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Archive - 2010 01

Of all the places!

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Mark Baker

28 January 2010

It is a strange world when one walks down the street and goes into a random café and sees a person reading Woodturning magazine. I only noticed once I had ordered the necessary ‘big boy’s’ breakfast, otherwise known as a coronary on a plate or a cholesterol surprise, but I did, and it was what I rea ...

Workshop clear-out

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Mark Baker

26 January 2010

It seems that I have ended up reorganising the corner of the company’s workshop given over to turning and carving quicker than I have been able to do my own. Having a clear-out and reorganising things is somewhat therapeutic. I have more to do on Friday, but we came across two leaks which were cover ...

A relaxing weekend – I hope!

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Mark Baker

22 January 2010

The weekend is upon us and I am wondering what awaits. I want to have a lazy weekend but suspect that since I am not at home next weekend – I am demonstrating away – I suspect I will have to do some more decorating. Ho hum. I want lathe time as I have had enough of that recently and I have design id ...

Silence is golden

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Mark Baker

19 January 2010

Lying awake last night, in the early hours of the morning, I was able to experience that all too rare a moment of total silence. In the majority of instances it is difficult to escape from some form of noise, even if it is the low grade hum of electrical appliances like fridges and so on, but last n ...

Declining numbers

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Mark Baker

15 January 2010

It has been a hectic time lately. The weather has delayed certain things from happening in the order they should, and of course, that throws things out of kilter for a while. I have experienced an increase in the amount of calls to the office and I think that is attributable to people not being able ...

The story of turning a large false acacia blank

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Mark Baker

12 January 2010

There are definitely days when one wonders why one got out of bed. I know I am not alone in having days that whatever one touches, it goes wrong. Well, I was working on a large false acacia (Robinia pseudoacacia) blank about 405mm (16in) diameter and about 180mm (7in) deep, natural-edged burr. This  ...

The snow saga continues

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Mark Baker

7 January 2010

I think it fair to say that this week has seen disruptions to normal services due to snow and ice. I have travelled all over the world and been in up to 4ft snow drifts in Canada, the USA and parts of Europe and they don’t bat an eyelid, but it seems when we get a bit everything grinds to a halt. I  ...

Back to work

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Mark Baker

5 January 2010

I am back at work now and once again into the melee that is the production cycles. I have to say that I am glad to be back. The holiday break was nice, but there is only so much time one can stare at the TV, munch on food and shop. I did manage to read three books. I must admit to being rather proud ...

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