Galootaclaus 2006 Arrives!

Below are photos of my “Galootaclaus 2006” gift from Derek Cohen from down-under (Perth, Australia to be exact). If you don’t know what/who Galootaclaus is, I recommend that you join the OldTools email list and find out.

I received the most unbelievable handmade marking knife and awl set (in handmade hand-dovetailed box) from Derek!!!

Holy cow! I “tried” to wait until Christmas…but you know…anyway its a “good thing” to open international packages immediately (wink).  So, I opened it a couple of days before Christmas and emailed Derek.

All I can say is “wow” what beautiful work!  Thanks to Derek very much for my Galootaclaus gift…it is excellent.  I have already used the marking knife.  I am truly honored to have a piece of his work.

This is my first time in participating in Galootaclaus and I am truly amazed at the people on the OldTools list and the way that Galootaclaus works based purely on the good-will of the participants.  Renews my belief in mankind!

Seems as if Australia is also the center of many good woodworking things.  I would really like to make a trip sometime soon.

Hope you had a very Merry Christmas!

About mattsanf

Matt Sanfilippo is the Chief Partnership Officer (CPO) for the College of Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and Co-Director of its Engineering Research Accelerator. In this role, Matt coordinates and enables strategic and sponsored research opportunities across the college, and stewards the development of proposals for major research opportunities along strategic themes. Additionally, he enables collaboration among the college's research institute/center executive directors, and industrial and government relations personnel in the pursuit of opportunities with industry, federal and state governments. Before becoming CPO for the College, Matt was the Senior Executive Director for Research Initiatives, the Executive Director of CMU's SII (Smart Infrastructure Institute) and ICES (Institute for Complex Engineered Systems), and Associate Director of PITA (Pennsylvania Infrastructure Technology Alliance) and RAMP (Research for Advanced Manufacturing in Pennsylvania). Before CMU, Matt was Managing Director of Applied Technology for Michael Baker Corporation, an engineering and energy services firm. Matt managed Baker's technology division including Geographic Information System (GIS), software and web development, multimedia, virtual reality, visualization, Global Positioning System (GPS), mapping and surveying services. Before joining Baker, Matt was an Innovation Director for Redleaf Group, a Venture Capital/Operating Company focused on information security, supply chain and mobility solutions. While at Redleaf, Matt managed technical due diligence for seed-stage investments and coordinated relationships between Redleaf and their partner companies. Prior to Redleaf, Matt was CIO of GZA GeoEnvironmental Technologies, an infrastructure engineering firm, and operations manager for their Internet start-up that focused on web-technologies for health and safety and manufacturing metrics. Matt is on the board of Larson Design Group (LDG), past Chairman of the Board for the Pittsburgh Botanic Garden, current board member of the Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation (PHLF), current Vice President of the Sewickley Heights Gun Club (SHGC) and former member of the Information Sciences and Technology Advisory Board for the Pennsylvania State University Beaver. Matt is also former Vice President of the Pittsburgh Chapter of the Association of Internet Professionals and former Vice President of the Board of Trustees for Baker Combined Charity of Pennsylvania.

Posted on December 27, 2006, in Weblogs, Woodworking. Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Absolutely beautiful. This set is extraordinary. I’ve been planning to build a marking knife on Derek’s model, but first I need a lathe and a grinder 😛
    Thanks so much for sharing this gift with us and for taking such great pictures of it!

  2. Nice stuff. Design work is Excellent. It will looks good.
    wood carving tools

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