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Archive - 2014

Have fun!

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Mark Baker

23 December 2014

I have visited quite a few people recently who have been busy carving fun Christmas items - I will endeavor to show some next year in Woodcarving magazine. The thing that stood out was the sense of fun people were having. I have often mentioned that more fun needs to be had in our chosen hobbies and ...

Countdown to Christmas

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Briony Darnley

18 December 2014

Christmas is certainly upon us! With only a week to go - tomorrow - and things are slowing down in the office. I have now been working here for a year! The time has certainly sped by and I have a feeling the Christmas holidays will too. With the new year, comes New Years" resolutions, of which m ...

Workspaces

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Mark Baker

10 December 2014

I am having a sort out of the GMC carving area at the moment - well, over the next couple of weeks. I think it is a natural thing to adjust things and try to make things more efficient work-wise - especially as an editor with time constraints. That said, everyone has these in one way or other. For m ...

More Venetian carved grandeur

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Mark Baker

5 December 2014

This blog is picking up from my recent post about Venice where I showed photos of the Palazzo Ducale and how I loved the place and its grandeur. Well, before I leave Venice alone for a while there are two more photos I would like to share with you and that is of a doorway into one of the rooms on sh ...

Power carving protection

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Mark Baker

27 November 2014

I have been working with power carving lately and trying out some new burrs and cutters, and apart from the dust generation it is much fun. That is not to say that I do not like hand carving, it is just different. I know people have preferences as to what they use and that choice is personal, but I  ...

Palazzo Ducale, Venice

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Mark Baker

17 November 2014

I am going to continue on my theme about visiting places, which was mentioned in my blog a few weeks ago. I often take lots of photos when out and about and thought you might like to see some of the ones I took on another cheap holiday to Venice. I was amazed at some of the sights I saw and one that ...

The Orsanmichele church and museum

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Mark Baker

5 November 2014

I was on holiday, on a last minute get away break, in Florence with my wife some years back. It was cheap, five-nights including breakfast and flights, it was cheaper than the equivalent stay in a place we would have liked to have gone in the UK. That said, the eating out was not so cheap. Anyway, I ...

Finding time

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Mark Baker

29 October 2014

There are always pressures of time for all of us and how we deal with them is dependent on what they are and urgency. Some conversations have revolved around the aspect of doing ever more for family and friends and that "me time" is a rare commodity, that is in ever-shorter supply. I can who ...

Get involved

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Mark Baker

23 October 2014

The urge to shape and make something is innate in someway or other in us all. There are so many mediums in which this can be done, that the choice is vast and confusing for many. Some people, however, are specifically drawn to a given medium either through possibly meeting someone, or seeing and try ...

Home-made decorations

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Briony Darnley

17 October 2014

I realise it may be a little early to talk about Christmas, but as we are now working on the Christmas issues of the woodworking magazines, I"m seeing more and more carved Christmas decorations popping up. Having grown up placing plastic baubles on my tree at home - unless a gift, they never rea ...

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