|Forum topic by mafe||posted 10-20-2010 03:28 PM||1751 views||0 times favorited||22 replies|
10-20-2010 03:28 PM
Three men, one mission.
At 1400 I drove into the main parking of the central station, I grabbed the mobile, and called Napoleon to tell him I was there now, he reply that he and Flemming was waiting outside on the other side of the building, next to Tivoli. Since the traffic in Copenhagen are mainly on way, the were going to me, and Napoleon asked me; ‘but how will we know it’s you?’ and I reply; ‘I will be the only vintage architect, wearing hat, glasses and a pipe in front of a old Fiat Punto’. And so we meet, it was really fine to get some faces on the LJ writings, even I was a little disappointed when I realized Napoleon was not wearing a uniform, and did not came riding on a horse, with his arm in his jacket – but what the heck, he also had a civilian name, Thomas.
So of we went to visit the work of Napoleon, but on our way we passed a antique marked, where Napoleon, had spotted we could have coffee, and there were some old tools to look at.
Off to Napoleons work (boat builder), here we had a nice time, where we looked at all the wonderful wood, old big planks, the heavy machinery, the place that are a mess, but also with a wonderful atmosphere, and smells of oil, tar and wood was mixed in the nose so I became all euphoric.
Of course I looked at every piece of wood, and Napoleon surprised me, by having made a big movers box full of wood for me, to bring home, so I did not need to find all my wood in containers any more he said (and as you can see on the picture, it was not easy to live up to, and I think I will always look).
Also we passed a wonderful old model of a ship, and he offered this, and I ended up with this in my car also (I was the faster to say yes…), this ship are now here on the floor in my living room, and I smile each time I look at it.
So after loading some wood and cola into the car, off we went to my home.
A little shopping on the way, some chocolate, potatoes and root fruits.
We arrived at my place, and Napoleon noticed my little green tower project before we entered the apartment. At this time, the three of us, was really as we had known each other for a long time, so the talking went on (not that I talk a lot…), and Flemming and Napoleon, was full of questions about all my strange things, like my large collection of water color (aquarelle boxes), and some of all the other things that can be found all around in my apartment (I’m a collector of beauty and things with a history). Also we had plenty of coffee, and red wine, so the hours just went, and it was later before we helped each other to make some food, that we left in the oven, while we went to the work shop, to open my box of wood, and also to look at and touch some tools, and yes start the saw test.
Wauuuuuuuuuuu, there were so much beautiful wood, in that box, and also little things for Flemming, it was almost impossible not to give Napoleon a big hug, so I did. I’m in the wooden sky!
Time passed so quick, that we agreed it must be time to get back up, for some dinner (the potatoes with root fruits, and red wine, had now had two hours, so they were tender enough…).
Ohhh, and I forgot to tell that Napoleon had helped me to get a good price on a Veritas scraping plane, a japanese marking knife and a mitre gauge, so this was tested too, and we were all both impressed, by the quality, and the work of this sweet scraper baby.
The same evening I was expecting another LJ’s arrival (Dennisgrossen), so I was heading home, a little tired, to prepare the next twenty four hours this you can read about here .
Thank you both, it was a wonderful twenty four hours, that will stay in my heart for a long time, and I know for sure I have made some new friends, and that I will pass Napoleons work once in a while to get the wonderful smell there in my nose, and enjoy his friendship,
-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.