Today's postings

  1. [Baren 24417] Wide Cherry Boards ("kent kirkpatrick")
  2. [Baren 24418] Re: Wood Grain Direction (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 24419] Re: walnut (L Cass)
  4. [Baren 24420] Arches 88 (Woodblocksteve #
  5. [Baren 24421] Re: Arches 88 ("Robert Canaga")
  6. [Baren 24422] LPE II (Sharri LaPierre)
  7. [Baren 24423] Re: Hello from a newbie :o) ("cjpiers")
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Message 1
From: "kent kirkpatrick"
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 09:48:36 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24417] Wide Cherry Boards
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I just purchased the widest clear cherry board in a 3/4" thickness that I have ever seen available. It measures 13 3/4" wide and twelve feet long. Other than a little wane on one end of it, it is a very beautiful and usable board. I bought this at the Portland Woodcrafters store. It was not cheap, $8.45 a board foot. I don't have too many immediate ideas of what to do with a piece this wide, given cherry is a very carveable wood and it lends itself to fine detail. Perhaps I will make it my really long term project piece that I work on only a little at a time. Hmmm, maybe along the lines of Hieronymus Bosch's "Garden of Earthly Delights"? Anyway, I will have fun with it.
Welcome Connie from Washington State (my home state) to Baren.
-Kent Kirkpatrick

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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 10:24:56 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24418] Re: Wood Grain Direction
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I now have the impressive background of two hanga prints finished off
with the last block printed with oil. It works just fine and I love the
idea of having the two backgrounds come together in one print! So, go
for it!

Yes, Western paper has grain, but it doesn't seem to matter in
printing. As Mike says, it expands and contracts about equally both
directions. I've also printed it on the diagonal - I was diagonal, not
the paper.

Phenolic press beds such as Benolux can be threaded and screwed and it
works fine. That is how the press stops are attached. I removed the
stops and put a sheet of graph paper with a grid of various
registration lines down on the bed, covered that with a piece of 1/8"
plexiglas with the hole patterns drilled into it, and then replaced the
stops. This makes for a very easy clean-up of the bed, plus I can see
if I've missed any ink along the way. And, it keeps the registration
graph clean so you only have to do it once. Lazy is my middle name.
Also, if you get a piece of vinyl (mine is clear) from the fabric store
and cut it the size of your blankets it will keep your sizing catcher
clean and does not affect the quality of the prints. If the vinyl gets
too grubby it is easy to replace and much cheaper than felts and you
never have to launder the felt. Remember what I said about my middle

Short-cuts R Us,
Sharri L.
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Message 3
From: L Cass
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 13:36:40 -0500
Subject: [Baren 24419] Re: walnut
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Thanks to all for info' on hard and softwoods - I recall now that this
subject had come up before but I didn't retain the info - it's all clear
now and I shan't forget!

John Center - re Pear - but aren't yours (and Durer's) wood engravings? !
was curious about using the plank or straight grain
Louise Cass
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Message 4
From: Woodblocksteve #
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 15:24:44 EST
Subject: [Baren 24420] Arches 88
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Hi everyone,

I've been experimenting with different papers, both wet and dry. The other
day someone mentioned Arches 88 so that was one I tried. I was surprised to
find that even though it's quite a heavy paper it goes quite transparent when
damp and it produced a lovely soft print like that.

Just thought I'd mention it.

And hi! from Shropshire to newbie Connie.


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Message 5
From: "Robert Canaga"
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 12:47:00 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24421] Re: Arches 88
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Be careful of "88". It is a waterleaf paper and has little or no internal sizing, that is why it goes trans so quickly. Some times it will fall apart on you or stick to the block. I was made as a silkscreen paper where there is no surface pressure or soaking.
Just a note.
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Message 6
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 18:39:30 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24422] LPE II
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Another package came today. Prints are here from:

Gillyin Gatto
Rudolf Stalder

Keep 'em coming folks!

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Message 7
From: "cjpiers"
Date: Sat, 28 Feb 2004 23:24:36 -0800
Subject: [Baren 24423] Re: Hello from a newbie :o)
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Thanks for the welcome!

Bette - since it has been a while I think I'll start with what I'm familiar
with which is
Western style, oil based ink woodcut prints using shina plywood. I would
love to try engraving
and eventually the more traditional Japanese style, but I think I need to
first re-aquaint myself with the processes I remember from college.
I am also waiting for some supplies. I live in Spokane and the supplies are
pretty limited here.

For the group - I use computers in my job (I do pre-press work for an offset
print shop) and I was wondering if anyone can share with me ideas about, in
what way (if any), computers facilitate the their printmaking processes.
Does it work to use inkjet prints to transfer an image to a block? Some of
the prints I've seen in the exchange gallery have a very photographic
quality and I was wondering how this is accomplished?

Thanks for any input,