Gift from Big Footed Dane

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Blog entry by swirt posted 11-22-2010 06:51 PM 2409 reads 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The post office delivered a wonderful gift today. It had traveled roughly 4000 miles or 7000KM to get here from what looks to be a wonderful island in Denmark.

My LumberFriend DennisGrosen had sent me a package.

The box contained an incredibly well wrapped package, a very thoughtfully written and heart warming Christmas card from Dennis and his family, and a load of packing puffs that my son had a good time with.

Thankfully they kept him busy, which gave me time unwrap all the protective layers on this package. Dennis obviously loves tools as much as I do. :)

Inside was a folding ruler that measures up to 2M or 76 inches…...errr wait, last time I checked 2m was closer to 79inches. Then I recalled a discussion Dennis and I had about the existence of the Danish Inch on one of Mafe’s greasepot posts…Mafe is good at bringing people together. This folding ruler measures in Danish (Dansk) inches.

The old Danes must have had big feet because their inches are 3% longer than the “English” system. The folding joints are tight and the ruler is very light. It is a pleasure to use. I must take care not to use it accidentally though … perhaps it should go on a plaque to remind me that in the event my woodworking is off by 3% that there is still somewhere in the world where I can be right.

Thank you Dennis for a wonderful gift, the smile on my face and the warmth in my heart. LumberJocks has some of the best people on it and you are certainly one of them.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#1 posted 11-22-2010 07:14 PM

Very thoughtful person.
Make a note: We don’t want to use Danish ruler while fishing either.

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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#2 posted 11-22-2010 07:40 PM

Makes a person wonder what other measurements are out there!!

Standard , Metric , Dansk

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#3 posted 11-22-2010 07:40 PM

This is very nice and thoughtful !!
The true spirit of the LJ community….sharing !
Now you can make “bigger” projects…hehe : )


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#4 posted 11-22-2010 07:41 PM

Yes, very nice gift!

On another note: Maybe you do want to take this one fishing where you have slot limits! For those who may not understand this terminology- in Florida we have limits to what size fish we are allowed to keep such as Redfish or often called Red Drum which you are allowed to keep if they fall between the measurements of 18” to 27”. So having this ruler would benefit the upper size limits but still not legal in courts????

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#5 posted 11-22-2010 10:06 PM

Good idea Bearpie ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 11-23-2010 02:46 AM

Huuuuraaayh it´s arived in one peice :-)
I was a little worry´d since you didn´t make a sound on a Pm :-) didn´t know how long it wuold take.
about the wrapping :-) there is havey rummours on the jungledrums that the mailsystem is
very hard on small packages up to chrismas time :-(
and I thought you shuold have a little fake snow to get irretated over ….LOL (if I cuold have found
the little ones it wuold have been full of them instead to get all over the house ….. :—)) LOL

and yes Steve I have a big foot , before they closed the shipyards I got my shoes build on Burmeister Wain
and later on Lindø now I don´t know where to ordre next time I need new shoe or boots :-(

I´ll bett you will get some big luagh´s in the future from time to time when you deside its time to
make some pratical jokes …... but be aware its a two edge sword you have now so ceep it close to you :-)

Bearpie : will you bett about the court (just becourse a judge deside it he can´t change a messure
that had been proofed several hundreds years ).....LOL

DaddyZ : what do you call standard :-) when it comes to inches there is nothing that is standard
we know we have the English you call imperial then we have the Danish and Norwegian witch is the same
and then there is Sweden I´m not sure there cuold be the same as Danish but I think its a little different again
then we have the Frence system but I don´t know anything of it
the only thing I can recall to be a standard all over the world is the metric system
and when you look into screws and nut you can count the japanese metric in there too
but as you say what ells is out there ? :-)

to all : if you want to know how precise your folding ruler is then have it with you if you ever
come to London there is a ruler in a building and under glass with very precise humidity
where it has been desided /controlled sceinticfic that the ruler is precisely 2 meter
just as a side note :-) the standard must be 2 meter ….LOL

have a great safe week

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#7 posted 11-23-2010 06:11 AM

It arrived safe. I didn’t mean to insult your shoe size in particular ;) it was just a play on words to make a joke that if your inches are longer, then your foot must be longer too. Sorry to hear you are running out of places to make longer shoes.

SNOW…. shhh don’t say that word. It is coming soon enough here, and I am not ready for it yet.

Thanks again Dennis. It was a fun gift.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 11-23-2010 06:29 AM

it was taken as the playing with words I very well got the joke this time ..LOL
ain´t ready for the winther yet :-)
neither am I :-( and sorry I forgot to say its a great picture of your boy :-)

take care

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#9 posted 11-23-2010 06:42 AM

A great to share.


-- 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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#10 posted 12-05-2010 06:03 AM

Had a good laugh today. I was watching last week’s episode of the Woodwright's Shop (episode 30-07 Who Wrote The Book of Sloyd) and in the middle where Roy is just about to start making a Sloyd Bench hook, he pulls out a folding Danish ruler and comments on how he learned the hard way that the Dansk inch is a bit longer than the English inch and said that a Danish friend left that ruler in his shop.

Dennis have you been sending gifts to Roy too? ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#11 posted 12-05-2010 02:24 PM

LOL ha ha :—)) ha ha
that wuold have been a wonderfull joke to pull out ha ha
and a great story to tell over the coffeetable :-)

Steve I only send small gift to people i talk with and Roy isn´t on the list
and a Danish ruler isn´t for everyone to handle ,the rulers demand talent people as masters

I just hope it´s possiple to see that episode soon so I can laugh with you
I can only imaging how frustrated he had been just the few minuts before he discovered
what was wrong with the project ha ha ha …it wuold have been a blast to be the fly on the wall

thank´s for the opdate of the tale with a big smile
hope you have a chance to make some practical jokes with yours :-)

take care

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#12 posted 12-05-2010 03:00 PM

Dennis that was a very nice thing to do and swirt what a wonderful gift that you received. Nice show.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 12-06-2010 03:56 AM

Dennis, I think they only post the videos of the shows on the website once the entire season has run. So you should only have to 4 or 5 more weeks until they go into re-runs.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 04:06 AM

I think you are right Steve or at least when the new season start
I have just watch some of the 2007 broadcasts today I still have to make up my mind about him
I can´t say what it is but something had tricked my red warning light about him
and the bells was ringing too when I did see the one about Japanese tools and planes


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#15 posted 12-06-2010 06:15 AM

He plays dumb a lot. Especially when he has guests. He lets them shine by playing dumb as a way to get them to focus on the concepts he wants them to describe. Keep in mind,he’s been doing this show for 30 years. It is hard to find a concept that he hasn’t shown several times … so on many of the concepts, instead of playing the experienced “know it all” he plays the “eager to learn simple guy” and lets the guest star educate him. It’s kind of a “Southern American” gentleman approach.

-- Galootish log blog,

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