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Anthony Bailey

30 November 2016

At the weekend I found myself musing about the number of different things my wife and I both do, which don’t count as paid work but do help others. The list is extensive and I’m not going into all of it now and I certainly don’t want to ‘big up’ what we do. We don’t do it for the applause, we do it  ...

Donkey work….

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Anthony Bailey

27 October 2016

Since my last blog things have inevitably been changing, one challenge was my daughter Amber being offered a marquetry donkey or ‘chevalet’ and the actual logistics of bringing it back to Sussex from Buckinghamshire (by car) and then checking it over and some minor maintenance before getting it ship ...

Busy Time…..

Anthony Bailey

30 September 2016

Autumn is a busy time for woodworking related shows. Last week I was at the Bentley Wood Fair, quieter than usual with less stands but still interesting and the weather was kind on the day I went there. APTGW members – Mike Gordon, Richard Bingham and Fionn Turnbull Mike Gordon showing it isn’t all  ...

From Paris to Wrexham - part 2

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Anthony Bailey

18 August 2016

I admit it, it’s been a while since I’ve put anything here, but then it has been busy and stressful on the domestic front. My daughter, Amber, moved back from Paris to our house and thence to Wrexham in North Wales to start her new job. That would be all well and good except she had a mountain of st ...

From Paris to Wrexham!

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Anthony Bailey

30 June 2016

The last month or more has been stressful to say the least at ‘Maison’ Bailey, where plans have been undergoing fine tuning, in concert with my daughter Amber in Paris, to bring her firstly back home, and thence to Wrexham and her first ‘proper job’. It hasn’t been easy, but finally everything (excl ...

Moving on

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Anthony Bailey

17 June 2016

Last weekend I went with my daughter, Amber, to visit Wrexham in North Wales to view a terraced house for her to rent, because at long last she is leaving academia (after a year’s sojourn in Paris) to start a new job as a marquetry assembler. I’m sure she will bring a wealth of knowledge to the job  ...

Ghostly happenings…

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Anthony Bailey

13 May 2016

It’s that time of the year when my blog inevitably relates to me theatre set building activities. This time our May production is The Ghost Train by Arnold Ridley. If you ever watch the TV Dads Army comedy series he is the rather gentle medical orderly. He wrote the play we are performing way back i ...

Harry Corder Greaves - R.I.P

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Anthony Bailey

20 April 2016

You may have read recently in the news of the tragic death of a solo hitchhiker in Peru. In Woodworking Plans and Projects, issue 90, there was a feature on ‘Crafty Little Makers’ written by my daughter Amber. It was about four fellow graduates of Buckinghamshire New University who formed a makers c ...

Stiff little fingers...

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Anthony Bailey

13 April 2016

I was at Yandles Spring Show last weekend. I don’t know if you visited or not but I won’t lie, it was cold standing around in a draughty marquee and very wet in heavy bursts on the Sunday, hence the title above. No one could remember a Yandles Spring Show being quite so bad and there were reports of ...

Stiff little fingers…..

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Anthony Bailey

13 April 2016

I was at Yandles Spring Show last weekend. I don’t know if you visited or not but I won’t lie, it was cold standing around in a draughty marquee and very wet in heavy bursts on the Sunday, hence the title above. No one could remember a Yandles Spring Show being quite so bad and there were reports of ...

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