Thoughts on the magazine content


Mark Baker

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

The North of England Woodworking Show in Harrogate last weekend was a fun show to attend and demonstrate at. Lots of questions were asked, not only about the demonstrations but also about the magazine. Such conversations really do highlight the eclectic views and aspects in terms of what people are tackling. I love the interaction and feedback. I also love the passion and desire to learn from everyone who takes the time to talk to interact - I will always do what I can to help.

My job as Editor is really a facilitator and my role is to organise and try to accommodate everyone’s wishes in the magazine and on our website. Now, as you can imagine, there are often conflicting requests and that means I am not able to bring about all requests in their entirety all the time. One person wanted to have the magazine only deal with natural-edge work – specifically wet work - and one person only wanted ever to see British timbers and the articles written by British people. The list of requests goes on. One chap said he didn’t mind reading about anything related to turning at all. He said he wasn’t at the stage of being able to do everything shown, but found it interesting and picked what he wanted from each article and kept the rest for later on if he wanted to go down that route. That is a balanced view if ever there was one!

Most understood that turning is a broad church so to speak, and the magazine, while being created in the UK, sells a lot of copies abroad, too. With such a diverse readership, we need to cover many different aspects and elements in the magazine. Woodturning is growing and expanding all the time. That said, the magazine is but one element whereby people can access information. By its nature, it has a limited number of pages to achieve an end result, which hopefully provides something for everyone most of the time. Yes, there is a lot in it, but when people wish to lock into or explore specific routes, one also needs to go to other areas to gain knowledge, too. Books, DVDs, websites and forums, etc. play a part. Often as people develop their skills and likes, the need for research is done outside of the woodturning arena, so to speak. Often involving architecture, history, glass, ceramics, culture, religion, cloth, printing, and the list goes on. The ability to take inspiration and explore further from these diverse routes is part of a rich and healthy appetite in our journey of development.

Have fun in your chosen journey and remember, keep an open mind and enjoy the experience. If we don’t make mistakes, then we never learn and remember to give yourself permission to make those mistakes. I have a whole pile of them in my workshop and I enjoyed every one.

Have fun,


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