LJ friends and gifts. #3: Brit (Andy) meets MaFe (Mads) in Copenhagen

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-14-2011 10:03 AM 5690 reads 0 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Brit (Andy) meets MaFe (Mads) in Copenhagen
a LJ meeting in Copenhagen…

Last night at the local station a little black Fiat Punto with plenty of recycle wood on the roof top came into the local station, the driver looked out the window in search of a man he had never meet. Out there in the street was a middle aged guy standing with his backpack and a smile. No doubt this was Andy, so I waved at him and in the car he went, hello, and as they say in England ‘nice to see you’.

And yes it was nice to see Andy, we came to my house and had dinner with my daughter, I had made us a Ragout of beef fillet, we got some wine with it, and some fresh baked bread.
(Never finished that story I think; I used to teach drawing and watercolor classes, and I went to Paha Czech with each class for a tour with my students where we draw, sketch and eat plenty of Ragout that came down with beer, and it was this memory that had made me give the Ragout a try – hope you enjoyed).
Andy told me his work story and we found out we had plenty of common points in our life’s, drawing, watercolor, work and I have once been working with guys from his company (Oracle), so yes one word took the other and time was on wings.

Here I try to come back while the timer runs on the camera, only to discover that Andy has stolen my pipe!

So of course Little MSDebbie has to make the punishment, no one can steal MaFe’s pipes.

Very fast I had the feeling of being with a old friend thank you Andy, so time was flying, and after the coffee we went to my little workshop (I think Andy called it a museum once), and looked and touched tools for some time, yes there are so many stories to be told when it’s old tools, history of the tools, Nationalities and just materials they are made from and so.

Andy and I have both been buying some old saws that we are planning to restore and to learn how to sharpen and he had made a blog about his in this blog I commented about the rust remover, and to surprise me he had taken all the way from England with him not one but two of these buckets. Need I say I was touched by the thought!
So now I have no excuse, I need to make those saws shine, and after we can compare and discuss results on the sharpening process (this will be fun).

In fact so much time that I was in a hurry at the end to get him to the station again so he would not miss the last train at midnight.

Dear Andy I enjoyed my evening so much, thank you, I hope one day I can come and visit your shop in UK.

Best of my thoughts,

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

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#1 posted 04-14-2011 10:25 AM

great story. What two woodworkers could not find hours to talk about their favourite topic?

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 04-14-2011 10:37 AM

wonderful meeting
happy friends

that ragout looks delicious
your smiles contagious


paris to england



-- 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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#3 posted 04-14-2011 10:38 AM

wauw you lucky bastard Mads :-)
thank´s for sharing the envying moment with us
but next time tell us soner so we can bring the sledgehammer to you…. LOL

I´ll bett Andy enjoyed it as much as I did in the autumn

take care

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#4 posted 04-14-2011 11:35 AM

No doubt this was a fun evening. I’ll be looking forward to seeing the progress on the saws

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

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#5 posted 04-14-2011 12:34 PM

Wow, the combined knowledge of old tools and woodworking must have approached critical mass. You both have to be more careful, you’re just lucky that there was not a catastrophic explosion of nuclear proportion.

Good friends, good food, good tools, what else could you ask for. Great story.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#6 posted 04-14-2011 01:51 PM

Hey, what a wonderful story and from the pictures it looks like you both enjoyed each others company and the time that you spent visiting. God Bless the both of you. I’m sure you both must have talked each others ears off.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 04-14-2011 03:24 PM

Great story and by the way that ragout looked nice :)

-- Boatbuilder&blacksmith

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#8 posted 04-14-2011 04:23 PM

Good story. Makes me look forward to see my woodworking buddy when I get back to Minnesota this Summer.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 04-14-2011 04:49 PM

Fun story Mafe. Glad you and Brit had a chance to get together.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 04-14-2011 05:41 PM

Hi guys,
Yes it was a day to remember, I still have a smile on my mouth.

Here the Punto!
And the Vespa in front is mine also, I got her when I was 17 years old.

Best thoughts,

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

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#11 posted 04-14-2011 06:00 PM

As long as you guys steer clear from Corsican beer, nothing can go wrong ;D

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

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#12 posted 04-14-2011 06:35 PM

Great story Mads – the ragout looks pretty good as well. I agree with cessnapilotbarry that you seem to be a pretty good photographer as well as an all round talented woodworker – not to mention your wide range of interesting interests.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#13 posted 04-14-2011 07:05 PM

I always enjoy hearing of a nice meeting like this. I’m so glad you enjoyed each other’s company.

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

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#14 posted 04-14-2011 07:38 PM

I couldn’t believe it when my company asked me to run a training course in Denmark. I checked Mafe’s profile to see where in Denmark he lived and it was only a 30 minute train ride from where I was staying.

It was wonderful to meet with Mads and his daughter over a delicious meal and a nice bottle of wine. I can confirm that the ragout was even nicer than it looks in the picture. We chatted for ages and it was a treat to see and handle all of the old tools Mads has collected. He has some real gems! He is as much an inspiration in person as he is on Lumberjocks.

I didn’t tell you last night Mads, but yesterday was actually my 50th birthday and I couldn’t have spent it anywhere nicer than in your workshop. Thank you so much for your hospitality.

Back home now with many happy memories. Take care my friend,


-- - Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#15 posted 04-14-2011 10:04 PM

Ah, well done you two! That Fiat of yours does look like a woodworker’s car! So nice to read about LJ’s from different countries meeting each other and sharing passion. I hope to have the same pleasure one day!

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

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