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Zen garden from drift wood
MaFe’s holydays in Jutland…

Pictures above:
1. The little Zen garden.
2. At the workshop of the summerhouse.
3. Making the box.
4. Dovetails or perhaps eagle tails due to the size…
5. I put plastic inside so the sand would not run out.
6. An old hanger became a garden tool for making the waves.


The coast by Thy, Jutland, Denmark.


So back from holydays, a wonderful time in the North of Jutland, Denmark.
Had some wonderful walks by the beautiful coast and found some drift wood there that was calling my name…
So back to the summerhouse we had borrowed from some friends.
Hmmmmm…. what does this wood want to become…
I felt in peace up here in Jutland, with the wonderful open landscape, the horizon and the silence.

A Zen garden!
Yes it makes sense, the wood that had traveled the sea, the beautiful stones we collected on the beach and sand.

A small garden where nature can be imitated and the sand becomes the waves of the sea.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Japanese_rock_garden

The house we had borrowed also had a small workshop, here I managed to find the basic tools needed.
And soon I had a moment of Zen, making this little garden!
I left the garden in the summerhouse, hoping that it will bring joy to our friends that borrowed us the house.

I hope this could be to some inspiration, who knows perhaps inspiration to some Zen time.

Best thoughts,

MaFe

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





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jjw5858

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#1 posted 08-28-2012 01:52 PM

Wonderful ideas here Mads. We all can use more zen time in our woodwork as well as our daily lives. Projects like this are what the creative experience is all about wether it be joiner, painter or musician.
Thanks for bringing some zen our way.

All the best,

Joe

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

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#2 posted 08-28-2012 02:31 PM

Surely, it will bring them zen. Just the sight of the sand and stone can make them feel calm. I might have to make something like that. Good idea. Instant whiff of salty air!
Ahhh … and that place, simply amazing …

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#3 posted 08-28-2012 02:34 PM

Oh, I was expecting you to bring it home so you could travel back to the holiday in your mind. But to leave it in the house for the next occupant – what a wonderful surprize to come across. Between the waves, the sea air and the zen garden, I would definitely be relaxed!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#4 posted 08-28-2012 03:06 PM

Great project, even on holiday!

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 03:08 PM

I need some zen time. Thanks Mads…...

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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#6 posted 08-28-2012 03:11 PM

:)

-- 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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#7 posted 08-28-2012 03:48 PM

This is soooooo you Mads.

There was no doubt in my mind who the poster was when I saw this.

You are surely the master of the simple, the elegant and the meticulous.
.........and I mean simple in the best possible way.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fiberglass trees. http://prmdesigns.com/

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#8 posted 08-28-2012 05:15 PM

Good idea, Mads. Peaceful and soothing.

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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#9 posted 08-28-2012 05:37 PM

Hello Mafe

A nice idea to keep zen

We all need that in so difficult moments

Thanks for the idea

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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#10 posted 08-28-2012 05:51 PM

That is pretty cool Mads! Pretty cool!
To have Zen In your life is wonderful and you had some to share with others!
Great work! and may peace follow you!

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio..... http://www.etsy.com/shop/WoodenfrogWoodenProd

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#11 posted 08-28-2012 06:42 PM

Love me that driftwood!

-- Holy scrap Barkman!

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#12 posted 08-28-2012 07:19 PM

Beautiful.
Keep up the good work.

flint

-- If I had only known, I would have been a locksmith. - Albert Einstein

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#13 posted 08-28-2012 07:21 PM

Very nice job on that, my friend! You make the best of anything!!............Jim

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

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#14 posted 08-28-2012 08:40 PM

It’s like, Zen & Now ......... ahhhhhhhhhhhh I’m so relaxed…...

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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#15 posted 08-28-2012 11:44 PM

dawn slips into day
I rake the sand and admire
light and shadow, both

nice, mads

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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