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Areas for consideration

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Mark Baker

6 July 2016

I have been pondering for a long while on various conversations of what people want from the groups, organisations and events they go to and there seems to be four common areas from all the conversations: Information: People want clear concise information that helps them work better, solve a problem ...

Connections

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Mark Baker

23 June 2016

Turning and carving have a natural symbiosis with each other. It is evident that many turners also carve or ‘enhance’ their work with carved detail and the carving community comprises of a lot of people who carve turned work. They may or may not do the turning part themselves and that should not mat ...

Your work

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Briony Darnley

17 June 2016

As Mark is away this week I have the chance to tell you in this blog all about a wonderful email I received a couple of weeks ago! It was from a new reader, Wendy. She had been in touch to tell me how much our magazine has helped her and led her to creating a beautiful trophy piece... her very first ...

Criticism or critique?

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Mark Baker

1 June 2016

Quite a few people have spoken to me regarding a comment I made in my blog posted 6 May, 2016 where I said: "The problem I have is when someone appears to deem one form of carving better than another." Apparently, some people have gone down a given route and style of carving they like and have had p ...

Horse chestnut

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Mark Baker

18 May 2016

I love this time of year. The weather is getting better and loads of things come to life and bloom. A wonderful horse chestnut tree is in bloom near the office. I must admit I love the look of this species of tree and also working with the wood. I think it is much underrated. It is on the light side ...

New materials

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Mark Baker

6 May 2016

I mentioned in my last leader that people are exploring using a wider variety of timber and other materials when carving. It should come as no surprise that there have been quite a few responses and comments have come back where people tell me what they have been working with. Various timbers, lamin ...

Different woods

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Mark Baker

27 April 2016

As you can imagine, I am always having conversions with people covering diverse subject matters and hearing about what people are up to and doing is always great fun. One subject cropping up is that of other timbers carvers are using in their work. The staples of oak, lime, walnut, jelutong, sweet c ...

The Newark show

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Mark Baker

22 March 2016

I was at the Newark show last weekend and had a great time. It was nice to catch up with the various clubs and organization, and see the various stands and see what they are all up to. The stands were busy and the people who displayed work put on a good show and answered lots of questions from the p ...

Grinling Gibbons

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Mark Baker

9 March 2016

It’s funny what we see on our journeys. I was meeting up with a friend for dinner on Monday and we went to a restaurant called Middlefield in Mayfield, on reading about the history of the pub in their menu/brochure – they list a little on their website: www.themiddlehousemayfield.co.uk/history.php.  ...

Members Choice

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Briony Darnley

29 February 2016

For this blog I really must refer to our Members’ Choice post, from Friday 19 February. The pick was a wooden wallet, carved by our Forum member, Monkeybiter. I was immediately struck by this realistic carving in lime (Tilia vulgaris) as during my time working here, I find myself drawn to the realis ...

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