I was a very fortunate woodworker this week to receive correspondence from a special friend. Of course it is MADS!
Mads for the few who may be unaware of his positive presence on lumberjocks is a fantastic woodworker, designer, and all around spiritual character. Basically he makes the entire experience of sharing on Lumberjocks all the more interesting and fun.
As I opened the envelope there before me was a wonderful letter full of good things. A handmade Origami Crane…wow, I love it.
Then an exercise from the master himself asking me to perhaps give it a try. He even supplied some papers for making one!
Well….I carved a little Swan made of Sassafras to share the spirit of the game…lol. I have to learn some Origami and look forward to it!
Then this wonderful crafted strop for my carving knives….it is my favorite! I love the stamp and the color of the wood. Mads has this wonderful style of good taste, solid design, and flow to his ideas….bravo!
Mads, Iet me say that I don’t think your timing could have been any better for the arrival of this letter. Times in our world are so crazy right now, so much and too much violence and sad news on most things these days. Getting this letter was a wonderful example of the positive connection of crafts people. A strong life line of sharing where people from separate countries can connect with the things we hold close to our hearts. For all of us on here….it is the love of crafting with wood, making things, taking a hand plane and creating endless shavings that lead to our desired output.
I feel really blessed to receive what I like to think of as an affirmation of good will and the spirit of woodcraft.
Once I was at my carving log, spoon making tote, hatchet, knives, and my trusty new strop I sure went to task and created with joy.
I thank all of you for your participation, inspiration and positive support in my projects. This is a great social network of people sharing the sawdust and shaving the grain.
Most of all, I thank you Mads for a terrific letter and gift.
I hope you may read this blog in the best of spirits and know that your letter for me was a great inspiration to continue to learn more!
All the best to you and yours my friends,
-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW