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The proverbial rabbit hole


Mark Baker

8 July 2019

Have you ever been in a situation where you know more or less what you want to do/make, but when you start another thought comes into your head concerning said project, which, in turn, necessitates a bit more pondering as to how this will impact visually, technically and so on – but think it is a good idea nonetheless?

I found myself in such a situation the other week. I had a plan for a simple open-topped salad/fruit bowl. Nothing fancy, just wonderful wood with a nice complementary shape that would be a beautiful – well, hopefully – well-turned, functional bowl. I had a nice rough-turned bowl, with a cored-out middle section too, in the shop from an earlier batch I did.

For the love of timber


Mark Baker

10 June 2019

It is interesting that many young people do not know what they really want to do when they leave education.

I think that comment would apply to many of us. I think I’ve mentioned in the past that I had two things I loved and wanted to work within. The dominant thought was to be a geochemist, the secondary, albeit only slightly behind the primary option, was to be able to work with timber.

Various home and life factors saw me go down the working with timber route and I have not been disappointed with that choice in any way whatsoever.

British Woodturner of the Year winners announced at Celebrating British craft exhibition


Mark Baker

23 May 2019

The winners of the 2019 British Woodturner of the Year Competition, run in association with Axminster Tools & Machinery, were announced at the Celebrating British Craft exhibition, held at the Oxo Tower in London from 8th May -19th May.

Stephen Spanyol won the Professional Turner category with his set of stacking boxes, Nick Simpson was named Amateur Turner of the Year for his Steampunk-inspired piece, Breakfast with the Alchemist and the Young Turner award went to Nathanael Griffiths for his segmented vase.

A new awareness needed?


Mark Baker

13 May 2019

I often hear people say: ‘I’m bored.’ I smile and then try to work out if they are bored because they don’t know what to do, cannot do what they want, or can’t be bothered to get off their backsides and do something.

I talk to a lot of people and many seem afraid of trying something new or, worse yet, don’t want to do something if it isn’t ready for them to do NOW, with minimal effort. I know that is a sweeping statement, but we all know people for who that statement may well be a good fit.

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