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For the love of timber

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Mark Baker

10 June 2019

It is interesting that many young people do not know what they really want to do when they leave education.

I think that comment would apply to many of us. I think I’ve mentioned in the past that I had two things I loved and wanted to work within. The dominant thought was to be a geochemist, the secondary, albeit only slightly behind the primary option, was to be able to work with timber.

Various home and life factors saw me go down the working with timber route and I have not been disappointed with that choice in any way whatsoever.

British Woodturner of the Year winners announced at Celebrating British craft exhibition

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Mark Baker

23 May 2019

The winners of the 2019 British Woodturner of the Year Competition, run in association with Axminster Tools & Machinery, were announced at the Celebrating British Craft exhibition, held at the Oxo Tower in London from 8th May -19th May.

Stephen Spanyol won the Professional Turner category with his set of stacking boxes, Nick Simpson was named Amateur Turner of the Year for his Steampunk-inspired piece, Breakfast with the Alchemist and the Young Turner award went to Nathanael Griffiths for his segmented vase.

A new awareness needed?

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Mark Baker

13 May 2019

I often hear people say: ‘I’m bored.’ I smile and then try to work out if they are bored because they don’t know what to do, cannot do what they want, or can’t be bothered to get off their backsides and do something.

I talk to a lot of people and many seem afraid of trying something new or, worse yet, don’t want to do something if it isn’t ready for them to do NOW, with minimal effort. I know that is a sweeping statement, but we all know people for who that statement may well be a good fit.

Exciting times

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Mark Baker

25 June 2018

Anyone that knows me or reads the magazines I edit know that I have an interesting juggling act which results in a hectic but oh so interesting life. I do wonder how I would feel if my life were not so hectic. Would I miss the hubbub or would I find that place of quiet that I seek and find in other  ...

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.

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