Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31326] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3550 ("Marilynn Smith")
  2. [Baren 31327] ref:Meranti plywood ("Harry French")
  3. [Baren 31328] Re: helpful tip (Anna Huskey)
  4. [Baren 31329] Re: ref:Meranti plywood (Pauldejode #
  5. [Baren 31330] Re: ref:Meranti plywood (ArtfulCarol #
  6. [Baren 31331] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 31332] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3549 (Jan Telfer)
  8. [Baren 31333] Old Wooden printers' letters (Jan Telfer)
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Message 1
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 09:05:48 -0600
Subject: [Baren 31326] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3550
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Great tip on the finger prints. Sorry to say there was a bit of that on my
nudes. I did use an eraser, did not damage the surface to the naked eye.
There was still a tad left, but the rest of the print was so good that I
just left them in the series.
The thing about small irrularities in a print series is that they are hand
done, not machine done. That to my thinking makes them more personal and
shows they are indeed done by the artist. So I enjoyed the fact that in
this series there were some slight irregularities in the background, I liked
them and so left them also as part of my print series. I really enjoyed the
treat of watching my nudes "come to life". I felt they were truly a very
consistent group of prints with a few things that were different between one
to the other, it made me feel human. So maybe we get a bit too picky at
times about having everything perfect, we are human and our art is created
by us the very human artist.
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Message 2
From: "Harry French"
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 19:15:11 +0100
Subject: [Baren 31327] ref:Meranti plywood
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Thanks for the compliment about my latest print!
To answer your question about the wood I used : it is "meranti" plywood from the DIY store.They actually call it "exterior plywood". I could not get any further with the description from the DIY store, so I asked the question on the forum some time in April.
Baren members : Tom Kristenson, Wouter and Pamela ten Broek gave me details next day on the forum as to what it was. Their descriptions are thorough and would take up a lot of space on today's forum, but if you look into the Baren Homepage : click on the Forum ARCHIVES and scroll down to Volume 35 number 3451 (20th April 2006) you will find full details.
The wood often splits, but is cheap and cheerful and when printing has a rough wood grain which suits my print style.
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Message 3
From: Anna Huskey
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 14:46:38 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 31328] Re: helpful tip
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Thanks for the tip on omnigrid. I am going to do a lot of tearing done of paper into 6" by 6". How do you tear with a omnigrid?
Anna Huskey
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Message 4
From: Pauldejode #
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 19:09:30 EDT
Subject: [Baren 31329] Re: ref:Meranti plywood
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Harry, the plywood on the left of your photo is definitely not birch; it
looks like luaun, or otherwise known as Phillipine mahogany, it is what most
interior doors are made of these days.Birch is usually very easy to recognise, it
is light creamy, much closer grained and more appropriate for carving.Birch and
mahogany are difficult to confuse and I feel that your friend has got you
barking up the wrong tree.Rather than talk about it I feel you should get
together with him and look at samples, grain structure is totally different. As for
exterior , it is usually a matter of different glues being used, it's also a
much coarser cut because of its application and consequently harder on the
tools,wishing you well, Paul de Jode
(born Feltwell, Norfolk.)
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Message 5
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Wed, 19 Jul 2006 20:33:50 EDT
Subject: [Baren 31330] Re: ref:Meranti plywood
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Lauan plywood:.
I've used luaun . Its nearly straight grain makes a unique textural
pattern. Definitely not for details because it chips bigtime! For solid shapes.
From McClains

Marilynn, when I get the first chip I say to myself I'm only human, with
the second chip only more so and ... I'm working on it!.
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 20 Jul 2006 03:55:00 -0000
Subject: [Baren 31331] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (21 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Finger Printing


Site Name: Depicture

Author: Miss


Site Name: Mokuhankan Conversations

Author: Dave Bull
Item: 2nd eBook - Fletcher's 1916 volume


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Message 7
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:22:46 +0800
Subject: [Baren 31332] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3549
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Thank you for your posting of recent work...... the one that really
stood out and that I enlarged first was your "Impression of St
Katherinen - Glockengisser Strasse"


I certainly had that painterly quality which we don't often see in our
print exchanges as everyone is so conscious of getting the colours and
the key lines in exact positions !!! Then I read that you discardedit
as a failure before realising it had potential! It has...... don't
discard it..... your other work is similar to Bea's prints and I always
cherish those when they come through my letter box too.

We all have different styles and it is those differences that make our
exchanges special.

Thank you.
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Message 8
From: Jan Telfer
Date: Thu, 20 Jul 2006 17:38:14 +0800
Subject: [Baren 31333] Old Wooden printers' letters
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Harry's ps reminded me to tell you of my wonderful experience yesterday.

Ros, a Calligraphy friend and I went to see Ron Shears accumulation of
old print wooden and metal type letters that he has had in store in his
house here from the UK for 20 years.

It was thanks to Sharen Linder who alerted me to this rare find in WA
(Australia that is):

> from 15 Apr
> Wood Poster Type
> in Perth, Australia
> Approximately 70 Cases of Poster Type by ROBERT D. DELITTLE of York,
> England. Sizes vary from 1-6 inches as do Fount types. Cases are in 4
> full Cabinets, plus about 10 other cases. Most is sorted and in tidy
> order. A few cases need sorting into founts, but most of the
> characters are there. There are several large boxes of Oak furniture
> in assorted lengths from 6-12pt, up to 6 ems wide. Plus a lot of
> plastic Resalite in shorter lenghts by 3-12 ems wide. Included are
> some very rare 1" square Calendar type. Sold as a complete lot or in
> case lots. Ask for details & pics.
> Ron 61 08 9405 8201

He has all of these!!!!! He has sold a few drawers on eBay but is
restricted to selling more because of the cost that shipping incurs
from Australia anywhere in the world and which puts most of this out of
reach of most collectors.

He had cabinets, and drawers and extra letters and what is more he has
more stored in the UK!!
Ron is putting together a bag of odd letters for Ros and me......

I have another letterpress connection in Perth and have suggested that
he and Geoff work together with some of the old printing firms to put
these letters, the dozens of Geoff's working machines and other
printing memorabilia together with the assistance with a generous
entrepreneur into a working museum. And what better place than the
Old Sunset Hospital which is in our street that is due for
redevelopment and us under the control of the University of WA and the
local council and State Government as a multipurpose Art Centre, Home
for some elderly residents and the University Research...... I would be
happy to go and babysit....... Ros and I didn't want to leave Ron's
place yesterday.

Thank you Sharen...... what a find!! I came home and looked at my
piddley little drawer of letters!!


> ps An Alphabet exchange theme at some later date is fine for me : why =
> not extend it to a Font which would include lower case letters, =
> punctuation, characters and numbers : need it be an English alphabet
> or =
> font?
> All the best,
> Harry
> Lincoln,
> England.
> UK.