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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-30-2011 08:08 PM 1747 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just want to say Happy new Year to all my LJ buddies and any other members willing to read this blog. I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas too. I should to be back participating with you by mid-Feb. I haven’t been on LJ for awhile now having had a bunch of non-life threatening operations (dental/eyes). I’ve had the lens replaced on my left eye and they are doing the right one sometime in January. Meanwhile I have good vision in one eye now. This summer I was busy helping my son sell his house and move to Sweden. This is a picture of his new house there. The Norwegian flag was placed there by neighbors as a welcome sign. They are located in the North of Sweden in Lycksele county.

The video below shows some strange creatures in their back yard eating their trees and then crossing over to the neighbors place.

I did manage to make make a series of new (read strange) turning tools for a new project in November. It took me so long that I didn’t make any Christmas presents this year except to help my 12 year old grandson to make a key cabinet for his other grandmother.

My ‘special turning project’ isn’t beautiful or original, but it is technically very challenging (for me). When and if I succeed with this project I will share it with you, as some of you might find it interesting and want to try it out. My first thought was that Mafe might like this one as he is so much more skilled in tool making than myself and I am sure many more of you (maybe most of you) probably are too.

I’m looking forward to catching up with what you folks have been up to since I’ve been away.

Best wishes,


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-30-2011 08:45 PM

Happy New Year Mike. I hope the operations go well and I look forward to seeing you back in February.

-- 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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#2 posted 12-30-2011 08:47 PM

Neat video Mike ! When I first opened it I thought, they’ve got moose ? Love the carefull movements, and the look both ways, urban elk at the best.
All the best for the new year and glad to hear you’re almost back to , gee I hate the word, “normal”
But maybe improved ?


-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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Jim Bertelson

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#3 posted 12-30-2011 09:14 PM

Nice to see you back here, Mike. I have been overly busy at work, and hope that I get some time to blog a few things in the next couple of months. Health issues can definitely set you back a ways, glad everything is turning out all right.

Doing a couple of non-shop things, one is kind an erector set for Sherie for her Snowy Village diorama. It comes up at Christmas time, as well as Halloween. There are special items for both. I built some platforms that allow wires to run around, and that can be used to build up terrain in various ways, and are covered by cotton batten for Christmas, or a dark cloth for Halloween. This project is basically done, and needs to be posted. Some interesting mechanics in it, but nothing to look at, it is designed to be covered. I will finish it with something for protection.

Also built a humorous sign for Sheries fiber arts room. It is rather personal, so I may not post it immediately. We’ll see. Built from Jatoba and birch ply.

.......of course, we have a lot of urban moose here in Anchorage. They find cities a haven from the wolves, and like the plowed roads to get around on. Liking snow free areas to move from place to place, they also frequent the railroads, which gets many of them killed each year. We have at least 50 moose living year round in the city of Anchorage.

Have a good one….......


-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#4 posted 12-30-2011 09:33 PM

Thanks for the good words Andy, Glen and my old friend Jim. I’ve gotten several videos from my son so far. The reindeer are especially pesky on the roads there. They also see a multitude of foxes and just about every other furry type of mammal that doesn’t mind a little snow. I’ll try to work some of these videos into future posts, but I don’t want to overdo it and get everyone mad at me.

I’m glad to hear that you are keeping active Jim. I do look forward to seeing your posts.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 12-30-2011 11:08 PM

Merry (Belated)Chrismas ans happy New Year to you and your wife as well Mike :-)

good to see your avatar again :-) and I´m glad your operation did go well
looking forward to see what you come up with during the winther …. :-)

take care

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#6 posted 12-30-2011 11:12 PM

Thanks Dennis, and the same to you. I hope I will come up with more than the flu this winter, but I can’t guarantee it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 12-31-2011 12:12 AM

Good to hear from you Mike! I’ve been missing your blogs but have keeping busy on a rocking chair, glued on the rockers so just some final shaping and sanding.

What is that on the roof? ladder/steps going up to the chimney.

Hope the next eye surgery go off without a hitch too.


-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#8 posted 12-31-2011 12:31 AM

We have been missing you Mike.
Hope everything goes well with your upcoming operation and you get back to the shop.

Happy New Year


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#9 posted 12-31-2011 01:31 AM

Hello Mike and Merry Christmas to you. Glad to see that you are fine and well. Now that the gardening season is over maybe you will get some more time in the shop. I am still walking around in short sleeves here in the day time. But the cold is setting in fast. Hope to read a blog on your turning project soon.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#10 posted 12-31-2011 01:48 AM

Thanks Tim and Kent I’m looking forward to participating with you guys again. I’m also looking forward to seeing your chair when it’s finished Tim.

Yes Tim, the ladder-like thing is just that. Many of us have them in this part of the world and they are permanently mounted to make life a little easier for the chimney sweepers. We also have to leave our extension ladders outside for them when they notify us that they are coming.

We had a new hat installed on our own chimney when we got our new wood stove a couple of years ago by the “experts” who installed the oven. When the chimney sweep arrived earlier this year he couldn’t get the hat off to sweep. This was after they had to install the hat twice after botching the job the first time and also apparently the second time too. This is why I like to do things myself even though a real pro would consider me incompetent! I’m not mad about it. I’m just glad our installer has a job and is paying his taxes! I do wish I could write off the cost to charity for tax purposes though.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-31-2011 01:52 AM

Welcome back Mike. I’ve missed you.
I’ll be looking forward to seeing your new project and to reading the great blog that I hope you post to describe it’s challenges and techniques.

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

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#12 posted 12-31-2011 01:54 AM

Obviously you have been missed Mike. Pleasure to see you on here. I am glad the surgeries went well. Look forward to the post on turning tools. This turner could use all the help he can get :)

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#13 posted 12-31-2011 02:16 AM

Thanks Paul and David I am looking forward to interacting with you guys again. I hope I can get a successful conclusion to my special project. I have managed to ruin a couple of workpieces already. They take some time and effort to prepare. The tools seem to work well, but I think I might need a better wood for the job. I bought some nice maple that I hope will be better for this particular type of work.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 12-31-2011 02:36 AM

A Real Pleasure to “see” you back Michael!! :)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#15 posted 12-31-2011 03:14 AM

Glad to see you’re back on LJs Mike. It was your stickwork box and related tutorials on wooden hinges that inspired my box and brought me to LJs. So I’m looking forward to seeing more of your projects. Of course, I’m also still hopeful that you will get to do a tutorial on stickwork as you said you might.

Good luck for your next operation

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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