Full Disclosure: I am not much of a baker. Baking is more of a science than an art, although there is some great artistry that goes along with baking a beautiful loaf of bread. Baking takes a great deal of practice, and there are several concepts and techniques that you will need to be familiar with before you attempt to start baking. I will (slowly) add to this section as I am able. In the mean time, if you want some references for how to bake bread at home, here are some recommendations:
Until then, may the gods of baking be with you (and me, too!).