The budstikke arrived with a LJ gift again today!
Life is so much better than fairytales.
Today I picked up a pack from the post office…
I was expecting some cables from China for my tablet, so just the usual routine.
But – the pack was from Norway and not only from Norway, but from a special LJ friend Mike Stefang up there.
So I jumped into the car and home to my apartment full of curiosity.
To drag the excitement a little I made a good cup of espresso and lid my pipe with some good tobacco, yes even lid some candles even it was daylight, just to make the moment even more special.
Cut up the pack with a good knife and a piece of wood came to sight.
It looked like a crown!
What is this?
At first glance I was wondering if it was a scepter, but a scepter is for a king, and I am the king of nothing but me…
But I could see an M was carved into it… Mike – Mads…
Is it a woodworking awl for a king?
An ice pick?
It sure feels good in the hand, and fits mine just perfect!
And the letters LJ is carved in the other side…
Look at those details, amazing.
The crown is carved so beautiful.
And two coins are in the little red string – Danish and a Norwegian.
Yes, some time ago I send Mike a gift, and since it had a blade to it, I send him a coin as the old tradition says, now he returned the coin and added a Norwegian one for me.
(Am I supposed to send this back now?).
TIME TO READ THE LETTER HE SEND ME.
Where Mike explains me it is a BUDSTIKKE.
And honestly I have never heard of this before, so I had to look it up.
And the story goes:
The budstikke is a messenger stick that is used to bring messages from town to town.
So I realized the metal point was to fasten the message to the door or wall.
(Mike promises in his mail to tell more, so I will stop here, but do my own research out of interest).
Here on my front door.
With Mikes wonderful letter.
Thank you Mike!
Just did some research on the web and realized those sticks used to be hollow.
So I grabbed it and pulled.
It is hollow.
Mike you are amazing!
And inside is a little letter.
Big smile here!
Mikes message makes me laugh out loud.
A wonderful piece of woodworking, turning, hand carving, history lesson and with a hidden message of humor inside.
Yes, just when we think life can’t get any better miracles happen.
Life sure is better than fairytales.
Thank you Mike, for bringing magic to my life.
(Now I understand your cryptic message on my latest blog: ’Congratulations on you unbirthday Mads. A very nice gift for a special person from a special person. What could be better?’).
Best of my thoughts to you and the family from your friend,
-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.