LJ friends and gifts. #5: A pack arrived from Canada - Thank you shipwright.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 07-26-2012 10:42 AM 2241 reads 0 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A pack arrived from Canada
Thank you shipwright.

Sometimes life smiles at us in ways we would never imagine.
Today was one of those days.

Some time ago our friend Paul ‘shipwright’ was showing some old prototype models from his shipwright work, one of these was a wonderful shaft holder made of mahogany and I fell in love with it and told Paul.

Paul is a man of action, so he offered me this model.
After much writing, Paul scratching his head for shipping, making it less heavy, gluing and so on – it left Canada by ship, destination Copenhagen, Denmark, MaFe.

And yesterday it happened!
It arrived here safe and sound.


Gaffa department, one of Paul’s attempts to get it down in weight.

Unwrap, starting to see that wonderful mahogany.

Here we are, is that wonderful or what?
I think I will paint the epoxy with my favorite red, the red of the sea.

And here it is in its new home.
Among other things I love.

Thank you Paul, this will be in my heart and I will love to tell the story about how it got here in the future.

If there is morale to this story, it must be ‘be careful what you wish for, you might just get it’.

As Paul said he wish it was him sailing that ocean, and yes I would have offered you to stay.

The best of my thoughts to you and yours Paul,

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

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#1 posted 07-26-2012 11:24 AM

Yeah beware not to wish for the boat next time :D

Another smile-inducing story :)

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

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#2 posted 07-26-2012 11:27 AM

Christmas in July.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 07-26-2012 12:04 PM

That is a great gift- especially since you showed interest in it. Mads, you are deserving of much after what you show us all on here!! It looks very nice with your nautical decor!!
Best of luck, my friend…................Jim

Paul. very nice gesture!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#4 posted 07-26-2012 12:19 PM

That is just awesome. What a story.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 07-26-2012 01:24 PM

Nice gift!

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#6 posted 07-26-2012 01:30 PM

Simply awesome. Mads, you always have the best blogs.


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#7 posted 07-26-2012 02:15 PM

It is difficult to decide what is more important amd meaningful….the gift or the thought behind the gift.

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#8 posted 07-26-2012 02:30 PM

Great story and a well deserving recipient. Paul Miller is one of the really good guys on LJs. Really neat!

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

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#9 posted 07-26-2012 02:54 PM

Hi Mads

I’m glad to hear it arrived in one piece (OK two pieces) and I’m somewhat relieved that you weren’t disappointed. As a pattern for a bronze casting, its purpose was never to be beautiful to look at. However it does have an interesting story to tell and is now in the hands of one of the great story tellers.

A good match I think.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#10 posted 07-26-2012 05:21 PM

Big smile…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 07-26-2012 06:39 PM

Very nice of Paul (Shipwright). I would say that I think Paul to be fair should send a gift to all Lumberjocks, but I realize the freight costs might get out of hand, lol. A well deserved gift for an LJ member who has shared so much with with all of us.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 07-26-2012 08:23 PM

A beloved gift from one Master to another.

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

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#13 posted 07-27-2012 02:28 AM

How wonderful. Gifts of advice and gifts to remember.

-- I never finish anyth

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#14 posted 07-27-2012 07:02 AM

The other side of Paul and Mads, Paul being a gifted giftgiver and Mads the guy who deserved to have one. Am happy for both of you. Keep it going. Thanks for letting me know the technique… a hard lesson to learn… a big smile for both.

-- Bert

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#15 posted 07-27-2012 07:25 AM

Mads Paul,

I think the sea trip was great, and

a great story of two LJ buddies

-- 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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