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Anthony Bailey

6 April 2016

Listen up folks, this weekend – 8-9 April – I will be manning the GMC magazine stand at Yandles Spring Show, Martock in Somerset. A great and very unique event set in a historic timberyard. My colleague, Tony Kwasniak, will in charge of our vast range of woodworking craft books as well, hopefully se ...

Come rain, come shine

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Anthony Bailey

4 April 2016

This last weekend typified English weather at it’s best and worst down here in Sussex. A chilly start followed by bright, warm spring sunshine, only to dampen the spirits by late afternoon on both days. I got lots of irritatingly delayed DIY jobs out of the way on Saturday and had the covers off my  ...

That shrinking feeling

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Anthony Bailey

22 March 2016

This last weekend gone, being a ‘newbie’ to green woodworking myself - my skill mainly being with axe and maul for log splitting - I thought I really ought to have a go and put the workshop bench to one side for a change. I joined up with fellow members of a large enthusiastic group of Sussex APTGW  ...

Open space

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Anthony Bailey

17 February 2016

Regular blog readers will probably be aware that I am a member of our village volunteer footpath group. We maintain footpaths, clear brambles, repair stiles and install waymark signs so walkers can use the extensive footpath network around our village. Well, we now have a new and fascinating opportu ...

Paris visite

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Anthony Bailey

1 February 2016

Last Thursday Mrs B and myself took the Eurostar to visit our daughter Amber in Paris, where she is studying traditional French marquetry at École Boulle and more recently at Lycée Jacques Brel. First we went to the outer suburbs to visit Jacques Brel and meeting Amber’s tutor Bruno Rovro, who is a  ...

Chop and burn

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Anthony Bailey

26 January 2016

This weekend just gone, I finally got to point of putting some of my massive Scots pine split logs in the domestic woodburning stove as the weather was a bit nippy. I chopped – I mean split, the big hard log slices up about six months ago and with care and good storage they are plenty dry enough to  ...

There is always an answer

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Anthony Bailey

18 January 2016

I’ve been asked by our local church to fit a handrail in their community hall and a make some built-in cupboards to store tables, chair, steps and the like. As usual it isn’t entirely straightforward, it would be boring if it was. The handrail is to the side of some stairs because a lot of the congr ...

A wet winter

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Anthony Bailey

6 January 2016

Everyone at the magazine is now back at work after the festive break, but what a wet winter it has been! It seems to have rained continuously day-after-day down south, and up north in the UK it has been a thoroughly miserable time for thousands of people, which isn"t over yet apparently. Some Ch ...

The sap is still rising?

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Anthony Bailey

22 December 2015

Forgive me but here we are banging up against the festive holiday season and the weather is ridiculously mild, the complete opposite of early weather predictions! Daffodils have been seen in flower and nature generally is confused by this mildness. Let us hope these early arrivals aren"t nipped  ...

Breakdown

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Anthony Bailey

10 December 2015

No, I"m not having one of those thankfully. I"m referring to our local am-dram society production just finished Saturday last. The weekend before, we built the standard "box set" - that is a back wall and two angled side walls that finish behind the stage proscenium arch. It looks si ...

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