Been around for while, but thought I'd better introduce myself formally
The son of a baker, I've been making my own bread since 1974, when all the plant bakeries in England went on strike. I found I enjoyed it and I've been making it ever since.
I took early retirement in 1993 and did a City and Guilds course on teaching adults - I've been teaching breadmaking ever since, in and around Taunton, Somerset.
I have two main groups that I teach, Family Learning, where students (some as young as 4 and 5) and parents learn together - generally 5 week courses, and also Adults with Learning Disabilities. But I've taught all sorts of groups and ages - from 3-year-olds in pre-schools, to 80-odd year-olds in Community Centres.
I'm pretty well obsessed with bread - I make it most days - but I'd never call myself an artisan baker - more your jobbing baker, prepared to have a go at anything.
My main interest is in spreading the word - I'd like everyone to make their own bread, I want to get across the simplicity of the process - the healthiness of it, the economy of it, and, above all the absolute satisfaction and fun that can be gained by making it yourself.
This is a lovely site and I much appreciate the work that goes into keeping it going. My only gripe is - I just don't have time to read the wonderful threads that appear in my inbox every day!
Last year I started a blog on the subject (bread, that is, not time or the lack of it!), and I try and add to it most days:
Best wishes - and happy breadmaking!