An Unusual Woodworker and his Work

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Blog entry by stefang posted 12-10-2013 09:55 PM 1984 reads 0 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While visiting my youngest son Mark and his Sofie in Sweden this last summer, we saw a charming corner cabinet in their kitchen that was made by Sofies father about 25 years ago. The interesting part is that he hates woodworking and just did it to make some extra money needed for his young family at the time. Just goes to show that having a talent for something does not necessarily mean a person likes to do it.

Sofie made the comment that the crossing lines on the side and bottom of the bottom door were an 80’s thing and not compatible with the traditional design of the cabinet. She’s right about that, but I like it anyway and I thought some might be amused by the idea of a good woodworker who didn’t like woodworking.

I found out about this dislike while he was building my kids new garage. I guess he just can’t escape it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#1 posted 12-10-2013 10:13 PM

Hey- my (norwegian) grandmother had one almost identical to it. W/o the 80’s lines though.
Interesting that one would use so much time and energy on something that he does not like.

Whats the rest of the story about him?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#2 posted 12-10-2013 10:27 PM

Very interesting, Mike. Thank you for sharing. I hope this winter will treat you kindly.

-- John from Hampstead

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#3 posted 12-10-2013 10:28 PM

That’s one charming corner cabinet.
I guess not everyone that does wood working has to love it to be good at it.
Thanks for sharing this Mike.

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#4 posted 12-10-2013 10:34 PM

We all hate woodworking, Mike. That’s why we can’t keep away!
pretty cabinet – as is..and an equally nice garage!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#5 posted 12-10-2013 10:43 PM

LOL – yes that is a wonderful ironic story.
He sure have a talent for hating.
Best thoughts,

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

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#6 posted 12-11-2013 12:07 AM

I like it too Mike. Nice cabinet for sure even with the 80s thing on it ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 12-11-2013 01:17 AM

A beautiful hutch.

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

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#8 posted 12-11-2013 01:45 AM

what a nice build

imagine if he liked woodworking

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#9 posted 12-11-2013 07:48 AM

Mike I am lost for words looks like we were all thinking the same !

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 12-11-2013 10:49 AM

This was the garage they had when they bought the house a couple of years ago. This was taken during our first visit last year while they were putting on a new roof. I think the house was built in the early 50’s and the carport in the early 60’s. The house is not luxurious inside, but very nice and comfortable. They are improving it a little at a time. I have been helping them inside during our visits and Sofie’s dad has to drive from his home about 1-1/2 hours away to come work on the garage. Of course I told him that I have to drive over 1,000 miles to help out, lol. He had to leave it unfinished in October because it starts to snow in November there. He will be finishing it up in late spring next year.

They live about 7 miles from the nearest town. Luckily the local government decided to install a fiber optics internet/tv cable system and they will finally have a decent internet connection before Christmas. We currently use the face time apple system to keep in touch with them, but the picture quality really sucks and we get cut off all the time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 12-11-2013 12:42 PM

I have to wonder if he really hates it or just likes to complain about doing it for someone else. LOL Maybe some compliments about his good work would improve his attitude. Nice cabinet. Interesting story.

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

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#12 posted 12-11-2013 12:59 PM

Mike I love these little glimpses in your life.

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

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#13 posted 12-11-2013 02:43 PM

No Ken, he really doesn’t much like it, but he does it when something needs doing. It’s never been a hobby thing for him. He likes best to work on his Saab cars. I think he has four or five of them. He’s a nice and bright guy and he can do a lot of different things very well. If he lived in southern Sweden which has a much better economy he would probably be the CEO of an engineering company.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 12-11-2013 03:29 PM

Hi Mike: Sofie’s father sounds like the traditional Jack of All Trades … back in the day where if you wanted something done, you did it yourself! I love that adorable corner cabinet, which will in time be handed down the line as a treasured heirloom. Their sweet home in the country really appeals to me. An interesting peak into family life … thanks Mike!!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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#15 posted 12-11-2013 03:54 PM

That cabinet is beautiful and very quaint, Mike. Your daughter’s house is very cozy looking. It has a quaint and cozy cottage look to it. Thanks for the post.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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