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Work smart

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Mark Baker

15 August 2019

I often encounter carvers who know want they want to carve but don’t quite get round to it. Having written that comment, I don’t mean that people cite running out of time, which we all know is the main reason people don’t get round to doing something, but instead, the original comment pertains to people saying they are not sure how to start or do some aspect of what they wish to make.

Carving on turned work

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Mark Baker

1 July 2019

I often hear about what carvers are making and doing. Most say they are not doing as much as they would like, but admit to not focusing on one thing at a time and having many projects on the go at various stages of completion.

Most carvers admit to also pursuing other crafts and hobbies, such as bird-watching, calligraphy, drawing, pottery, photography and so on and some also venture into other woodworking disciplines like cabinetry, marquetry and turning. It is the turning that I am going to pick up on here.

Carved bowls

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Mark Baker

21 August 2018

I have been working on some carved bowls lately, trying out some tools and I have to say: I have been having a blast. I have been using both hand and power carving techniques and loved every minute of it so far

Editor's Blog: How sharp is sharp?

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Mark Baker

24 May 2018

To many sharpening is a tricky subject to master, especially when starting out. Just like any technique, it requires practice to master but I also acknowledge that process of learning is coupled with a bit of frustration until one has. But let's face it: everyone strives to make the perfect cut.

Budapest

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Mark Baker

27 April 2018

  I was on holiday earlier this month and my wife and I had decided to visit Budapest. We had not been to Hungary before and had long discussed it so took the opportunity to do so. I can honestly say that it was an absolute wonder to visit. For those interested in history, it has that in abundance a ...

Satisfaction

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Mark Baker

28 February 2018

There is satisfaction in a job well done. I get a sense of achievement and joy when things go well. Of course the flip side is that I get miffed when they don't. That is soon reversed back to sense of accomplishment when I solve the problem or rectify the error.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Mark Baker

21 December 2017

I have seen more fun and humorous objects carved this year for Christmas than at any other time during my time at GMC. There is something about Christmas where people just have a bit of fun.

Christmas is coming

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Mark Baker

1 December 2017

The North of England Woodworking show has come and gone, and record numbers of attendees, over 9500, means this is the biggest woodworking show of its kind in the UK. It was great to see some great displays of work by various carving groups. The pictures shown in this blog only show a fraction of th ...

Christmas is nearly here

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Mark Baker

19 October 2017

Autumn is here and there is a rush of people getting back in the workshop after summer holidays and other ventures. After the summer people want to spend time in the workshop, often trying to get things done for Christmas. Looking at the attendance of shows and club meetings, and through conversations with people, there is no doubt that for many this is one of the most productive times of year.

Carving on turned work

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Mark Baker

6 April 2017

I have often commented about the increasing number of turnings that have carved elements on them. This trend seems to be ever increasing. I tease turners by saying that turning is only a powered form of carving anyway so you may as well add more elements to the work. Some take up the challenge but whatever people choose to do, this trend of carving on turned work is ever increasing as is evident of the work seen at a recent event in Australia called Turnfest.

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