Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Woodworking 101 - A Simple Introduction to Marking Curves

A serial entrepreneur who has launched 11 business enterprises, Mark H. Dunaway studied accounting at Brigham University, Provo, Utah. Currently, he is a managing partner at BDK Consulting Group. When not busy, Mark H. Dunaway pursues interests such as woodworking.

Many woodworking projects involve cutting curves, a process that can prove time consuming. However, with the right guide, woodwork with curved features can easily be accomplished. Aside from the usual straight lines or right angles in a woodworking project, curves can open up many new styles.

Instead of creating a curve directly on the workpiece, use a piece of plywood or cardboard to make a template of the curve. When the final shape is achieved, cut out the template and transfer the curve by tracing it to the workpiece. For projects that require multiple curves, use the plywood or high-density fiberboard to draw half of the shape. This piece can be the template for other curves for the project.

For ellipse shapes on tabletops or trays, make use of a square to draw intersecting perpendicular lines on your pattern material. Put two pins on the long axis. They should be spaced equally on either side of the center. Loop a tied string around both of the pins while placing a pencil in the loop. Use the loop to guide the pencil as you move clockwise or counterclockwise to make an ellipse. To make size and proportion variations, adjust the pins and the loop.

Saturday, October 21, 2017

Boy Scouts of America - Silver Beaver Award

Prior to becoming the managing partner of BDK Consulting Group in Millbrae, California, Mark H. Dunaway attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. As a member of the Boy Scouts of America, Mark H. Dunaway received the Silver Beaver Award for showing exceptional character and providing distinguished service.

Founded in 1910, the Boy Scouts of America helps boys aged 10 to 18 learn to develop personal fitness and good character through training courses and outdoor adventures. Scouts also have opportunities to earn promotions and badges.

The Boy Scouts’ Silver Beaver Award is given to Scouts who show distinguished service and outstanding character. It is determined each year by the National Court of Honor within the Boy Scouts organization. Recipients of the award are given a certificate along with presentation kit and insignia for their uniform, representing the achievement of the Silver Beaver Award. For more information on the award, visit

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Innovative Learning at Atlanta’s Galloway School

Mark H. Dunaway has founded and led companies in Atlanta and California, including the BDK Consulting Group. As a philanthropist, Mark H. Dunaway gives to several organizations, including the Galloway School of Atlanta

Founded as a private, learner-focused school, the Galloway School’s academic philosophy is based on four D’s: daring, deliberate, dynamic, and discovery.

- Daring learning encourages students - and teachers - to take chances, regarding failure and risk as integral components of the educational process. The quality of that process determines success.

- In deliberate learning, students become reflexive, discerning their own thinking patterns through debate and discussion. To stimulate deeper reading and interaction, teachers present students with open-ended questions that help pupils move past their self-conceived limits.

- Dynamic learning creates an appreciation of learning as adventure. To interest all students, teachers adapt their styles to individual needs. As a result, students become self-directed learners, finding meaning through analyzing content and applying skills.

- Finally, in learning through discovery, students develop an ability to investigate real-world situations and tolerance for uncomfortable questions and answers. Researching these ideas builds contextual thinking skills and helps students explore the implications of their questions.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Cycling for Beginners: Choosing the Right Bike

Mark H. Dunaway is the managing partner of BDK Consulting Group, a management consulting firm within the healthcare and financial services sectors. When Mark H. Dunaway is not working with business owners and investors to develop strategic plans to achieve business goals, he enjoys cycling. 

Cycling is much more than simply riding a bike. When a recreational bike rider wants to transition to the more serious sport of cycling, the first step is determining what type of bike you want. Here are the three primary bike styles:

1. Road Bike: Road bikes are intended for fitness riding, racing, and long-distance riding, all along smooth pavement. A key feature of road bikes is their lightweight handlebars that curve downward, allowing for better speed and overall efficiency.

2. Mountain Bike: Mountain bikes are, of course, designed for rough, hilly terrain found along mountainsides. They are specially designed with shock-absorbing features and sturdy brake systems. 

3. Hybrid Bike: Hybrid bikes can be ridden on both smooth and moderately rugged terrain. They mix the thinner wheels of a road bike with the flat handlebars, gear shifts and braking system of a mountain bike. Hybrid bike are commonly used as commuter bikes within urban areas.

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

The Pace Academy - Diversity program

As a business professional for more than 35 years, Mark H. Dunaway has served in a number of positions that include chairman, CEO, and president for several large companies. While serving in executive management positions, Mark H. Dunaway has also been a board member for several organizations, including serving as Chairman of the Pace Academy’s Life Trustees in Atlanta, Georgia.

Founded in 1958, the Pace Academy is designed to help children from pre-first to 12th grade to gain the experience and global perspective needed to live as confident citizens in the world. Started by an interfaith group of community leaders, the Pace Academy focuses on teaching students about diversity and incorporates an inclusive learning environment with small classes to help students get more personal attention.

The diversity program at the Pace Academy helps to prepare students for success, while also teaching community awareness. Through a variety of initiatives, including guest speakers, comprehensive study options, class trips, and parental consultations, the Pace Academy inculcates diversity in ways that engage students and develop leadership and other skills.

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

BSA Partners with National Park Service to Protect Natural Resources

With over 35 years of experience as an entrepreneur and business leader, Mark H. Dunaway currently serves as managing member of BDK Consulting Group, an organization that assists middle-market companies in the health care and financial services industries. Alongside his various professional pursuits, Mark H. Dunaway dedicates his time and resources to groups such as the Boys Scouts of America

As part of its efforts to encourage Scouts to support the country’s national parks system, the Boy Scouts of America (BSA) oversees the Resource Stewardship Scout Ranger program. Through the program, Boy and Cub Scouts across the country take part in educational activities as well as volunteer service projects at local national parks. Those who participate learn about protecting natural resources and have the opportunity to earn BSA certificates and/or patches. 

Recently, BSA and the National Parks System renewed their century-long partnership and helped to ensure that the Resources Stewardship Scout Ranger program and other collaborative activities will continue long into the future. BSA spends 60,000 hours on volunteer projects in national parks each year and has recently been focused on improving the area around the New River Gorge National River in West Virginia. In 2017, Scouts are working to complete the Camp Creek trail near the park’s Grandview Sandbar Campground.

Friday, June 30, 2017

How Many Tools Should a Beginning Woodworker Purchase?

Mark H. Dunaway has successfully lead telecommunications companies through the rigors of start-ups and acquisitions. Now the managing partner of BDK Consulting Group, Mark H. Dunaway engaging in woodworking in his free time.

Most novice woodworkers are uncertain as to the tools they will need. Although many enthusiastic beginners purchase every tool they think they’ll ever use, the best advice is to buy only the tools you will need for your first project. This keeps the budget and the learning curve manageable since you will have to master only a few tools at a time.

For example, if you buy only one saw, one plane, and one chisel, you will learn how these tools interact and how to use them. You will also save a fair amount of money if you happen to discover that woodworking isn't as enjoyable as you thought it would be.