Mark always had time to share his knowledge and thoughts. Wood turning is poorer for his passing. Heart felt thoughts and condolence to his family.
Mark was much respected for many years. I had finished writing for Woodturning when he took post, but when I did speak to him it was obvious that he would fit right into the world of turning.
May his soul rest in eternal peace. Great loss to the Woodturning World 🌎 😢
I true gent and ambassador for our craft, Rest in peace my friend.
My thoughts and prayers are with Marks family. Mark was a friend and wonderful ambassador to the woodturning community. Peace and Love . Linda
A true gent ,was great to meet you, rip
I just had one of Marks Books in my hand and think about the big loss to the family and woodturning community . RIP
Very sad to hear the news of Mark Baker's death. Mark was a wonderful person and encouraged so many over the years to develop the craft of working with wood. I first meet Mark when he work for Sorbby in the early 90s and when he became editor of Woodturning he encouraged me to contribute to the magazine over the years. Mark was a wonderful supporter of the Irish Woodturner Guild and attended and demonstrated on many occasions over the years across the Island. I remember being stuck in Richmond Virginia for a day after a symphony with Mark. I can't think of a better person to spend a day with, Mark like I had many other interests besides Woodturning and the day when veay quickly and not a shaving was spoken about. We kept up that friendship over the years and when we last spoke he was in good spirits. The woodturning world has lost another great woodturner, teacher, demonstrator, writer and above all gentleman. Thank you for all support and encouragement over the years.
I first met Mark in 1997 when he took over from me as Robert Sorby’s main demonstrator. When he became editor of Woodturning magazine we often discussed woodturning topics .We often challenged each other about what should be included in the magazine , and whilst we didn’t always agree , we always came away respecting each other. Mark was passionate about the craft which came over in his editorials and personal demos. His contribution to the woodturning world during his 24 years with the magazine was immense. In his last editorial he summed up his time at the magazine. “ I guess that the only sad part in my reading and learning from the magazine and related books was that, over the years, some of the master turners, authors and readers have passed away. Sad to say as that was and is, I know their legacy was that they shared their knowledge and people gained from it immensely. It is on their shoulders that we continue to learn, creating beautiful things and having fun doing so.” Mark you enriched the lives of countless people, sharing your knowledge, wisdom and expertise and leave a lasting legacy to the world of woodturning. Our thoughts are with Sarah and your family . RIP Mark.
We have lost a true ambassador to the craft. Mark was respected throughout the turning world and will be missed by many. My thoughts are with the family.