A Lumber Jerk in Paris... (Setting up a second workspace)

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Blog entry by mafe posted 09-10-2010 01:06 PM 2811 reads 0 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A Lumber Jerk in Paris…
Setting up a second workspace

What do you do when you are retired from work due to health, your fiancé lives in Paris and you in Copenhagen, and are a real Lumber Jerk?

You go shopping in Paris! (On your bicycle!!!)
The fact that I spend so much time here (one of four weeks a month), made me want to have some hobby when I’m here, and also to be able to stand good when I can do some work (when my health allow me), I try to draw, and to read, but I missed the chance to do a little woodworking when I am here, so the solution came yesterday, when I was in BHV (a warehouse) looking for bolts and nuts for some fellow LJ’s.

And this was how the shopping looked when I unpacked (amazing what you get for 50 Euro)...

It could have been called nightmare in IKEA!

Ok there are not a lot that can’t be handled when you open a good bottle of Bordeaux and your favorite hat! (even a strong neck pain).

And here we are hand cut dovetail baguette, and a glass of Bordeaux, what more can you ask for?
Ok perhaps a beautiful woman preparing dinner! I’ll give it to you.

And here it is in front of the window.
I’m planning to make a table top for it also, so it can doubble for me as a drawing desk, where I can sit infront of the window and draw, so I can injoy the light and the life on the street.

The story:
The last three years I have been traveling to Paris once every four weeks, not for luxury, not for business, no but for nothing less than love. The reason is the most amazing woman Caroline (the woman in red cutting baguette in LJ style), she lives here with her two boys Noe and Ruben – and I live in Copenhagen with my daughter Mathilde. Since the kids have mothers and fathers in their own countries Caroline and I have decided that life will be like this until they are big enough, so one of us can change country. (Probably another 5-6 years). So Caroline come to Copenhagen every 4 weeks and I go to Paris, so in this way we see each other twice a month.
Caroline is working for the National library, so she usually comes 3-4 days, and I’m retired, so I can come and spend a week.

I have made a review of the Wolfcraft 200 workstation, if you want’s to know more.

Hope it can be to some inspiration, or perhaps a travel to Paris,

Best thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 09-10-2010 01:17 PM

it’s wonderful what love can make you do!
congrats on the new Paris based work-center!

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#2 posted 09-10-2010 01:23 PM

Bordeaux and Dovetails life is good…lol…BC

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#3 posted 09-10-2010 01:30 PM

i’d probably
make the bedroom ,
the shop .

nice dovetail .

beautiful woman

the best to you 5 !

-- 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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#4 posted 09-10-2010 01:37 PM

Mads, I’m glad to see that your so happy and what a lovely fiancee. You make a wonderful couple. You’re a mighty lucky guy, so ain’t life grand?

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 09-10-2010 02:07 PM

Thanks for a good chuckle this morning:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#6 posted 09-10-2010 02:28 PM

Mads thank you for the lovely story.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#7 posted 09-10-2010 03:07 PM

What a lovely story.
Life gets complicated, but you two seem to have figured out a way to make it work.
Good for you guys.
My hat is off to you.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 09-10-2010 03:30 PM

Tres Bien!

Paris….. Love….. Bordeaux… and a Hat.

Who cares about health and work, you’ve got those?!?

Congrats to the both of you, sounds like you’ve got a great thing and plan working for you there, and in 2 great cities (now there’s gotta be a book of a movie to be made about this)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#9 posted 09-10-2010 04:25 PM

mads, det er simpelthen en fantastisk historie! :)
it warms my heart and i wish you and your family all of the best!
she must be the perfect woman, cutting baguette with a saw, heheh.
no wonder you’re reading so much poetry :D

-- Flemming. It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#10 posted 09-10-2010 05:13 PM

A great story of love and woodworking. :)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 09-10-2010 05:28 PM

I Love this Mafe. So cool. Thank you for sharing.
You both seem very happy.

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#12 posted 09-10-2010 05:28 PM

Hi Mads, it looks like you are having a good time. Travel back and forth like that can be exciting. I love how you keep with the spirit of Lumberjocks by using a saw to cut dovetails in bread. That has to be a first!!!!!

You’ll have to get Caroline to make a project in your shop so you can post it on LJ’s.

Enjoy the wine!!!!!!!!

Patrone said it well!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 09-10-2010 10:12 PM

My friend, you do look suitably attired for gay Paris in that first photo!

Beautiful story, I love it!

You must be the only LJ with a workshop in 2 different countries, a true international LJ! Now you can do woodwork in French, Danish and English!

Did Caroline remember to grease the saw from one of your greaseboxes?

Love to all from Africa.

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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#14 posted 09-10-2010 11:21 PM

A wondrous world you live and both your smiles tell all!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#15 posted 09-10-2010 11:33 PM

Hi all,
Thank you for the wonderful comments (except Div for my dress code…).
I have just 5 minutes here, while Caroline are in the shower and I share a moment alone with a good pibe of tobacco, a Calvados and you from LJ of course.
- have to go David (Patron) said why, and I can hear the water are not running in the shower now…
Best thoughts full of love,

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

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