Grumpy Old Man


Mark Baker

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

It’s official, I can be called a grumpy old man. I have been ribbed something chronic over my recent rails and rants recently. A few people have said I am turning into a grumpy old man and chuckled when saying it. And we had a good old chunter about my musings on peoples’ false perceptions of and the misapplied elements of health and safety due to failure of understanding or being risk averse. I will be the first to hold my hands up and say I make mistakes in H&S as much as anyone else but most of what H&S ask or require is common sense, and for us to think about what you are doing, and how can you minimise the risk of things happening.

I have also commented on the lack of get up and go on peoples’ parts concerning helping on the committees of their local clubs, another comment concerned the decline in woodworking being done by people and the lack of training or proper woodworking and similar practical skills within schools. I must admit it seems as though I have been on a bit of a mission lately. I have not done so out of cussedness, but have commented on things I am hearing from you the viewers and readers of the site, the magazine and when meeting you all at various shows and events. I am not the only one who feels something has to change in order to make things work more smoothly, run better, or be of more benefit to us all.

Woodworking equipment is pro rata to our income cheaper than it has ever been – yes, let me know your thoughts on this one, with more choice than ever and there are so many events we can attend – what more do we need apart from time? Let’s face it – we love what we do, we have passion about what we do and there is such satisfaction of making things. We love the sensation of being able to create, and if I am a grumpy old man for loving this and trying to involve people, play a part in showing and sharing what we do, then I am happy for the title.

I am putting to bed the things that need doing in readiness for my trip abroad. I have many meetings lined up when I get there. I am on a photo shoot tomorrow and on Friday I will leave you in the very capable hands of Tegan in my absence.

Have fun and keep busy in the workshop and let me know what you make while I am away.

Woodworking Events not to be missed:


AAW Sympsosium

WHEN: 24-26 June

WHERE: The St. Paul River Centre, Minnesota



AWGB Seminar

WHEN: 12-14 August, 2011

WHERE: Loughbourgh



Chilterns Craft Show

WHEN: 26-29 August

WHERE: Stonor Park, Henley-on-Thames



Festival of the Tree

WHEN: 26-29 August

WHERE: Westonbirt Arboretum, Tetbury, Gloucestershire



Yandles Autumn Show

WHEN: 9-10 September

WHERE: Yandles, Martock, Somerset



The European Woodworking Show

WHEN: 1-2 October

WHERE: Cressing Temple Barns, Essex



The ‘Tool’ Show

WHEN: 7-9 October

WHERE: Kempton Park Racecourse



Scotland"s National Woodworkers Show 2011

WHEN: 14-15 October

WHERE: Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston

Near Edinburgh, Scotland



IWG Seminar

WHEN: 14-16 October

WHERE: The Malton, Killarney, Co Kerry



North of England Woodworking & Power Tool show

WHEN: 18-20 November

WHERE: Hall 1, Great Yorkshire Showground, Harrogate


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