My grandfather made some sweet stuff in his life.

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Forum topic by Laserblue posted 07-08-2009 05:27 PM 1348 views 1 time favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-08-2009 05:27 PM

my first post here I would like to dedicate to my grandfather

My grandfather Dr. J.L. van Eijk (1916-2002) was a dr. in chemistry at Utrecht University and didn’t start woodworking until after his retirement
He bought some books and went to musea to get some inspiration.

He made about a hundred boxes with intarsia of birds and flowers
about 15 coffeetables with billy-goats, flowers and birds, chessboard/cardtable designs
2 sailboats and a few cabinets.

When I came home with my first intarsia table he looked at it fore half an hour, inspected it from top to bottom and said: “nice”
But from my uncles and aunts I heard that he was always bragging about me and that he was proud of what I could make in such a short time.

here are a few of his works.

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#1 posted 07-08-2009 05:40 PM

WOW Your grandfathers work belongs in a museum or a palace some of the most outstanding work I’ve ever seen A wonderful tribute

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#2 posted 07-08-2009 05:40 PM

WOW great body of work. Thanks for sharing it.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 07-08-2009 05:49 PM

Your grandfather was a true wood artist. Very very impressive works.

Thank you so much for sharing this with us.


-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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#4 posted 07-08-2009 05:54 PM

a1Jim’s comment is right on.


-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#5 posted 07-08-2009 06:06 PM

WOW! What A1 Jim said. Bill

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#6 posted 07-08-2009 06:25 PM

What an incredibly talented man he was!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-08-2009 06:35 PM

I agree he was very talented

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#8 posted 07-08-2009 07:14 PM

Your Grandfather was truly a fine craftsman!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 07-08-2009 07:34 PM

Wow, he did some amazing work. He should be a great inspiration to you and I’m sure you make him proud.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#10 posted 07-08-2009 08:12 PM

Thank you for sharing those extraordinary works with us. He was indeed a person with phenonenal talent.

I have to say that my thirst for woodworking was started by watching and then helping my grandfather making furniture in his shop. Watching him bringing out the wood as he called it has always been an inspiration to me…and striving to come close to his level is one of my true goals.

Thanks to all those old timers that showed us the real craft in craftsmanship.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#11 posted 07-08-2009 09:48 PM

Exquisite detail and design! He was a true craftsman! Thank you for sharing.

God Bless

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#12 posted 07-08-2009 10:08 PM

And you say he started doing this after he retired ??? WOW….I would be lucky to be half that good if I spent an entire lifetime in the shop !!!! You have every reason to be proud !!!!

-- Don S.E. OK

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#13 posted 07-08-2009 11:56 PM

Is that your grandad in the last pic? He’s adorable! And that piece he made with the birds is exquisite.

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