LJ friends and gifts. #32: MaFe goes to visit Thomas (iamtomkelvin)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-04-2017 11:12 PM 2104 reads 0 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Shop visit
MaFe meets Thomas (iamtomkelvin)

I finally had the pleasure to go and visit our LJ friend iamtomkelvin Or as I call him Thomas. ;-)
Thomas was so kind to offer me some wood for an anvil stand, after his visit in my shop, where he saw the one I had made from construction lumber and found it a wee flimsy after I got the new beautiful anvil. I had to agree!

So we started out with cake and coffee, then a tour in his wonderful home, where the sweet dog followed us around, until it was time to go outside for some chain saw action.

Here he is in orange safety works suit, in front of his workshop, cutting up a hunk of wood.
Thomas allowed me to pick my favorite and I found one that looked like it had started to rot a wee and that it for that reason would have some play in the wood.

First it was cut to length, so it would fit my anvil.

Then time to square it up, not square actually, since I wanted some slope on the sides for stability.
Thomas is really a trained user of chainsaws, he made it look so easy, also I believe he said he had no less than six of them!

While he was sawing, I took a peak inside his workshop.
What can I say but wauuuu. What a wonderful place to hang out!

Back outside Thomas was almost there and I had to say I was more than happy.

Here we are in the shop after we put the wood in my car.
Had a wonderful time, plenty of talks and many interests to share.
Please notice his sweet dog in front of me.

All good things come to an end, here back in the shop, that have become a sewing shop these days…
I work on stuff for my hammock.

I was with a big smile, full of impressions after the day.
Good thoughts.
And as you can see, Thomas spoiled me with wood, so not only the anvil stand, but also wood for spoons, cups and much more.

Thank you Thomas, I am working on the stand these days and are sending you good thoughts.

Perhaps this can inspire others to jump in and meet up.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 05-04-2017 11:17 PM

I just love.


-- Thor and Odin are still the greatest of Gods.

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#2 posted 05-04-2017 11:17 PM

What a wonderful story. And nice hunks of wood.
I am happy that I find you well and content.
Take care my friend.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 05-04-2017 11:35 PM

What a wonderful friend!

His shop looks almost as cozy as yours does, Mads.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#4 posted 05-05-2017 12:00 AM

sounded like a fabulous day shared with a kindred woodie spirit Mads :-)
well done guys

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#5 posted 05-05-2017 12:54 AM

Good to see more LJ’s taking time out to visit each other. I know the pleasure of meeting with someone with the same interest. Funny how we are, someone gives you a hunk of wood and we are happy. Nice to see the spirit of friendship all around.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 05-05-2017 01:20 AM

Great meeting, Mads…

Very nice report… etc. etc.

How close are you two? How many miles one way did you have to travel to get to Thomas’ place?

Glad you were able to do it!

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

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#7 posted 05-05-2017 02:12 AM

Nice story.

-- Don K, (Houghton, Michigan)

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#8 posted 05-05-2017 02:30 AM

Nice to hear about such a positive, sharing visit.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#9 posted 05-05-2017 02:55 AM

Good times. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#10 posted 05-05-2017 04:26 AM

Another reason why the people on this site are so special.
Some of the nicest people I know are members here.
Great post.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#11 posted 05-05-2017 02:37 PM

Lots of smiles reading about your visit! Thanks for sharing, Mads and Thomas.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 05-05-2017 03:13 PM

Looks like an awesome time.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#14 posted 05-05-2017 05:31 PM

I’m jealous, Mads. I would love to hang out with all of you.

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

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#15 posted 05-05-2017 05:41 PM

Good stuff there Mads. Sweet haul too. Looks like the weather still has a chill to it there.

I’ve had the privilege of meeting a few of our fellow LJs. One from Australia via Hong Kong :) Anthm27 visited my shop and then we tipped a few beers while chatting at lunch. Really nice fellow.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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