On the go

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Mark Baker

Friday, May 11, 2012

As usual, the last week has seen me do a lot of travelling seeing clubs, manufacturers and authors. All very productive and informative but nonetheless, it is tiring. As I get older it takes longer to overcome the effects of the travelling and late nights. Tuesday night I was at Suffolk, Essex, Cambridge Borders club. I thoroughly enjoy such evenings and love the the ribbing that invariably comes my way. It keeps me on my toes. See the club"s website here.

We are always looking at ways to improve the magazine and as always, I appreciate the feedback you give, so keep your thoughts and ideas coming. Nothing ever stands still and things always change – although, there is one constant at the moment.

Tegan and I are in massive planning mode at the moment. June sees me out of the office travelling more than in it so we need to have everything prepared for my being away. Nothing must stop the flow of the magazine and even though I am away, the items still need processing. Holidays and trips always throw up logistical issues, but then that is the nature of the job we are in.

I am working on a series of articles looking at supported forms. I must admit that many years ago, I became somewhat fed up or tired of creating items of work that have bases that are part of the original piece of wood: i.e. a flat or concave face on the underside of a round-bottomed bowl so it sits securely on a surface. This method of working, whilst fine and functional, can be somewhat limiting after a while and I know many other turners have and are exploring this route, too. Are you too working on this concept?

Now I am off to attend a couple of meetings. I will catch up with you all again soon.

Have fun,

Mark

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