LJ friends and gifts. #4: LJ meeting in Luxemburg parc, Paris - Copenhagen.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 01-16-2011 07:53 PM 2683 reads 0 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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LJ meeting in Luxemburg parc, Paris – Copenhagen.
The great Sodabowski meets MaFe the vintage architect

Yes it sounds like a funny movie, but at the end of the day, it was a warm meeting amongst two fellow Lumber Jocks.

I travel to Paris app. once a month to spend time with my fiancée Caroline, and it showed out Sodabowski lives just around the corner from Caroline there…
So after Sodabowski and I have had some conversations on Lj, we agree that it would be fine to meet and say hello the next time I would be here, and this was the time.

The day came.
We agreed to meet in front of the Luxemburg parc, and I explained that I would come on my black bicycle wearing my six piece hat, and a shoulder bag – Sodabowski would be in dark jacket and jeans, and with his camera, almost like a rendezvous now. Smiles.
And so we did; we said hallo and I think I felt a warm person here in the cold but mild Paris. We went for the main gate, and I saw my favorite woman was there, an old French woman that sells warm chestnuts there in the winter and ice in the summer. As I said to Sodabowski I always wish to give her a big kiss, but I feel sure she would plant a strong hand in my face if I did, so I just bought some chest nuts, and we walked in the park, eating warm chestnuts.

(Bee houses in the park).
As we walked we talked about LJ, what we see, and our common passion for photography, we even had the same cameras, but also politics and more sensitive subjects was with us on this walk, always with interest and understanding.
Yes Sodabowski is a warm and knowing guy no doubt.

(Pavilion for the rain and a place for the parks people).
We spoke of architecture, about what a shame it is, that no one will spend this little extra any more, to make something ‘grand’, something with a heart and soul, like the little pavilions in the park.

(Detail of water outlet).
That sometimes it’s needed with big leaders to do some big things, but that we did not feel impressed by the present French leader that makes ‘grand’ plans but do nothing, except to use it for politics.
Sodabowski told me of a wonderful place in Paris where they cut veneer and that they have such wonderful things, so we agree to do that next time I will be in Paris.

(Sculpture or dance; we were not the only once to have a talk here).
We both share this passion for photography, so when we saw these guys we both needed to take a picture, this was more than two gardeners having a deserved brake.

(Caught in the hack’t).
And they were surprised for our interest and smiled after been held for ever in the cameras pixels.

(Sodabowski meets MaFe / Canon meets Canon).
Yes here he is the big Sodabowski, taking a picture of he knows what.

(This one is on you Sodabowski).
No comments…

(Thoughts in the woods).
And like this we float around the park, and after to a brasserie for a beer, we decided to try some from Corsica, and this might have been a bad idea, since we both got a terrible headache from this one beer (I had two, but the other was not from there).
So for now we said goodbye with a big strong hug and a smile on the lips, and agreed that if my neck is ok to meet Monday for an espresso in the center of Paris, where I have some errands to do for a friend.

(Look what I got!).
On the walk I got not only one, but two presents, I did not expect that at all.
I got a little piece of wood from a tree in the family city of Sodabowski (I don’t remember what city or wood help me!).
And a little hand cut pipe from boxwood, that he had cut himself when he was very young, and he had thought that I was the one person who should have it! Do I need to say I was deeply touched? Thank you so much.

(A grateful smile).
And here me at the end of the day home again, thinking of the day with a big smile as you can see.

THANK YOU Sodabowski!!!

(The box).
While we are in Paris, I want to show you one of my latest tools.
The reason to show it here is that it’s French.
The box in itself is for me a beauty, with handmade hinges, and years of patina.

(The tools).
That it, when I saw this set I fell in love, I can just imagine the man in high hat and elegant dress walking the street in Paris on his way with this box under his arm, probably towards a production place or God knows where.
Imagine how important and proud he must have looked, when he opened this box, and tested the quality, looked with approving gestures to the makers, and then closed the box, and left the room with his pipe smoke after him.

(The maker; E. Buleux).
Yes I can’t help it, I’m a dreamer, but just the feeling in the tools, the precision used, the hours spend, to make this set, and the jobs it have probably done, it give a feeling of being able to touch history.
Will I use it a lot for wood working – perhaps not – time will show, but it sure makes me smile, and this is after all what it is all about by the end of the day.

Just like Sodabowski and I did when we said goodbye. Best thoughts from my heart, and a big thank you to you Thomas Sodabowski for this fine time,

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

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#1 posted 01-16-2011 08:45 PM

A wonderful and warm moment of sharing between foreigners, focusing on wonderful things that unite us and not on those things that separate. These days, as the world’s cultures seem to be tearing themselves at their seams it is so nice that we have the opportunity to see and applaud those that have no problems reaching across borders in sharing their love of life, humanity, culture, and my favorites also, classical architecture, art and those items that bind us to our past, like the wonderful measuring tools.

And thanks for another wonderful and warm moment of sharing between you, Mads, and the rest of us LJerks that couldn’t be there (but wished we could have). This site is another of those things that can unite us in our humanity, even though from differing cultures, rather than separate us. ‘Vive le Lumberjocks!’

-- Rick, south Sweden

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 01-16-2011 08:46 PM


-- 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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#3 posted 01-16-2011 08:50 PM

Yeah my friends

This is a great meeting and a great idea
Sorry I can’t be with us. a next time in another place I hope

Thanks for the comments

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#4 posted 01-16-2011 08:55 PM

What a wonderful account of a lucky meeting. Touching to me.

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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#5 posted 01-16-2011 09:59 PM

If I may borrow Ricks words again: VIVE LE LUMBERJOCKS!! Yes, indeed! Feel good news is a rare thing in our crazy world….Thank you for bringing some to me!

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

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#6 posted 01-16-2011 10:05 PM

thank´sfor sharing a wonderfull moment with us mads
what a nice gesture of Sodabowski :-)
I´m glad you got such a beautyfull case and messuringtools
but as the freak I´m on tools myself I also envy you for it and your luck
to find fine tools…
have some great days down there my freind


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#7 posted 01-16-2011 10:08 PM

Hehehe, hey, I just came back from my sweetheart’s place, I’ll have a few shots to share too :)
And yeah, the Pietra almost killed us!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#8 posted 01-16-2011 10:17 PM

Fantastic story.
Fantastic photography.
Fantastic setting !

Wonderful gift !
Wonderful machinist’s tools !

Many people are “warned” that …. Venice and Paris “can never live up to their hype.”

In about 2006, my wife and I traveled to Paris, so that I could be evaluated at the Hospital Quinze-Vingts. In total, we spent over three weeks in your city—mostly staying very close to the Tuileries. The doctors needed to see me several times, do numerous tests, and—after the results—other tests.

And … like so many millions before me, and after me, fell in love with Paris.

On our last night there, we took a blanket, a bottle of wine, some bread, and some cheese, headed down to Bir-Hakeim, and … naturally … went to Champs de Mars for the sunset on the grass, beneath the Eiffel Tower.

The memories …. are so vivid, to this day.

Thanks for the pictures. Thanks for the stories. Thanks for the memories.

-- -- Neil

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#9 posted 01-16-2011 10:23 PM

how wonderful
the story of the pipe does indeed warm my heart and bring a tear to my eye!! How very special.

As always, your words, your story-telling makes this an experience even more special. Thank you for sharing it

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#10 posted 01-16-2011 10:36 PM

What a great story of LumberJocks getting together.

I think this story has to be my favorite.

I love the caliper set. I can only imagine the number and caliber of projects it must have measured over the years.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#11 posted 01-16-2011 11:10 PM

Great story Mads. It seems that LJ has brought you a lot of new friends everywhere you go. wonderful! The gifts you got will be an appropriate reminder of the day. The micrometer set is also very nice. Thanks for sharing this warm experience with us. I hope Caroline doesn’t find out that you are in love with the chestnut lady!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 01-16-2011 11:48 PM

Hi their Mads, Very cool post and a wonderful day at the park I am sure! It was Funny and surprising to see the photos of the very park that My wife and I had the pleasure of visiting while in Paris on our recent honeymoon in October ! It’s a same we couldn’t have met here on LJ’s before my trip to Paris and we could have met up as well ! As it turns out, I have discovered a fellow L J who is right around the corner from me hear in the States and we are trying to get together soon. I hope our meeting is as wonderful as Yours and Thomas’s experience, although I am sure our back drop want be as spectacular !! Anyway, great story and I wish I had come across that beautiful tool set when walking through the streets of Gay Paris !

Thanks for sharing Mads and wish You well, ROB

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#13 posted 01-16-2011 11:51 PM

As always a fine record of a touching meeting between friends!
I feel privileged to have been able to share in it!
A beautiful park!
Thank you you Mads!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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#14 posted 01-16-2011 11:59 PM

Mads and Thomas, Your story and another I received today has lifted a very low spirit. I can’t tell you enough how good it was for me. I think this was a fantastic meeting and a wonderful experience, I would have loved to be a fly on the wall, as they say, to see it all. There is something that binds those of us that love making things and appreciate with passion well made and clever things. Great story. Thomas is an interesting young man. Mads is way over the top but we love you. I’m thinking about munching on those chestnuts. Ummmmmm

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

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#15 posted 01-17-2011 12:03 AM

That’s a great story almost made me feel I was reading the story line of a film glad you guys had a great day Lumberjocks is definitely more than the sum of it’s parts
Best regards

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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