A Surprise from Across the Pacific

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Blog entry by shipwright posted 360 days ago 867 reads 1 time favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A few days ago, just as I was heading out the door for a few days away, a parcel arrived and I just had to take the time to open it. It was from my friend Pete (peteg) in one of my favorite places, New Zealand. Made from native New Zealand rimu, it is a fine gift for a sailor like me ….... a little ship’s wheel clock for desk or mantle …. or maybe even for Friendship’s cabin.

Here is a photo of it beside one of my grandfather’s spurs on our mantle.

............. and it’s signed on the back.

But the surprises didn’t end there. Pete added a little note to the effect that it might be easier for me to re-set it to my time zone rather than him. When I pried the clock out to re-set it I found this.

It’s a real beauty Pete. I will cherish it always and I changed my mind about re-setting it. It will always be set on Auckland time.

Thanks Pete


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

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#1 posted 360 days ago

A very nice present. The sentiments are wonderful and I like that you will be leaving it on Auckland time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

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#2 posted 360 days ago

What a fantastic awesome gift and thought…!

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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#3 posted 360 days ago


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#4 posted 360 days ago

Might fine gesture gents!

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#5 posted 360 days ago

I agree, a very nice gift, carefully and lovingly made! You are right to leave it in NZ time zone.

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#6 posted 360 days ago

Lumberjocks are simply the Best!
Great Thought and Gift Pete, and You are a lucky Man to have such a Friend Paul!

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

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Joe Lyddon

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#7 posted 360 days ago

Wonderful Gift!


Nice thing to do in keeping it set for New Zealand time… but, how do you know when it’s AM or PM? LOL
... I guess once you KNOW it, you’ve got it…

Very nice touch… and Craftsmanship…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 360 days ago

Nice, very nice.
And a great surprise inside.

Good on you guys,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 360 days ago

A lot of “paying it foreward” going on lately. Lots of good people here!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 360 days ago

For you are a jolly good fellow, you deserve it. A handcraft gift like that is full of warmness as time passes by. Congrats and extend my thanks to our mates.

-- Bert

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#11 posted 360 days ago

That is just a super gift! A lifetime treasure. That is what makes Lumberjocks and the “family” here so great!!!!!!!!
How fitting for you, Paul!!
Pete, you are top shelf!!!!!!!!!!

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

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#12 posted 360 days ago

I’m very pleased to see it arrived OK & undamaged Paul & that you like it.
It was a pleasure of course to send you a small gift in return for the fabulous set of coasters you sent.

This was sent in a semi detached state with the clock wheel attached to the stand with lightweight DS tape so Paul could either fix to a wall or attach permanent to the stand.

Cheers Mate

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

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#13 posted 360 days ago

wonderful gift pete, to our friend and mate paul, i know paul will enjoy it for years to come…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 360 days ago

These are the sort of stories that I enjoy most about this site. I feel so privileged to have found all of you and to be in your company.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#15 posted 360 days ago

Wonderful gift, and nice sentiments, they sound old Irish. The one that always amused me was ” I hope your in heaven an hour before the devil knows your dead. Enjoy your timepiece.

-- Tom D

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