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Archive - 2008

Have a great holiday!

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

24 December 2008

Well, the condensed deadlines for the magazines that go to reproduction over Christmas have caused a flurry of activity and will make today’s deadline. This flurry also occurs when we try to take time off for a holiday, and so on at other times during the year too. One definitely needs to be able to ...

Christmas conundrums

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

18 December 2008

Eeek! No woodworking for me this weekend. Demos have finished and despite my protestations Christmas is upon me and I cannot escape it. I have to go shopping on Saturday. Oh heck, actually I can trade off 1 hour shopping – my wife has done most of it after all – as I only have to buy presents or my  ...

Planning

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

11 December 2008

I must admit that this week has been a bit of a blur. Christmas is looming and we are trying to have some holiday during that period, so we are all on a spurt to have everything to ‘reproduction’ by Christmas Eve. The print presses stop for no one and the deadlines still have to be met. Some of thes ...

A dose of realism

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

2 December 2008

I went to the Harrogate show recently and found it to be a direct contrast to some of the woodworking shows that have recently occurred, in as much as it was very busy. My colleague attended the D&M show and it too was busy, as was the Yandles show in the spring. Some others that have occurred recen ...

Bah humbug?

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

25 November 2008

Christmas is looming and once again I am not sure what to buy for people, or what they have bought for me! The credit crunch is biting hard, and in truth I would rather go “bah Humbug!” and would ask for it all to be cancelled. All the commercial trappings of “buy this”, “I want that” and so on and  ...

Personal spaces

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

20 November 2008

I was on a photo shoot yesterday with a turner who is being profiled in an upcoming issue of the magazine. While looking at the work and taking the relevant shots, I noticed how myself, Tegan and Anthony Bailey were all looking at different areas and items. Features to me are somewhat voyeuristic. I ...

Judge not lest ye be judged

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

11 November 2008

I am being cheeky with this blog, as I am using the post I made in this thread by Dave Atkinson as the main body of it. However, I think that it is worthwhile flagging up the subject again here for those of you who may have missed it in the forums. Any competition attracts entries, but some greater  ...

Shows and shavings

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

30 October 2008

Over the last two days I was at the W8 exhibition and Interbuild at the Birmingham NEC and it was a very interesting experience. On the one hand there was the machinery aspect (W8), which was quite sedate and refined. Lots to look at, from the fully automated units aimed at furniture manufacturing c ...

Oh, the joy of a day off

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

21 October 2008

I am a happy man! After 5 weeks of what seemed like non-stop travel, demonstrations and shows, I got to have a day at home with the family on Sunday. Just to be able to sit down and take some time to relax was an immense pleasure, albeit a brief one. I was also able to go to the cinema with my wife  ...

Shows on the decline?

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Mark Baker (Group Editor)

15 October 2008

Having just attended the Midlands Woodworking Show (and being part of the GMC team there) it was a great experience meeting with attendees and readers who came along. The amount of questions asked indicates enquiring minds and a desire to learn. Pepe.joyce commented in the forum, "I was just thinkin ...

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