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The challenge of cutting

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Mark Baker

3 May 2018

To achieve a beautiful cut is a great experience. We all strive for it but it doesn’t happen all of the time. There are many factors as to why this might not occur and that these are sharpness of tool, presentation angle of tool and cutting edge, timber used, where one is trying to cut and so on. Bu ...

Developing work - Easter Holiday

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Mark Baker

29 March 2018

  Easter is upon us and I have received a lot of correspondence about what people are hoping to do over the bank holiday. The number one comment is that people hope they have time in the workshop making things. Oh, and spending time with the family. Regarding the making of things, do send me picture ...

Cold and busy

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Mark Baker

1 February 2018

At the time of writing, the weather is somewhat erratic and has stopped me from tidying up the shed and the garden. The workshop is almost there now, but I do wonder if a workshop is ever wholly finished.

It’s that time of year again

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Mark Baker

21 December 2017

My last demo of the year is on Saturday. That demo is always fun: I have been doing that weekend for quite some time for the club and in truth, the club members usually use it as an excuse to take the mickey out of me. Hopefully they learn a few things along the way too as I work through some projects and techniques.

Preparation

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Mark Baker

12 December 2017

Most people are now well and truly in the preparation for Christmas mode. I see the scramble in shops to get the presents and food already. The food will no doubt go in the freezer but with the size of the trolleys one would think that dinners for 100 people or so being undertaken. We will have 11 r ...

Showtime

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Mark Baker

10 November 2017

It is that time of year when everyone seems to be busy making things and many clubs, manufacturers and retailers are preparing for the North of England Woodworking show in Harrogate 17-19th November.

Autumn is here

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Mark Baker

21 September 2017

The leaves on some of my maple trees are changing colour now. Looking down from the office window over the lower levels of Lewes, many of the trees in view are in various stages of that leaf colour change. I love this time of year. In fact autumn and spring are my two favourite months. I love seeing the growth in spring and the colours develop and likewise, the colours and changes in autumn and the slow but inexorable decline of the plants into their winter slumber.

Creativity

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Mark Baker

7 August 2017

I have long been amazed by the variety of things craftspeople and artists make and create. I believe that we all have the innate desire to be creative and that is outworked in various ways. Each route will involve learning techniques and rules of some sort and many may involve dealing with and understanding risks and hazards of some kind or other.

 

Catching up

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Mark Baker

12 July 2017

I have just about caught up from being away at the AAW, ploughing though the various things that need attention, and it is only in the quieter times at night when there is time to reflect upon conversations, events and what one has seen that there is any ways one can properly sequence things. he AAW ...

Up to my neck in it...

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Mark Baker

20 June 2017

As I write this I am, as the title says, up to my neck in things trying to make sure everything is done in an orderly manner in the time slots prescribed. To compound time issues, I am about to visit the AAW symposium in Kansas city – no pun intended, but a flying visit time wise, will see me fly ou ...

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