Met once but remembered very often whenever I am in my shed. A gentle, knowledgeable very skilled man whose editorials in the Woodturning Magazine were always inspirational. Thoughts are with his family and colleagues.
On behalf of the Border Woodturning Club. We would like to express our condolences to Mark's family and friends. The woodturning community has lost a true champion who worked for many years to promote woodturning and to make it a welcoming and inclusive community.
So sad not to bump into you at various shows and events again. So lucky to have attended your brilliant day long demonstration at the opening event of Max Carey Trust - second to none! So pleased to still be able to enjoy and inspire students with my battered (from good use) copies of your wonderful books. Such a loss to the woodturning world.
So sad to hear about Mark, he first phoned me years ago to discuss an interview for Woodturning mag and we were still chatting an hour later. We will all miss his skills and everything he had done to promote woodturning. RIP Mark
I was new to woodturning when I watched Mark make a lidded vessel at Harrogate a few years ago. His skill and attitude inspired me to keep going and pursue my new hobby. He was happy to answer any questions and pass on useful tips. He was one of life's genuinely nice people. I will always be grateful to him. My sincere thoughts go out to his family.
One of life's true gentlemen who always made time to help all in the woodturning family. I learnt so much from him when he demonstrated at our club,the Sandon Woodturners. My thoughts are with his family
Having known and demonstrated with Mark on a number of occasions we have had a lot of laughs along the way. Mark made a massive impact to woodturning and will be a huge loss to the world of woodturning Fond memories of sharing the odd black beer together in Germany RIP
So sorry to hear this very sad news. My sincere condolences to his family. Rest in peace Mark.
My condolences go out to Mark's family. He did what he loved, woodturning, and was a great ambassador for the art and craft of woodturning. He will be greatly missed.
My heartfelt condolence’s to Mark’s family. I only knew Mark from his role as editor of Woodturning and seeing him at demonstrations. His writing was always thought provoking and often inspiring. In his demonstration’s he demonstrated that casual ease that comes from a real master of his craft. Sadly missed.
I'm so sad never to have met Mark in person. Even on the phone he was enthusiastic and inspirational, just as he was in his writing. I shall treasure his books that I have. My best wishes and sympathies to his wife and daughters and extended family. Greg
So so sad to hear the news that Mark has passed away. As well as the help he gave us in the magazines, we used to always bump into each other at the many trade shows and I never saw him without a smile on his face. He was well respected and a great guy. Our thoughts and wishes go out to all of his family and friends who I hope can take comfort in the fact he was so well liked by many. From Matt and the team at TOMACO
Mark's death is a great loss to the woodturning world. He brought such enthusiasm and drive to everything he did, always full of ideas delivered with good humour. I met him when I first started turning, he was very encouraging and kept contact through the years. We all looked forward to his demo's at the club, he never disappointed. How he kept on writing interesting and entertaining editorials in Woodturning Magazine over so many years is a marvel. Our thoughts are with his family at this sad time. Mark's ideas, advice and infectious good humour will always remain with us.
Once again the world of Woodturning has lost another great member, in Mark who made such an amazing contribution to our craft. I had known Mark for many years and always found his support and enthuiasm truly infectious. He was always very welcome to my club and so willing to share his skills and knowledge, He will be very much missed Chairman Test Valley Turners
What sad news it was today to learn of Mark’s passing. I met him some years ago when he was demonstrating in Cheltenham and again in Cambridge some years later. I admired his skills both of turning and also teaching. However, I felt that I really got to know him on the 2014 Woodturning Cruise. His patience as a teacher was very re-assuring and his encouragement to do the very best one could were great examples of his skills as a communicator. He was always ready to see the amusing side of events, such as my wife, in the felting class on the woodturning cruise making a troll which was said to look like me! Mark agreed and insisted on publishing a picture in ‘Woodturning’. He was a real gentleman and will be very sadly missed. Best wishes to his family at this difficult time. Peter Hills
Mark was very well known as the Editor of "Woodturning" but we remember him as much more than that. When he visited our home he went straight to the garden to admire the "Ceanothus" and then gave some advice on a way to enjoy our strawberries. This will be our memory of him as well, of course, as a great advocate for woodturning.
My condolences to Mark’s family. Although I never met Mark we had many phone conversations. Mark encouraged woodturners of all abilities, wanted to hear about and encouraged me to write about woodturning from a beginner’s perspective. His 'voice' has definitely been missed in the recent issues of ‘Woodturning’.
Always sad to have a friend pass away, Mark was a great promoter of Woodturning, and always there to support. When we had From the Wood, Mark was there for every event and Exhibition. RIP .You will be missed by many.
I am deeply saddened by Mark Baker's passing. Deepest heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. I met Mark on the 2004 Woodturning Cruise and was impressed by his dexterity at the lathe and outgoing and friendly personality. He loaned me a couple of his tool after he saw me struggling with a particular cut and was of great help in my understanding of lathe work. He will be missed in the woodturning community.
I'm so sorry to hear the sad news of Mark passing. He encouraged me to write for Woodturning back years ago, and was such a supporter of the craft. I will miss meeting him, reading him and his support. Rest easy Mark where the tools stay sharp and the wood cuts easy.