Mark Baker

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Andy King
Although we worked on rival titles for over 20 years, Mark was always a friend, we always looked out for each other at tool shows to catch up, and when we met up at product launches we always seemed to end up together comparing our thoughts – but one particular one always sticks in my mind. We often ended up abroad and the ‘glamourous’ life seemed envious to many, but we usually ended up in an airport to jet in at stupid o’clock, seeing little or nothing of the cities we were in, then out for an evening meal with whatever company had taken us there, and then the plane home first thing the next day, certainly no sightseeing involved! The exception was when Irwin took us to Venice to their saw blade factory and we were given half a day to explore on our own. I had no idea what to do with the time, but then Mark explained he’d been there with his wife and knew the places to see and said he would be more than happy to be my guide. Time was tight as we were due to leave for the airport just after midday so we were off around 6am to see the sights. What a tour guide he was! We walked miles, but thanks to him I have stunning photo’s and beautiful memories of all the places that are usually packed with tourists – mine show the true beauty without 1000’s of people masking them. He even took me back to the Bridge of Sighs after we’d been past it an hour earlier and I forgot to take a photo - just so that I could use it as a Facebook update to post a tentative link to the Small Faces Itchycoo Park! That sums up Mark – a genuinely lovely man who took time for you no matter what; he will be missed by the woodworking and woodturning world, but I’ll miss him for the genuinely good guy he was. Rest in Peace Mark, and thanks for all the great memories. xxx
Cindy Drozda
Thank you, Mark, for all that you gave to the Woodturning community! I will miss your smile and friendly greeting. Rest in peace, my friend.
Ian Gurr
I didn’t know Mark personally but through his demonstrations and writing in his books and as editor of woodturning magazine.He always came over as a lovely man and master of his craft a great loss.Condolences to his family.
John Warner
The passing of a truly likeable and friendly man. I saw him demonstrate a few times and always learned something new. He will be sadly missed by all who knew him.
Peter Sefton
So sad to hear of the passing of Mark, he was a true gent, a talented turner, excellent editor and all round nice guy, and always happy to share his knowledge and help in any way he could. Our thoughts are with his family.
Brian Hollett
Mark Baker, a true gentleman who I was proud and fortunate to call friend, mentor and gigglemate for some 15 years. Rest in peace, old partner, safe in the knowledge that you were truly one of the good guys and will be missed by everyone who ever crossed your path. Heartfelt condolences to Sarah and girls.
Peter Lyons
Mark was a great friend of the IWG. He stayed with me when he came to demonstrate for the Ulster Woodturners. He was a lovely guy and always gave great demos. RIP Mark, we will miss you.
Mark Hancock
Such a sad loss. Many fond memories of times with a true gentleman. My thoughts are with Sarah and his family.
Terry Smart (Chestnut Products)
We had the pleasure of working with Mark for over 25 years in one form or another. Always helpful, friendly and so enthusiastic about turning. And constantly happy; he punctuated everything he said with a smile. A huge loss, so sad, our thoughts and condolences to his family, and to his friends - we're honoured to have been one of them.
Tegan Foley
I worked with Mark for eight years during my time as Deputy Editor on Woodturning magazine. He has to be one of the warmest people I have ever known & always wanted to make sure everyone was OK. He was always there for me, during both work & personal times, & it was a pleasure to put the magazine together under his guidance. Mark was immensely popular, well respected & loved within the woodturning community & wider, for good reason. I remember watching Mark give a demonstration at a past 'Harrogate' show & marvelling at the crowd he drew. He had a way of interacting with the audience & it was humbling to see. Mark will be missed not only by those in the woodturning community but the world at large. Rest in peace, my friend
Dave Guy
I only met Mark a couple of times, such a lovely human being. My thoughts are with his friends and family. RIP
Jimmy Clewes
A good friend and fellow woodturner. A great loss , we spent many good times together at symposia all over the world. RIP mate Jimmy
Tod Raines
I never met Mark but his book was very influential to my early woodturning journey. A huge gap left in the woodturning community. Sad news indeed. RIP.
Roger Bennett
This is very sad news. I remember being a fellow demonstrator at a seminar with Mark some years ago, and watching his demo with awe. He was so knowledgeable and skilful, a wonderfully clear, articulate communicator, and extremely generous with advice and encouragement. He was of course a fantastic editor and writer. Above all, he was such a lovely person. My condolences to Mark's family, and to his many friends.
RIchard Stiers
Sadness to hear of Mark's passing. He was my first stop in the pages of Woodturning magazine. Loved the joy he spread thru the rest of my reading of the magazine he lovingly edited.
Gordon Cookson
To Mark's family , On behalf of Middlesex Woodturners , I would like to offer our sympathy and supportive thoughts in your sad loss . We always enjoyed his demos and the Woodturning magazine . We also appreciated the the kindly and knowledgable way he answered questions and gave advice . He will be very much missed by turners everywhere . Gordon Cookson , Chairman
Gordon Cookson
To Mark's family , On behalf of Middlesex Woodturners , I would like to offer our sympathy and supportive thoughts in your sad loss . We always enjoyed his demos and the Woodturning magazine . We also appreciated the the kindly and knowledgable way he answered questions and gave advice . He will be very much missed by turners everywhere . Gordon Cookson , Chairman
Sean Hogan
My deepest sympathy to Mark's family and relatives on his passing. Mary he rest in peace. My first meeting with Mark was at the IWG seminar in 2015 and he was a true gentleman in the way he did things. He will be sadly missed by the woodturning community but his memory will go on in the books and magazines he contributed to.
Don White
R.I.P. Mark Baker. Wordsmith and fellow Woodturner. A sad loss to the world of wood and the human race. It was a privilege to have known you my friend. Sincere condolences to his family.
Seamus Cassidy
I met Mark at many woodturning seminars here in Ireland and overseas. He was very good to me in helping to get me noticed in the world of demonstrating abroad and in promoting me in various articles. He always met you with a smile and welcome. My condolences to his family and friends. He will be missed by many.