Today's postings

  1. [Baren 31621] Andy English show (baren_member #
  2. [Baren 31622] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3596 ("Marilynn Smith")
  3. [Baren 31623] spiral fretsaw blades, dogs (Charles Morgan)
  4. [Baren 31624] RE: Announcements: Exhibition and Website ("Maria Arango")
  5. [Baren 31625] Workshop with Richard Steiner (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 31626] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 31627] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3598 ("Marilynn Smith")
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Message 1
From: baren_member #
Date: 26 Aug 2006 14:49:54 -0000
Subject: [Baren 31621] Andy English show

Message posted from: Dale Phelps

I truly wish that I could make it to your show. I have always enjoyed my trips to England and it looks like a great show.

Dale Phelps
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Message 2
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Fri, 25 Aug 2006 09:10:05 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31622] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3596
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yippee, another summit. in Texas would be grand. If you do it in the spring
we can drive through on our way up from Baja, than you can meet my
honey!!!!! I might even smuggle up a few bits of that myrtle wood I love so
much, hope I can get some good scraps as well as a plank this season on the
southern Oregon coast!!!

To fellow 2006 summiteers, we were the 3 little rougues in my PT Cruiser,
Louise, Nancy and I went up Mt. Hood instead of the Columbia River gorge, we
went up to timberline lodge and had at least a good hour for sketching.
They also had their cameras ready. We had a fun stay in tight quarters on
our 34' trawler, parked in its very own boat house, which looked like a work
shop. The shower was tiny and we had a few cold showers along the way as
some how the electro san toilet tripped the breaker at least once. So they
were hardy souls to handle a boat for nearly a week. (glad there were only 3
of us, any more and we would have had no room to sit!!!!) My river rat
friends came by Friday night and told us we had to try this new restaurant
right on the water, so we made plans to meet them and my husband the last
night instead of going to the brew pub. We dined on clam strips for a
strater and than I had a huge mountain of oysters and chips, my honey had a
bucket of steamer clams, all for a very reasonable price and yummie. We
were sad to miss the final meal at the brew pub but sure enjoyed dining on
the water with a plate of seafood. This new little spot sits out right on
our Columbia river, with a watery view, lovely at sunset. Hope no one was
angry with us, oops!!! A side note to Nancy and Louise, the batteries werer
low and that was why our toilet was giving us a headache.
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Message 3
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 09:08:19 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31623] spiral fretsaw blades, dogs
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Thanks to everyone who responded to my query on spiral fretsaw blades.
Older fretsaws use blades that have a small cross pin in each end. Newer
fretsaws (for example, the Dremmel) simply have a screw clamp that holds
the end of the blade without a cross pin. Alas, I have the older type, and
the only spiral blades that seem to be available (from Lee Valley and the
local tool houses) all lack the pins. So I will have to brush up my
machinist skills and make a little adapter that will allow me to use the
new, pin-less blades on my old fret saw.

There is an advantage to the pin-less blades. For interior cuts, one drills
a hole in the block and inserts the blade through the hole. With a pin-less
blade, one need drill only a much smaller hole, so the blade can be
inserted in tighter places in the design. So adapting my old saw will have
some benefits.

Sooo, hopefully I will get my dog puzzle print done very soon and the
prints out in the mail.

And Zakki sends his warmest thanks to all his well wishers. He has
recovered from the diarrhea without medical intervention. His last tests
showed no signs of parasites of any kind. He is a now a wild and crazy
thing, as pups should be. He eats like he has been starving most of his
life (which he has been!). He sends big, sloppy licks to everyone; says he
is looking forward to the next Baren Summit, where he hopes to participate
more fully.

Cheers .... Charles
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Message 4
From: "Maria Arango"
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 14:38:20 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31624] RE: Announcements: Exhibition and Website
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Well deserved success Andy! I am always in awe at your work.
May you continue to be very very successful.


Maria Arango
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 17:29:39 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 31625] Workshop with Richard Steiner
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Hi all,
If you receive this from me twice, it is because my brain must not be working....I thought I wrote it this morning but is never arrived...hummmm.

The summit was more fun that one can imagine...those who came are energized! We all want to go home and carve and print like crazy!

We had a great workshop back to back with the summit at Marylhurst University with Richard Steiner of Kyoto. Sponsored by Print Arts Northwest and McClains Printmaking Supply, it was a huge success. We had 16 students with 8 more wanting to take the class...who says woodblock is not popular? One from Seattle, one from SF, two from LA and one from New Haven Conn. on the east coast. I learned a lot, as you heard me crowing about the new carving thing that allow me a little more blocks look pretty bad but now I have hope that they will improve. I am trying to marry the solarplate images with woodblock and so far having limited success. Probably I am too impatient. I do like the plastic texture Richard introduced, it is unusual to print as you need very little paste and pigment since it in totally non absorbant. I need to work with this some more to use it more far I have just used it for an over all pattern.

And I am getting so good with the bokashi...practice does indeed make perfect (or at lease good) Dave, you would have been proud of me!

The prints from the workshop were really fine, considering some were trying this for the first time. Everyone wants to come again next year, so we might do it again and for two weeks....hard to get much practice in one week.

Since my camera is not digital, I will post photos on the blog as soon as I get them developed. That is assuming I have not cut everyone's head off. Photography is not my strong point!

I thought I was recovered from the summit and the workshop but left my purse at my Dad's foster care the morning and had to go back and get it, so guess not as good as I would like.

If anyone else tries the method of carving we put a picture of on the blog, let me know how it works for you. I was originally using a 7.5 bull nosed chisel but just got a smaller one (4.5mm) so will see if it is better or worse for this. I assumed it would be better, but I am not sure the smaller actually is, I tried it very briefly and it sort of stuck in the wood.....of course it might just need sharpening.

I did break down and order the electric sharpening machine, leather wheels and white chalk and your tools are fabulous....they cut like butter. Soon I will have all the toys imaginable.

Best to all,
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 27 Aug 2006 03:55:40 -0000
Subject: [Baren 31626] 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. (23 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Wood Engraver

Author: Andy English
Item: Engraving Al Fresco


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


[Baren] members: if you have a printmaking blog (or a website with a published ATOM feed), and wish it to be included in this daily checklist, please write to the Baren Blog Manager at:

For reference, sites/blogs currently being checked are:
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Message 7
From: "Marilynn Smith"
Date: Sat, 26 Aug 2006 22:45:48 -0700
Subject: [Baren 31627] Re: Baren Digest (old) V36 #3598
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Oh my Bea, I was considering cutting my puzzle piece where it might be at
least sideways as Maria seemed to encourage anything goes, so why worry
about upside down. If your work is as wonderful as it always has been than
it will be wonderful upside down!!! As they say a good composition reads
any way you put it.

Carol, you are welcome. Oil is part of wood and good cutting wood contains
oil, putting linseed on shina will not hurt your printing (yes this goes for
water or oil based printing)and it will help the wood to cut much much
easier. I have a wonderful man who has been working with wood all his life
and he taught me that .

I can also say to relax more with this hanga printmaking. I have been
around 2 summits and one workshop and everyone has a different approach. I
think one should not fear putting on paste or pigment, and please do wash
those brushes. I was amazed to see that I can really wash them like I do
every other brush i own and let them dry, but do indeed hang them up or put
them face down to dry. Guys this is not as hard as some would make it to
be, the thing is I was scared of it, bad experience. Too bad for me, but I
have certainly grown because of the loving care of this wonderful group. I
would highly encourage anything goes to make it work and do not go with
fear. Have fun!