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

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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 756 days ago

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

Another smile-inducing story :)

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#2 posted 756 days ago

Christmas in July.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

That is just awesome. What a story.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 756 days ago

Nice gift!

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#6 posted 756 days ago

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


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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#7 posted 756 days ago

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

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#8 posted 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

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 fiberglass trees.

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#10 posted 756 days ago

Big smile…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#11 posted 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

How wonderful. Gifts of advice and gifts to remember.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#14 posted 756 days ago

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 756 days ago

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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