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Archive - 2015

Christmas rush

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Mark Baker

22 December 2015

We are busy trying to get everything done before the Christmas break. Invariably there is always a lot to do at this time of year and also Easter. Both time periods have condensed schedules and also because it is the holiday season, we end up with various people extending holidays. It all adds up, k ...

Christmas presents

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Mark Baker

7 December 2015

I am smiling as I write this because my last blog caused quite a number of responses. I am surprised that no one disagreed with what I said and that I didn"t get called a "Bah HumBug"! I must admit to having been called that by family members before, so it wouldn"t have been a surpri ...

Countdown to Christmas

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Mark Baker

2 December 2015

So, December is upon us and the silly season of spend and buy that is Christmas is in full flow - and it is still 23 days to go to the big day! Actually, many shops started advertising the Christmas "buy…" campaign in early November, as if we could forget that Christmas was coming. I am surp ...

The North of England Woodworking and Power Tool Show 2015

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Mark Baker

24 November 2015

I was at the "Harrogate" woodworking show last week and it was great meeting up with people and finding out what they have been making and buying. The show was busy although, due to the event being held in a temporary building, it was cold, however, the new building will be up and running we ...

Turning for charity

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Mark Baker

17 November 2015

My turning and carving blogs last week have prompted quite a few people to comment. Thank you for that, feedback is always interesting and very much welcome. I think that clubs and organisations as a whole need to work a lot smarter in how they market themselves and despite what one thinks, it does  ...

A new audience

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Mark Baker

11 November 2015

Having been away for a few days there is always the catching up that one has to do as a result of being away, but I have now got on top of things - well all that I can as there is always something that will come from an unexpected angle or blind side me - and can concentrate on moving forward with n ...

Online instruction

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Mark Baker

3 November 2015

One subject that has been hotly discussed over the last week is that of internet/web-based videos on craft-based subjects. Of course turning is the subject to cover here and there is a fair bit of chuntering about how poor some of the videos/instructors are. A lot of the comments angle towards what  ...

Common turning questions

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Mark Baker

21 October 2015

I have been to a few clubs recently, some just for a visit and some to demonstrate at, which is enjoyable, although the journeys to and from are, at times, a real pain in the proverbial. But, since no one has yet created matter transfer units to speed things up, then car travel is the only viable op ...

Club finances

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Mark Baker

13 October 2015

The nature of what we do as editors involves some travelling and I will be out of the office visiting manufacturers, retailers and a woodturning club this week. It is a nice mix and will enable me to see what is going on and what people are up to, although it"s likely to mean a late night tonigh ...

Interaction

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Mark Baker

9 October 2015

I must confess to not having done much turning lately. My excuse? Well, for the past week, I"ve had a sore neck and shoulder. Goodness knows how I did it, but the last time it happened after I turned my neck to check a side road at a junction and something went "click". All I know is it& ...

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