Look what came with the postman (thanks to Alba)

  • Advertise with us
Project by mafe posted 09-24-2010 06:07 PM 3609 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Look what came with the postman!
I want to send a thank you to Alba.

Some days ago I received a PM from our fellow LJ Alba from Scotland (Jamie).
He wrote me if he could send me a piece of burl, ‘It may make a nice Grease Box’ he wrote.
And I said yes, how could I refuse this wonderful offer.

This morning the postman came with a pack, and I was a little confused, since I had not ordered any hand planes lately… (Budget is running kind of low with the pension now).
But as soon as I could see it came from Scotland, my smile was wide as a garden gate.
- And you can see on the pictures that it only became bigger when I opened it.

What a wonderful man, to write me a letter like that, and to tell you a example of his optimistic look at life he learned me something:

There are no rain, only liquid sunshine.

That’s one beautiful piece of burl; it’s so beautiful that I will almost not have the heart to cut it.

I do not know what sort of woof it is, but its dark like Walnut – help me here Jamie!

The best of thoughts from my heart, a big thank you, and a giant smile that will not get of my face


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

22 comments so far

View Ken90712's profile


17919 posts in 4160 days

#1 posted 09-24-2010 06:11 PM

Very cool story and had a few similar acts of kindness from fellow Lumberjocks! I’m always eager to meet and helo our fellow LJ’s. Make sure if you use it to post the project. Thx.

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

View gul's profile


400 posts in 3933 days

#2 posted 09-24-2010 06:20 PM

Alba is a real sweetheart.

View PurpLev's profile


8642 posts in 4620 days

#3 posted 09-24-2010 06:21 PM

oh wow, what a treat. seems like it’s LJs for LJs week. touche Alba, Enjoy the candy Mads!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

View SnowyRiver's profile


51458 posts in 4451 days

#4 posted 09-24-2010 06:21 PM

Looks great…what a nice gift..cant wait to see what you plan to make from it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

View Dennisgrosen's profile


10880 posts in 4086 days

#5 posted 09-24-2010 06:25 PM

what a niice gestus from Alba
aah that was the piece you talked about over the telefone
now I can understand why you were so excided Mads
huu that want some scarysharp tools and scrapers before its behave like you want :-)

good luck with it I´m sure you will get the best out of it

take care

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3838 days

#6 posted 09-24-2010 06:28 PM

Man, what a nice piece of wood, Mads. I suppose you will have to think a little bit about what you are going to do with that little treasure. I know that you won’t waste it that’s for sure. And what a nice gift from your friend, Alba.

God Bless, Mads. Have fun!!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View lanwater's profile


3113 posts in 3905 days

#7 posted 09-24-2010 07:00 PM

The wood looks fantastic. I am pretty sure you make something equally fantastic out of it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

View rivergirl's profile


3201 posts in 3809 days

#8 posted 09-24-2010 08:05 PM

Have fun with the burl Mads… and you are a sweetie Alba/Jamie! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

View blackcherry's profile


3345 posts in 4794 days

#9 posted 09-24-2010 08:32 PM

Bravo Scotty, also enjoy your Burl Mafe its beautiful…BC

View OregonBurls's profile


585 posts in 4119 days

#10 posted 09-24-2010 09:07 PM

Burl, Burl Burl, I love Burl!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, What can I say but God Is Good!

View BritBoxmaker's profile


4611 posts in 4007 days

#11 posted 09-24-2010 09:14 PM

Looks like Burr Elm to me, Mads.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

View anon's profile


417 posts in 3868 days

#12 posted 09-24-2010 09:15 PM

congratulations mads :)
it’s a beautiful piece, and i look forward to see what you turn it into!

View Sodabowski's profile


2393 posts in 3804 days

#13 posted 09-24-2010 09:48 PM

Friendship always sticks a smile on my face :) Very nice burl here!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

View Div's profile


1653 posts in 3911 days

#14 posted 09-24-2010 10:09 PM

Well done Alba, you’ve sent it to a most deserving man!

Decisions, decisions Mads. What will it be?!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

View mafe's profile


12844 posts in 4060 days

#15 posted 09-24-2010 10:21 PM

Hi all,
I have no difficult in knowing what it will be!
One part will be a grease box, since this was a suggestion from Jamie.
One part will become a Scotish inspired knife, with handle of this burl. One of those knifes the Scotish wear under the kilt (perhaps I can wear a kilt at my future wedding with Caroline, and then I have a way to defend my self if she try something… on the wedding night).
One part I will make a little box for, and keep it as a memory, I have one box like this with the champagne cork, from the day where I fanaly goy my pension.
And if there are any left I will have to use my imagination.
Thank you Jamie, and thank you all for the words for him, he deserve it.
Best thoughts, and a giant smile,

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

showing 1 through 15 of 22 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics