Fond memories of Mark while helping teenagers to start woodturning and demonstrating along side him in Germany for a couple of years. A true gent, would help anyone, sad to hear the news. RIP Mark.
A man who will be missed by the whole woodturning fraternity, he helped so many of us when ever you met him and asked him a question he always gave you his full attention and answered in words that you understood. He will be sadly missed , Rest in peace. God bless your family.
A true friend he helped get my work in print, he believed in people, Many thanks Rest in peace Mate.
We at Wight Woodturners have appreciated the inspiration Mark has given us through his books, the magazine and best of all a Club demo here on the IoW. He was always helpful when contacted and will be sorely missed. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time.
I never had the opportunity to meet Mark but every time I rang him he would give me the time talk through things and was genuinely interested in the activities of local clubs. We will all miss his words of support and advice.
Mark was a top guy and will be missed by so many.RIP.🎣
have a nice journey , we will allways love you. Luciana and Werner Wolfrum from germany. Maderas Drechseletchnik
Very sad to hear of Marks passing. My contacts with him were few but he was always helpful and supportive whenever I reached out to him for advice. RIP Mark.
Our club, Lincolnshire Association of Woodturners, was saddened to hear of the passing of Mark. He was a great supporter of our club, having previously travelled for many hours to demonstrate to us, before making the arduous journey home. He was an outstanding turner, a dedicated editor and a true gentleman. He will be sorely missed. RIP Mark
On behalf of Norwich Woodturning Club, I would like to send our condolences to Mark's family and friends. Over the years Mark has given us such excellent demonstrations, which were always very enjoyable, informative and very interesting to watch. Mark will be sorely missed by everyone, not only from Norfolk but from all over the world.
Our club has enjoyed many evenings with Mark over the years and the evenings were always informative, inspiring and full of chatter and laughter. He was always happy to talk to members and help them sort out there woodturning problems. He will be greatly missed by the members of Chelmer Valley, RIP Mark. Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time
David Buskell asked for these details so I'll post them here for everybody. Gifts in Mark's memory can be made to a charity the Bakers have supported for many years@ Love In Action via: markbaker.muchloved.com
I have known Mark for many years from many different perspectives – woodturner, club secretary, business owner, and friend. Mark was always generous with his time and knowledge. Our chats helped me with my business, and equally, they would feed Mark ideas for magazine articles. When Mark demonstrated at our woodturning club his preparation was meticulous and his demonstrations a constant flow of information that challenged your thoughts. I (and many others) have lost a friend, and the world has lost a great ambassador for woodturning. Rest in peace my friend.
Mark's family gave a beautiful send memorial today, but due to covid restrictions numbers of invited guests were limited. The live webcast will be available as a recording some time over the next day or so for those wishing to view it. You can log on via: https://www.obitus.com user name: Goqo1935 password: 695634 the webcast will be available for around 28 days I should add that they have derived much comfort from all the wonderful messages left here.
Apart from his books and his work on Woodturning magazine, I only knew Mark through our telephone conversations. I bitterly regret we never had the chance to meet because Mark was one of those rare individuals who instantly strikes a chord with you, and I felt, somehow, that I had known him for years when in truth, we probably spent only a few hours in conversation. He was ever generous with his time and with his knowledge and experience. Last year, I was bemoaning the lack of a good, solid, long handled scraper and he sent me one from his tool stock. When I asked him what he wanted for it, he would only say, “Send me some wood and we’ll call it quits”. Well, I did, of course, and this led to an amusing conversation when I had to admit to him that some of what I was sending had actually been earmarked for him by a mutual acquaintance, a wood supplier, but I had beaten Mark to the stockpile! Well, it got to the right place, in the end. So long, dear friend, I miss you terribly.
A few years ago I had the chance to meet mark and he was one of the nicest people I have ever met. Always happy to talk and generaly a brilliant person. We will miss you mark
Always a smile, always a warm greeting whenever we met, over the years. RIP Mark
So sorry to here the sad news , met Mark a few times in Dublin a true gentleman always willing to give advice , may his gentle soul rest in peace
I've known Mark From Colchester tec and playing for the Baker family in the Tom Collins jazz band, he was a great helpful guy and will greatly missed by all who knew him god bless Mark R.I P Lad.
Mark Baker, a true gentleman who I was fortunate to demonstrate with on occasion. He also demonstrated with us in The Gorey District Chapter, Ireland and he was loved by all for his Woodturning skills and willingness to help everyone and share his talent. RIP Mark