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Mark Baker

18 February 2015

I"m busy sorting out issues of the magazine at the moment, to get ahead so I can go on holiday without worrying about any potential problems and pitfalls. It is ever the case that one is never off duty, so to speak. I have already mapped out a few visits on holiday that will no doubt yield some  ...

Metal patination

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Mark Baker

11 February 2015

I can"t say I am a happy chap today. Whatever I have been asked, or need to do has gone wrong. It became convoluted or just evolved into a mess. There are days like that for all of us. I must admit to having encountered more of those recently, than I would like and I wonder why that is. Bad luck ...

Finishes

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Mark Baker

6 February 2015

I will be down in the workshop for a bit this week, completing a few articles for the magazine and experimenting with some more new finishes. I think it"s fair to say there has been so much development and a resulting increase in options for us in the area of finishes and abrasives, that we are  ...

Timber requirements

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Mark Baker

26 January 2015

I am busy trying to get my new book finished in time and it is proving to be a lot of fun! I will not say whether the "fun" bit is meant as sarcasm or not, but a challenge it certainly is. On a different note, I have a couple of problems I would like to see if any of you can me help with - n ...

Influences

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Mark Baker

21 January 2015

Most people who know me are aware I take most of my inspiration from old - usually ancient - items. I like looking at ancient civilizations and cultures to see what they made and how they lived. I like looking at the ancient trade routes and how the transportation of goods - in this case bronze, wea ...

Routing

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Mark Baker

12 January 2015

I am working alongside a few people at the moment, concerning routing on the lathe. It is an area that we looked at some time back and it"s one that has a lot more possibilities to it than one might initially think. I use the technique quite a lot on some pieces, but also hand-carve a lot more w ...

Happy New Year!

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Mark Baker

5 January 2015

Let me start by wishing you all the best for the New Year. I am, as you can expect, playing catch up for daring to take time off over Christmas. I must admit to having been totally whacked and tired by the time I got home on Christmas Eve. Christmas was nice and uneventful other than someone passing ...

End of year

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Mark Baker

23 December 2014

Christmas is almost here and I have seen and been part of the melee that is shopping. I have taken to late night visits to shops to try and avoid the queues. But, I am now finished apart from contemplating a late Christmas evening visit to see if there are any bargains. I have now finished the 365 c ...

Final countdown!

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Mark Baker

15 December 2014

Christmas is nearly here and I have seen the melee of the shopping trips, stocking up with things for presents and getting in enough food as if we have a long-siege coming. Maybe the thought of all the people to cater for, people to buy for and the obligatory visits causes this to happen. I think th ...

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Tegan Foley

12 December 2014

Hello, everyone! Well, it"s that time of year when things in the Woodturning office start getting a bit hectic, as we enter our "Christmas crunch" period. I"m glad to say that we are ahead, so I can breathe a sigh of relief, but we still have a few articles to sort out before we can  ...

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