A wonderful surprise from Jamie in Scotland.....

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Blog entry by lilredweldingrod posted 02-05-2011 12:18 AM 1454 reads 0 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here I sit, on a cloudy, cool, uninspiring day in the Mojave Desert and Momma comes in from the mailbox. And Says, “Who do you know in Scotland?” “GEE, JAMIE!” I hollered.
I cut the package open and ….................looky here at what I got!

A beautiful piece of burl made it across the big pond. Now my mind is racing and searching for the inspiration for a project that will impress Jamie. All that comes to mind is Mafe! Where are you when I need you? lol

Wow! What ever it is that comes up for the project, I must leave the natural side as the focal point. Any and all ideas from my fellow Lumberjocks are welcome! So please share your visions for this beautiful block of wood with us. Please keep in mind that I do not have a lathe, so anything else is open to suggestion.

Thank you Jamie. I will sand the large surfaces and rub with mineral spirits to show the beautiful action in the wood and add to this post in a day or two. Thank you again Jamie.

PS…..Mafe, I can’t make a pipe. I gave up smoking 38 years ago this March

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 02-05-2011 12:55 AM

Rand, thanks for letting me know.

What a long time it took & that was Airmail

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 02-05-2011 12:55 AM

your a lucky man rand…that is a beautiful piece of wood…enjoy making something from it….and blessed are you jamie for your kind and giving heart….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-05-2011 01:31 AM

big congrat´s Rand ,beautyfull piece :-O
what a nice gesture of you Jamie :-)
I know excacly how Rands jawdropped blocked head feels
sitting with an unexpected packages full of wood not knowing what to do with it
but knowing you have freinds that preciate you is a big thing to handle for the hart
thank´s Jamie for what you do

enjoy Rand it will take a long time before you find the right project for it :-)

take care

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#4 posted 02-05-2011 01:36 AM

Hi Rand,

Great gift.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-05-2011 01:56 AM

Jamie, Thank you so much. Just be glad it wasn’t sent pony express. lol Those ponies would still be swimming and probably toward Singapore. lol

Grizz, The action is very nice. I’ll get better pictures and add to this post in a day or so.

Dennis, Just because you have a block on your wood doesn’t mean you have to block my wood. lol

Lee, Yes it is a great gift. And from a very generous man too.

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#6 posted 02-05-2011 02:13 AM

Jamie you are wonderful.
Yes I cant help you there Rand, but I will smoke a good pipe of tobacco and think of you.
I look at my litte burl box every day now, I gave it a sweet spot in my bookcase, so yes now I will be exited to see what you come up with.
Best thoughts and congratulation with it,

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

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#7 posted 02-05-2011 02:22 AM

Great looking burl Rand. If you decided you don’t want it, you can pass it this way! J/K, can’t wait to see what you make from it.

-- David

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#8 posted 02-05-2011 02:52 AM

Rand I don’t know if you have ever tried carving you could find out what Jamies family crest is an carve it into the top with the natiral edge. That would look cool. Then send it back over the pond.

-- Billp

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#9 posted 02-05-2011 03:29 AM

Hey Bill, Great idea, BUT have you seen my carving? I got kicked out of the local spit and whittle club here because I can’t even whittle and my spitting looks more like drool. lol I told them that the handicapped are fun to watch and they informed me that I was more on the disgusting I am still trying.

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#10 posted 02-05-2011 03:54 AM

Ya mean I’m not supposed to throw stuff that looks like that in the wood stove? Dang…

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 02-05-2011 04:17 AM

These stories make this place so very cool.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#12 posted 02-05-2011 04:27 AM


That is a beautiful piece of wood!

Yes, quite a dilemma … you sure don’t want to mess it up! :)

When I first saw it, my first thought was a Geode… but that’s a rock…

I’m looking forward to what you do with it…

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#13 posted 02-05-2011 05:03 AM

Jack1, Heck No, You are suppose to either make something nice from it or share with us underprivileged beggars. Do you need my address? lol

swirt, I concur 100%. That’s something that can’t be programed into nor legislated. No matter who owns this site, this is just the members being nice to one another. This definitely contributes to the uniqueness of Lumberjocks and it is a very nice feeling to be a part of it.

Joe,I hope I can show the beauty of the grain. I’ll have to take it to the shop (as soon as I can quit looking at it) and see what I have out there that will enhance the burls grain.

But what makes this burl so special to me, is that Jamie gave it to me. I will probably never get to meet any of my new friends, around the world, on LJ, face to face, so this becomes a piece of them and their heart.

Besides, who wouldn’t appreciate a gift from such a nice guy as Jamie.

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#14 posted 02-05-2011 06:13 AM

Rand split it down the middle. Then hollow out the bottoms fill with lead and make book ens.

-- Billp

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#15 posted 02-05-2011 06:31 AM

I didn´t block you …LOL
but now we have desided you have to draw 100 projects inspired by and the piece be a part of the projects
fill out an aplication in seventeen copy´s in seventeen different colours before we will let our daughter
deside if you can be cleared to make one of them …good luck with the thinking…..LOL


Edit : I gess this will get you ocupied the next month or so :-)

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