Visiting my friend Jamie in Scotland
the show must go on
Days are flying on wings of joy here.
Tomorrow morning I am going back to Copenhagen, feel a wee bit sad, but also full of wonderful moments and a warm heart – looking forward to come home for three weeks of vacation with my sweet daughter Mathilde.
Nights have been bright and beautiful here.
Days in the workshop with Jamie and all the guys have brought many smiles and I have made a couple of meditation stools. Here the prototype behind and the collapsible version in front.
Also I worked on a version in ash, this one should be like the essence of my go on the minimalism.
(Will make a blog later).
Also I know there has been some rumors of me going out into the wild…
I did bring my foldable kayak to Scotland and succeeded to get a night out and a day on the Loch Doon.
And my hammock. ;-)
Here camp site.
Off I went to Loch Doon, what do you think of that view?
It was a dream for me to paddle Loch Doon since last year, where I walked down app. a quarter of the lake and set camp.
So to paddle it this year was a dream come through.
A wee bit of woodworking…
Made a small sail out of my rain coat and a branch, then the wind turned against me again.
All in all a long paddle, Loch Doon is app 7 miles (11,5km) long.
So I will guess I paddled 16 miles (25 km) that day.
Quite an achievement for a man retired due to a spinal neck operation (I will never do that again in one day).
Also had time to make a live edge mirror frame, a gift for Gordon (another friend of Jamies house and me here), will tell more about this also in a later blog.
Now this is Scotland.
In the middle of the Scottish landscape you find this.
Samye Ling, amazing place, wonderful people.
Sweet Rosslyn took Jamie and I up there for a day.
Jamie seemed to know them all and all were so happy to meet him.
(I can understand why, he is a special person with a grand heart).
I also meet Kali, she is an artist and do painting.
She is working on the amazing statue you see in the picture.
Had the joy of a wee look into the workshop there.
A really peaceful place, with a beautiful light.
Love that table saw.
Samye Ling is a place for reflection.
Could not stop thinking of the wood projects that could come from this tree!
Yesterday the sky opened up, and Scotland showed me it’s wet face, so it was time to play with wood and drink tea.
(Ok I admit I still go for the coffee).
So I could finish up my meditation stool projects.
Been a pleasure working on this in the house of Mr. Meditationstool Jamie.
So I made one for him also, ash, lightweight, shaped for comfort and beauty.
(This will be in another blog later, but here you get a picture of the results).
My workbench while I was here.
(I am a spoiled child here in so many ways, Jamie and Shirley takes so good care of me and I feel like a son that has come home).
Tomorrow I will go back home, when I came I was a little out of balance, my mind is more at peace now, I have been meet with so much love, time for reflection, Shirleys good food, slobber and kisses from the dogs, hours of shaping wood, nice talks, tours in my kayak and so much more.
I will go home and have a heart full of impressions that will be settling in me for many months.
To wind up the tour, I have made a little game for you all.
Spot the difference.
Five things are missing in this picture. ;-)
Do not look in the comments before you have solved it.
Thank you to all that I meet in- and outside the house, most of you know who I mean, a special thanks to Rosslyn once again you touched my heart in many ways, Shirley for being you – wonderful you & Jamie for being my friend and your open arms and mind, our friendship means a lot to me in so many levels.
I have a wee tear in my eye writing this.
Since I hate goodbyes I will say, see you soon. ;-)
Another warm thought to all of you LJ’s here from me in Scotland,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.