About Joe Baker
Endlessly fascinated by technical devices as a boy, from the age of eight I gained distinction amongst friends and relatives as a 'watch repairer' - contributing nicely to my pocket-money. My early career was spent as a mechanical engineer of the Old School; I say 'Old School' because I progressed by the traditional route.
A fortunate beneficiary of enlightened post war Tripartite Education, I gained a place in one of the few technical colleges properly equipped at that time and went on to win an Indentured Apprenticeship, progressing via the tool-room and drawing office to become qualified and eventually going freelance.
In 1979 I launched a new business designing and building vehicle access control systems, and registering several world patents in the process. The company grew and I prospered, but in 2002 my wife, my teenage sweetheart, died suddenly. Having raised two wonderful daughters, dispersed with families of their own, I sold my company to retire, remarried and moved to my current address in Petworth, West Sussex. R Hoe & Co Ltd, London 1961
I enjoy sailing, dancing, walking and playing the fiddle (alas, not very well), and I have rcently found success in another passion – writing. In my first year of appointment as R Cdre. House for the Chichester Yacht Club, I ordered a revamp of the Club’s magazine and put the publication on a digital footing with popular success. An acclaimed poet, I am a prize-winning member of the Chichester Writer's Circle.
Not much is allowed to disturb the tranquillity of life now, but I cannot help getting cross when I come across shoddy workmanship. In 2017 I launched a campaign to re-introduce building controls on major developments and founded and authored the Website at: www.nomorejerrybuilt.com
During my career I had many articles published and I am currently researching material for My first book.
Procession of the Monstrance, 1953