Today's postings

  1. [Baren 28157] RE: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3096 ("Sales")
  2. [Baren 28158] Re: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3096 (Shireen Holman)
  3. [Baren 28159] wood (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 28160] Re: wood (Bette Norcross Wappner)
  5. [Baren 28161] RE: wood ("Maria Diener (aka Arango)")
  6. [Baren 28162] Re: wood ("Matt Laine")
  7. [Baren 28163] Re: wood (Bette Norcross Wappner)
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Message 1
From: "Sales"
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 08:26:29 -0500
Subject: [Baren 28157] RE: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3096
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Gee -
I thought we were the ones who got the contract to redecorate the Senate

Maybe I should have raised this issue earlier, but we get 4-5 e-mails a
day from people who have "visited your online store and want to purchase
your fine materials". (The wording is almost always the same) Almost all
of them are located in one country (frequently England), and all want to
ship to locations in Africa (usually Nigeria). Credit card payments and
express shipping are the common ingredients in the scam. Graphic
Chemical has reluctantly decided that credit card sales to addresses in
Africa are not accepted. We may lose some legitimate business, but very
little compared to the potential of losses when it turns out that the
credit card purchase was not authorized (or even known about)by the card

We've been fortunate, we've not been duped - but we had a very large
order packed and ready to go awaiting the negotiations regarding
payment. They were never resolved. We did get taken, however, for a
shipment to Malaysia (where we have done business for decades) that was
paid for with an unauthorized credit card.

Bottom line - stick to your guns! Don't allow someone to talk you into
terms that you aren't totally comfortable with. (as someone heavily
involved in education, I know better than to end a sentence with a
preposition, but the other way sounds sooo stilted!)

Dean Clark
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Message 2
From: Shireen Holman
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 10:58:08 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28158] Re: Baren Digest (old) V31 #3096
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Did everyone on the baren list get a contract to redecorate the Senate? I
got two of them! Do you suppose they got the list's addresses somehow?
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 09:07:34 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 28159] wood
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Not only was I chosen to redecorate the senate, I won a lottery in England...quite a week for woodblock printmaking!

On another note, I carved solid basswood at the Canada workshop and it seemed to work pretty well...but our local home depot doesn't seem to have any.....hahahaha
So where does one go to find solid basswood? I know we have talked about wood a lot but seems that the archives are long and unweidly when you are looking for a very specific answer. Mike, I bet you know where one can find this wood. It was pretty nice to carve on.

Being the poor carver that I am, I need all the help I can get! I know Maria uses Maple and other hardwoods, but she is younger and therefore stronger...also she is a lot more determined than I am.....I tend to take the easy way if it is possible!
Best to all,
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Message 4
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 12:24:36 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28160] Re: wood
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Hi Barbara,
Seem I remember Michael's Arts and Crafts carrying basswood in their
wood carving and wood burning section. 
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Message 5
From: "Maria Diener (aka Arango)"
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 11:01:40 -0700
Subject: [Baren 28161] RE: wood
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Barbara, try

or Google basswood. There are some pretty good suppliers on eBay as well

On scams...
having been on the web for over 12 years, I get gazillions of these. They
don't want your art at all. They will string you along until they think you
are hooked, then try to scam you one of two ways:

-The overcharge scam: they advise you that they are making a payment with a
credit card (fraudulent) or cashier's check (fake) for well over the amount
you are charging, then ask you to send them money (good) back for a variety
of seemingly legitimate reasons. By the time the credit card is deemed
fraudulent or the chashier's check is found to be fake, your good money is
in their hands and you have nothing.

-The much simpler but less elegant fraudulent cc scam: they simply send you
a credit card number which goes through dandily until the real owner of the
credit card finds out and reverses the charges, sometimes months later.
Meantime they have your artwork for free but this is done more with supplies
(as Dean pointed out) or other goods that can be resold easily.

For crying outloud don't answer these people at all, you are just verifying
your email address when you do that.

PS The Senate 1.5 mill contract is MINE!!!! so back off everyone...

Maria Arango
Las Vegas Nevada USA
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Message 6
From: "Matt Laine"
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 15:19:10 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28162] Re: wood
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Bass is the favored wood of most woodcarvers -- especially those doing decorative decoys (as opposed to working decoys) and is easily available from most hardwood suppliers. Stay away from Michaels or AC Moore -- their prices for bass will make you think you're buying gold bullion!
Matt Laine
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Message 7
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Sat, 18 Jun 2005 17:31:17 -0400
Subject: [Baren 28163] Re: wood
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I agree that Michaels basswood is overpriced. But if one wants to buy a
piece or two to just try it, its faster than buying on line or finding a
Woodcraft store.