Today's postings

  1. [Baren 34220] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed ("Jenn Schmitt")
  2. [Baren 34221] Hello again (Lana Lambert)
  3. [Baren 34222] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 34223] Theme for exchange #35 - FAIRY TALES ("Mike Lyon")
  5. [Baren 34224] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed (Wanda Robertson)
  6. [Baren 34225] Re: Karen Kunc and IMPACT 5 (Peter Kocak)
  7. [Baren 34226] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed (Peter Kocak)
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Message 1
From: "Jenn Schmitt"
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 09:23:43 -0400
Subject: [Baren 34220] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed
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Hi Elizabeth -

Also, is it OK to use woodcut tools for lino?

You can use woodcut tools on lino, but I would stay away from it. Linoleum
is a composite and has little chunks of debris in it that can dull or ruin a
good set of woodcut tools. The Speedball lino tools are cheap and you can
buy a pack of 4 blades of any one style for about $2 and spare wooden
handles for about the same. cheaper than buying their prepackaged sets.

I hope this helps!

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Message 2
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 07:02:07 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34221] Hello again
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Howdy all,

I signed up for the most recent exchange. The last
exchange I did with Baren Forum was the Shunga
Exchange and much has happened between then and now.
I'd just like to reintroduce myself for familiaritys
My name is Lana Lambert and I found Baren Forum when I
was still in undergrad school at the Corcoran in
Washington D.C. I picked up Moku Hanga because I
knew I was graduating and I "knew" I'd most likely
never own a press. Since then, I've come into a C&P
Pilot and a Vandercook as well as a stronger back for
it. I dropped out of the Baren Forum mailing for a
year or two as I went through some rough spots in my
art career. The trench of despair came when my
retinas spontaniously dettatched a year ago but I was
blessed with an excellent surgeon and it's been all up
hill from there. I currently have a studio space in
the McGuffey Art Center in downtown Charlottesville VA
and am teaching a few relief classes there. Maybe in
a year or two I can make printmaking my cheif
vocation! Anyway, you can follow me closer if you
wish with my blog:

I also have Etsy to thank for my turnaround (who I
found through a post here by David Bull. Thanks

Nice to meet you all again and I'm drooling with
enthusiasm over my woodblock with anticipation of the
theme for the next exchange!

-Lana Lambert
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 07:11:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34222] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed
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Happy Birthday, good job getting a press.
The best linoleum is the grey, you can get it mounted from Portland Linocut Co, McClains carries this brand.( ) The good thing about it is it is slightly relieved all around the edge so you have a border and each block is exactly the same so registration from one to the other is not problem. I have used my woodcut tools for lino with no problems, they cut it like butter. You do not have to carve it very deeply to get a good impression, it is nothing like wood. A cut or only a few thousandths in depth will print well. You will need to roll the ink on for a good print, start from the center to the edge and use several very thin layers of ink. If you decide to use mounted lino, you will need a chase or a frame made of 1x1 wood. This turns out to actually be 3/4 x 3/4 for some odd reason. I made this frame the size of my press bed. The roller sets on the wood so you do not have such a problem getting the roller on and off the block.I use a piece of matboard
instead of blankets to print as you do not want the paper forced down into the lines of the block but only to hit the top surface. I would use rubber shelf liner under each block as you carve it, keeps it from slipping and you can turn it easily. I teach a lot of kids from 5th grade up to carve lino and we do use the speeball tools. They are about $12 a set now as prices seem to have really jumped for them. I teach the kids to keep both hands on the tool, one hand cuts with one finger of the other hand to guide the tool. If you have both hands on the tool it is pretty hard to cut yourself, although it can happen, people are amazingly creative. Keep bandaids handy. To print them all at once in a group, I would make a cardboard chase or frame to drop them all into, tape this down to the press bed inside your wooden chase and just pop all the blocks inside. Unmounted I think you will have to somehow used doublestick tape to hold them down to a backing to ink and print them
in one unit.
Good luck and let us know how this project turns out for you.
If printing them as a unit does not work, print them individually and assemble them after.
Best to you
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Message 4
From: "Mike Lyon"
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 11:03:05 -0500
Subject: [Baren 34223] Theme for exchange #35 - FAIRY TALES
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Sign-up for Exchange #35 is open at -- there's still plenty
of room so if you'd like to participate. SO SIGN UP TODAY, please!

Thank you, everyone, for your helpful suggestions about the theme for this
exchange! Scoring: Favorite theme got 1 point, least favorite got 6 points.
Each participant therefore had 21 points (6+5+4+3+2+1=21)t. Several people
only listed one or two of the themes, so the rest of their points were
divided equally among the remaining themes.

Results were interesting, and there was significant 'division' between the
votes of those who are already signed up for the exchange and those who are
NOT signed up which leaves me in a bit of a quandry:


Story Telling 3.1 2.5 2.9

Fairy Tales 2.8 3.4 3.0

Tall Tales 3.8 3.8 3.8

Maps 3.5 2.5 3.1

Paranormal 3.9 3.8 3.8

Cats (...) 3.9 4.9 4.3

(lower numbers indicate more popular themes)

14 voters were signed up for #35 - their clear 1st choice was Fairy Tales
(2.8), then Story Telling (3.1), then a distant 3rd, Maps (3.5).

8 voters were not signed up for #35 - for them, Maps and Story Telling tied
for 1st choice (2.5), with Fairy Tales a distant 3rd (3.4)

22 voters overall ranking: Story Telling (2.9), Fairy Tales (3.0), Maps

So how shall I resolve the difference between those who are committed to
participate in the exchange as opposed to those who have not? Do I 'tempt'
the fence-sitters to sign-up by choosing Maps? Or "majority-rules" and go
with Story Telling? Or do I respect the wishes of actual participants and
make it Fairy Tales? I lack the wisdom of Solomon, I'm afraid (Solomon
might order the them sliced into 'Fairy Maps' or 'Story Tales' or 'Stories'
of something equally creative in order to allow the REAL mother to.)

OK. I'm getting out my wheel of fortune and giving it a spin (drum roll,
please). (spin, spin, spin, clickety-clickety-clic-ket-eeeeee-klonk!)

And the winner is.


OK - now somebody please step up to the plate, put me out of my misery, and
volunteer to take over the Baren Exchange Manager duties. Please? Please
send any complaints or negative comments directly to

Now get cutting and printing, please!


Mike Lyon
Kansas City, MO
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Message 5
From: Wanda Robertson
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 10:18:44 -0700
Subject: [Baren 34224] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed
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I would recommend the lino blocks from McClains.
They are mounted,
easy to carve & really nice. Dennis Cunningham has designed them &
they are superior to any other lino blocks I have ever tried. I
wouldn't even mess around with mounting/etc. Because if you are going
to run them through the press all at the same time - they will have to
be exactly the same height or you will have tons of problems. These
should do the trick for you.

Some people think that lino polishes your cutting tools. :-)

Good luck & Happy Birthday!

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Message 6
From: Peter Kocak
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 13:01:09 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34225] Re: Karen Kunc and IMPACT 5
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thank you April, you are great,
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Message 7
From: Peter Kocak
Date: Mon, 8 Oct 2007 13:06:31 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 34226] Re: Advice on Linoleum Needed
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of course its good, but I use the chisels in my style so take it hard warm on the flame of gas and then press it to thinner size for better lines and then also sharpened too more as it is by sellers, then are the tools well done and fine for so easy cutting as in butter :-))