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Look what came with the postman (thanks to Alba)

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Project by mafe posted 09-24-2010 06:07 PM 3288 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Look what came with the postman!
I want to send a thank you to Alba.

Some days ago I received a PM from our fellow LJ Alba from Scotland (Jamie).
He wrote me if he could send me a piece of burl, ‘It may make a nice Grease Box’ he wrote.
And I said yes, how could I refuse this wonderful offer.

This morning the postman came with a pack, and I was a little confused, since I had not ordered any hand planes lately… (Budget is running kind of low with the pension now).
But as soon as I could see it came from Scotland, my smile was wide as a garden gate.
- And you can see on the pictures that it only became bigger when I opened it.

What a wonderful man, to write me a letter like that, and to tell you a example of his optimistic look at life he learned me something:

There are no rain, only liquid sunshine.

That’s one beautiful piece of burl; it’s so beautiful that I will almost not have the heart to cut it.

I do not know what sort of woof it is, but its dark like Walnut – help me here Jamie!

The best of thoughts from my heart, a big thank you, and a giant smile that will not get of my face

Mads

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





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#1 posted 09-24-2010 06:11 PM

Very cool story and had a few similar acts of kindness from fellow Lumberjocks! I’m always eager to meet and helo our fellow LJ’s. Make sure if you use it to post the project. Thx.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-24-2010 06:20 PM

Alba is a real sweetheart.

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#3 posted 09-24-2010 06:21 PM

oh wow, what a treat. seems like it’s LJs for LJs week. touche Alba, Enjoy the candy Mads!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 09-24-2010 06:21 PM

Looks great…what a nice gift..cant wait to see what you plan to make from it.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#5 posted 09-24-2010 06:25 PM

what a niice gestus from Alba
aah that was the piece you talked about over the telefone
now I can understand why you were so excided Mads
huu that want some scarysharp tools and scrapers before its behave like you want :-)

good luck with it I´m sure you will get the best out of it

take care
Dennis

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#6 posted 09-24-2010 06:28 PM

Man, what a nice piece of wood, Mads. I suppose you will have to think a little bit about what you are going to do with that little treasure. I know that you won’t waste it that’s for sure. And what a nice gift from your friend, Alba.

God Bless, Mads. Have fun!!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles, http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

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#7 posted 09-24-2010 07:00 PM

The wood looks fantastic. I am pretty sure you make something equally fantastic out of it.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#8 posted 09-24-2010 08:05 PM

Have fun with the burl Mads… and you are a sweetie Alba/Jamie! :)

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 09-24-2010 08:32 PM

Bravo Scotty, also enjoy your Burl Mafe its beautiful…BC

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#10 posted 09-24-2010 09:07 PM

Burl, Burl Burl, I love Burl!

-- Greg, Southern Oregon, www.oregonburls.com What can I say but God Is Good!

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#11 posted 09-24-2010 09:14 PM

Looks like Burr Elm to me, Mads.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#12 posted 09-24-2010 09:15 PM

congratulations mads :)
it’s a beautiful piece, and i look forward to see what you turn it into!

-- -- It's only a mistake if you can't fix it.

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#13 posted 09-24-2010 09:48 PM

Friendship always sticks a smile on my face :) Very nice burl here!

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

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#14 posted 09-24-2010 10:09 PM

Well done Alba, you’ve sent it to a most deserving man!

Decisions, decisions Mads. What will it be?!

-- Div @ the bottom end of Africa. "A woodworker's sharpest tool should be his mind."

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mafe

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#15 posted 09-24-2010 10:21 PM

Hi all,
I have no difficult in knowing what it will be!
One part will be a grease box, since this was a suggestion from Jamie.
One part will become a Scotish inspired knife, with handle of this burl. One of those knifes the Scotish wear under the kilt (perhaps I can wear a kilt at my future wedding with Caroline, and then I have a way to defend my self if she try something… on the wedding night).
One part I will make a little box for, and keep it as a memory, I have one box like this with the champagne cork, from the day where I fanaly goy my pension.
And if there are any left I will have to use my imagination.
Thank you Jamie, and thank you all for the words for him, he deserve it.
Best thoughts, and a giant smile,
Mads

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

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