LJ friends and gifts. #8: The postwoman came to my workshop... with a pack from a dear friend.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-22-2013 12:12 PM 2775 reads 2 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The postwoman came to my workshop…
with a pack from a dear friend.

I was in the workshop, looking out on the wonderful weather.

When the postwoman knocked on the door… (Here a Danish postman).

Normally I never get any post there, so I was a little surprised, especially when she stood there with a big brown pack in her arms.
She asked me if I was me, and last time I looked in the mirror I was, so I answered yes.
Then she handled me that pack and wished me a good day as she left.
How can I not have a good day now, I was thinking.
Actually the day started bad, pain in my back, a tour to the chiropractor and now really tired and felt like a 100 years old.
Now also my girlfriend arrived, so I was even happier and got some wonderful kisses and a little nursing.
I looked at the pack, the sender was a dear friend, a man who once send me a card with a Saint called Jude, the Saint for the of hopeless cases, and told me I was in his prayers, this I will never forget, thank you.
And now a pack from him on this day that seemed dark from pain from my neck and back…
Jim, you sure know how to touch my heart I have a feeling those prayers are heard somewhere.
So enough talking Mads, time to open the pack.

Inside there were a wonderful letter, with a headline of ‘Happy Unbirthday’.
Hope this doesn’t mean I am not born yet… my body tells me different today. Smiles.
After reading I jumped right in the box and unpacked.

And look what I found!
A wonderful mallet.
Not just a mallet.
But a mallet my friend Jim has made for me with his own two hands.
And from some wonderful plywood that he has made several projects from and that I have admired for their beauty from the play in the layers this gives.
Also I told Jim I once saw a plywood mallet in Paris and this was really cool.
But Jim, this one is so much cooler, and it is like shaking your hand.
I have not been so much around LJ lately, due to health, love and life being busy, but just now as I write this discovered this post from you Jim.
Now I wonder if you kept the twin for you?

Please notice how beautiful the layers from the plywood play in the shapes Jim gave it, and yes it is highlighted by the finish that Jim masters so good.
Right away I took it into use, I an restoring an old stepstool for a good friend, and used the mallet to gently tap the dovetails apart, perhaps I should add leather to one of the ends…

And before leaving the shop, I put my new favorite mallet next to my favorite chisels.

Thank you my dear friend Jim, you are one of a kind, full of kindness.
The best of my thoughts to you and yours, and yes best of wishes for everyone.
Your friend,

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

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#1 posted 05-22-2013 12:20 PM

What a sweet mallet :) Kisses for pain relief, and a mallet for slapping the fingers and get more kisses, what more to ask for :D

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

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#2 posted 05-22-2013 12:21 PM

(BTW dig the “Batman” tag in the first picture, what a view ^^)

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

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#3 posted 05-22-2013 12:30 PM

Paying It Forward... is there anything more rewarding? (that’s why it’s my sig-line)

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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Jim Jakosh

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#4 posted 05-22-2013 12:34 PM

You are very welcome, Mads!! yes I have the twin and I use it in my shop. It hangs out with the hammers!!
I hope it matches the one you saw in Paris!

Enjoy, my friend and say hi to Line and Mathilde. I saw your photos on Facebook!

This is my favorite:

...............Cheers, Jim

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

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#5 posted 05-22-2013 12:34 PM

Thats awesome! Great mallet and nice gift!

-- "Always continue to learn, laugh and share!" JJW

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#6 posted 05-22-2013 12:43 PM

Congratulations on you unbirthday Mads. A very nice gift for a special person from a special person. What could be better?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 05-22-2013 01:18 PM

Great story.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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#8 posted 05-22-2013 01:58 PM

Those unexpected surprises are always the best!

Great view from your shop window- especially the old Ford!

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

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#9 posted 05-22-2013 02:30 PM

Way go go Jim, pretty cool.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 05-22-2013 03:07 PM

Guid Friends :)

I smile

-- 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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#11 posted 05-22-2013 03:38 PM


-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#12 posted 05-22-2013 04:16 PM

Your attitude towards life has always been inspiring. Thanks for sharing.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#13 posted 05-22-2013 04:35 PM


Thanks for sharing that moment.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#14 posted 05-22-2013 04:51 PM

Great post/blog. I reckon there are very few internet sites out there where this kind of gift giving goes on.
LJ’s are decent people.

-- A family man has photos in his wallet where his money used to be.

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#15 posted 05-22-2013 05:52 PM

What a neat mallet. Perfect to go along with all those great tools you have made and collected. That Jim does some pretty nice work. Stay healthy my friend.

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

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