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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 ...

Woodworking clubs & organisations

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Mark Baker

22 May 2017

As I travel about seeing various people, items, events and so on, it is evident that there is a lot of activity on the part of people, manufacturers and organisations to develop ideas and to get them done.

AWGB’s 30th anniversary birthday bash

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Mark Baker

17 March 2017

I had the pleasure of attending an event at The Suffolk & Midcoastal Woodturners - www.suffolkmidcoastalwoodturners.co.uk - on Saturday, where Andrew Hall was the guest demonstrator for the day. The event was part of the AWGB’s 30th anniversary birthday bash: www.awgb.co.uk/30th-anniversary-birt ...

It's goodbye from me

Briony Darnley

7 March 2017

So, I’m very sad to say that today is my last day at GMC Publications, working as Deputy Editor on the four Woodworking magazines. I came to GMC as Editorial Assistant to Woodturning, Woodcarving, Furniture & Cabinetmaking and Woodworking Plans & Projects (now Woodworking Crafts) three years ...

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21 December 2017
It’s that time of year again

12 December 2017
Preparation

10 November 2017
Showtime

21 September 2017
Autumn Woodturning Blog

7 August 2017
Creativity

12 July 2017
Catching up

20 June 2017
Up to my neck in it...

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