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  • I’d like to ask you Cowbirders a question. What’s your favourite smell?

    For me it’s fresh wooden chips from hand plane in carpenter’s workshop.

    I think our most favourite smells bring forth some deep memories or stories from our lifes. Smells stay longer in our memory than names and places. I can tell it from my Grandma, she could remember childhood smells over one hundred year back. Actually she didn’t only remember them, she could smell them in her nose with nostrils flaring after a century.

    My Grandma’s father Anselm was a carpenter. He used to build a house for his family and then sell it and then he built another house for his family and sold it too. His family moved a lot, from house to house along his carpenter’s work. There’s one neighbourhood in Sastamala, his home town, full of nice wooden houses built by him. Still standing steady after 100 years.

    I never had a chance to see my carpenter Grandgrandpa, Anselm died before I was born. But I have some pieces of furniture around built by him. Most important for me has been perhaps a crib where my son used to sleep first years of his life.

    So, a smell of fresh chips coming from a plane bring me a lot of memories. That’s Anselm’s hand plane in picture above, by the way.

    But what about you, dear Cowbirder? What’s your favourite smell? Tell the story. I'm all ears.
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