack!
I love brown paper and string, so I almost could not open it.
Thank you for that Thomas!

Inside was plates of bees wax, just been through the process of making bees wax polish, so it was really welcome and I promised I will post my blog about this soon.
Now I can make some more and also thicken one that was too thin.

Also he brought that wonderful piece of wood, Danish Oak, the life in this is nothing less than amazing and the sound makes me want to sing (luckily for Thomas I did not, I don’t really have a talent there).
I will look forward to find projects for that, it will be joy to dig into.

Yes, we did get the shop photo! I forget that too often these days, so I was really happy I remembered this time, always a joy to capture these moments.
I do have a feeling it will not be the last time we meet up, so there might be more photos.
Perhaps from Thomas place, we have agreed that I will come visit at some time and there be able to look at some wood also.

Tomorrow I will go and work a little on a restore of this old, sweet, little Danish hobby woodworker bench.
I bought it yesterday from a nice old lady here in Copenhagen, I am thinking it can be my DIY bench in the apartment or if I get a bad case of wood withdrawal at home.
But that’s another story, for another day.

Once again; thank you for a wonderful afternoon Thomas.
Big smile.

Best of my thoughts to you and your family,

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

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 10-06-2016 11:14 PM

Wonderful gifts of wood, bee’s wax and friendship. You are a lucky man, Mads!

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

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#2 posted 10-06-2016 11:33 PM

Congrats glad to see all had a wonderful time

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

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#3 posted 10-06-2016 11:56 PM

Love stories like this, good for you buddy. Meeting fellow Lumberjocks is a blast. Love how the Internet has brought so many new friends to all of us.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 10-07-2016 01:07 AM

That’s what Lumberjocks is all about!! Nice meeting you two had!!

cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 10-07-2016 01:10 AM

Lucky guys.

I miss denmark so much.


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

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#6 posted 10-07-2016 02:19 AM

Nice to meet up with friends with the same interest. Can’t wait for the bees wax polish.

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

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#7 posted 10-07-2016 03:39 AM

A very nice blog post my friend.
How lucky we all are to have in common a love for a craft and fellowship which inspires us.

Someday I would like to visit you Mads, but for now, I will enjoy the great photos you post and enjoy the tales you tell.

Thank you so much.

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#8 posted 10-07-2016 12:47 PM

Good times.

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

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#9 posted 10-08-2016 10:41 AM

Looks like you both had a lot of fun. I know I enjoyed meeting you and seeing all your wonderful tools. :o)

-- 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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#10 posted 10-17-2016 10:20 AM

Thanks for the comments.
News from Thomas:
Big smile,

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

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