LJ friends and gifts. #9: The budstikke arrived today, a LJ gift again today! Life is so much better than fairytales.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 05-23-2013 01:29 PM 2949 reads 0 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The budstikke arrived with a LJ gift again today!
Life is so much better than fairytales.

I have been walking around with a smile on my lips since the post arrived at the workshop with a gift from my friend Jim in the US – thinking ‘life is a little miracle’.

Guess what!

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?).

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.
Guess what!
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.

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#1 posted 05-23-2013 01:38 PM

Mads, you are blessed with wonderful friends!
Beautiful story.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic

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#2 posted 05-23-2013 01:52 PM

Good friends indeed! Nice work by Mike.

Here is a bit about the tradition from what I could find
Source is from household-lore

re Knives, it says:


In previous centuries a knife was a very personal possession, carried at all
times by its owner and used for hunting and work as well as cutting food. A
steel knife was regarded as being protection against fairies and curses; a house
could be protected by a knife being thrust into the door and a baby protected by
a knife stuck into the headboard of its cradle. A knife could also be thrust
into the mast of a boat for luck, although the word ‘knife’ was never spoken at

If two knives are crossed accidentally at the table it means bad luck or
quarrels unless one of the knives is immediately straightened. A knife falling
to the ground means the arrival of a male visitor. A knife with a white handle
could be used to divine whether the inquirer’s future spouse would be fair or
dark; the knife was spun round, and if it came to rest with the handle pointing
towards the inquirer, the spouse would be fair; if the blade pointed at them,
the spouse would be dark.

The most common belief about knives is that a knife given as a gift will sever
the love or friendship between giver and recipient; a knife should never be
taken without something being rendered in exchange, generally a penny or other
small coin.

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

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#3 posted 05-23-2013 01:57 PM

wonderful story
and gifting

a magical friendship
the best of all

-- 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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#4 posted 05-23-2013 02:34 PM

I’m glad you finally got it Mads. I know it’s a bit of a useless and somewhat strange item, but I thought it would be a good symbol to represent all those wonderful gifts you have been sending through the post to so many lucky Lumberjocks, myself included.

I posted it as a project here to explain it’s history and use.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 05-23-2013 02:43 PM

So wait. That thing was used as a big fancy NAIL to post a message on someone’s door? I think that if someone poked that thing into my nice door (like yours above is) It dang well better be holding a letter telling me I won the LOTTERY!
Because if that’s how folks posted letters and notices on people’s doors, then in no time the doors would be full of holes! I dont think I’d appreciate that :-)

Nice gift Mike. Good on you. And again, as my sig line says “Paying It Forward” is VERY REWARDING!

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

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#6 posted 05-23-2013 02:57 PM

What a unique and fantastic gift from one of the nicest guys out there to another great guy. Good story about how fantastic LJs members are.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 05-23-2013 03:10 PM


-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#8 posted 05-23-2013 03:29 PM

Ausgezeichnet Holzarbeiten. Wow, this is a very special piece kudos to Mike. Congratulations Mads. Just goes to show that good things can happen to good people. Especially if they like quality handmade things out of wood.

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

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#9 posted 05-23-2013 03:44 PM

You have many friends Mads, and that’s no accident.
It’s hard not to be swept up in your passion for life.

I’m very happy for both of you.

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

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#10 posted 05-23-2013 04:36 PM

Isn’t friendship grand!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! That was such a nice gift and we all learned what a Budstikka is. I had never heard of one before.
You are special, Mads!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#11 posted 05-23-2013 08:39 PM

Wonderful Story!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#12 posted 05-23-2013 08:53 PM

They say “you reap what you sow” & you my friend are loved by many LJ’s
best thoughts
Pete :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 05-24-2013 08:05 PM

What a great gift! Way to go Mike.

-- I never finish anyth

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#15 posted 05-25-2013 01:17 PM

Awesome gift for one cool dude! Great story.

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

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