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Almost Christmas!

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Anthony Bailey

20 December 2013

Here in the ‘woody’ office at GMC Publications we have been busier than usual trying to compress magazine production cycles so we can get as far ahead as possible and beat our printers extended holiday deadlines. Not easy but we’ve done it as we always do, with a little time for reflection and how t ...

Straight and Level

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Anthony Bailey

26 November 2013

Last week, I was making up a butcher"s block for the magazine: all the strips of end grain were cut, glued and assembled, then clamped up and left to set. So far so good. A serious belt sanding with 80 grit over the end grain surfaces flatted it quite effectively, but I then needed to true up th ...

Seat of Learning

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Anthony Bailey

19 November 2013

When I’m not busy putting a magazine together, or making projects and doing techniques to go in the magazine, I’m never far removed from some aspect of woodworking or wood. Last Friday I was at our village footpath group who are responsible for maintaining stiles and paths in the area, as well as ca ...

Arrividerci!

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Simon Frost

12 November 2013

Hi all, I’m sad, though excited, to say that this is my last WPP blog, as I am leaving GMC today and getting ready for a year of travelling in Italy, beginning in one week! I have been here for some 20 months now and working with the WPP team has been a pleasure. I have learned such a lot from my co ...

Remember, remember

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Anthony Bailey

5 November 2013

Here in rainwashed Lewes, the town is readying itself for what is the original and one of the biggest celebrations of Guy Fawkes Night, and being town steeped in history – the Gunpowder Plot, the Battle of Lewes, Tom Paine, the Lewes Martyrs, Simon DeMontfort, the destruction of Lewes Priory by Henr ...

A lightbulb moment

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Anthony Bailey

21 October 2013

This weekend I had a definite DIY job in mind and I knew it wasn’t going to be easy, but it just got a whole lot worse... We live in a Victorian terraced house in a village, we know the centre ‘core’ of the property was built in 1829 as a bakery, then later used as grocers and drapery before residen ...

University Challenge

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Anthony Bailey

14 October 2013

Yesterday, a very wet Sunday that is, the Bailey family paid a visit to High Wycombe so we could visit my daughter Amber who is studying Furniture Restoration, Conservation and Decorative Arts (BA) at Bucks New Uni. It was a chance to catch up and bring some goodies to an impoverished student! While ...

I can resist everything...

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Anthony Bailey

27 September 2013

Well almost, but to be fair when I was at the Bentley Woodfair last weekend I resisted the temptation to agree a tool dealers’ ‘best offer’ of £85 on a Union No.7 jointer plane! I nearly gave in, as it all looked good and original, Bentley is where my serious tool collecting began the year before so ...

Lazy Sunday Afternoon

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Anthony Bailey

19 September 2013

I understand the weather’s going to improve a bit for the weekend, which is just well for all of us, and in my case because I shall be visiting the Bentley Woodfair, East Sussex on Sunday 22nd. It’s just a few miles from home, but it would be nice if it stays fair – last year the Sunday was a washou ...

Go West

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Anthony Bailey

9 September 2013

I’ve been so busy I haven’t had a chance to mention that I was going to be at Yandles Woodworking Show in September. So I headed down to Martock in Somerset last Friday with a 4.00am start and got set up at Yandles in good time for the Show to open. This was just as well because it seemed to unoffic ...

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