Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35557] Wish me luck! (Bill Joel)
  2. [Baren 35558] Re: press advice (Tiberiu Chelcea)
  3. [Baren 35559] Re: press advice ("Amanda Miller")
  4. [Baren 35560] Must sell unused Kikuhide Hon and Murasaki Barens to pay taxes (Earl Taft)
  5. [Baren 35561] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  6. [Baren 35562] RE: Must sell unused Kikuhide Hon and Murasaki Barens to pay taxes (Joseph Sheridan)
  7. [Baren 35563] 3-D Print Show and Exchange ("Angee Lennard")
  8. [Baren 35564] RE: Wish me luck! (Rahman Mohamed)
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Message 1
From: Bill Joel
Date: Sat, 05 Apr 2008 13:02:58 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35557] Wish me luck!
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I had this idea of creating a desktop etching press on the cheap, one
that could be used for *all* types of prints including woodcuts.

It uses hardwood rolling pins as the rollers and, if I do it right,
should cost no more than say $75 to build it. If I succeed, I'll post
the plans online for free.

Bill Joel
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Message 2
From: Tiberiu Chelcea
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 10:30:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35558] Re: press advice
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Faust is no longer producing presses -- I wrote them and asked about their prices and they said they're out of that business since it was not making too much money for them.

I have a really small Richeson press (or Dick Blick Econo Etch Model II), and it's doing its job, but I'm not quite happy with it (sometimes stalls, the bed warps easily). I'm also looking (read dreaming) for some larger press that can print a full sheet of 22x30 paper. The prices are what they are for these, I've looked at all the producers that I could think of, and the cheapest would be Thomas at about 1400$. They estimated the shipping to Pittsburgh, PA at about 600$, so 2000$ overall. I assume NC would not be that different.

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Message 3
From: "Amanda Miller"
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 14:15:17 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35559] Re: press advice
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Thanks to everyone who gave feedback on the presses. This is a big
decision, and I really appreciate having your input.

A couple of things I learned--

Praga is no longer making presses--the website says that it's no longer
economically feasible :(

Shipping of the Thomas Press to the East Coast is approximately $500-700,
plus $60 customs fee and $100 crating fee. Even so, their prices are quite
low, and these are the biggest presses in my price range.

Conrad Presses have a 15 year warranty. If you buy one of the smaller
presses and want to upgrade to a larger one later, they will actually take
your smaller Conrad press as a trade in! I love that idea because my time,
space, and money are limited right now, but I can see that I would like to
have a large press in the future.

I'm still thinking it over and I'll let you know what I decide.

Happy Printing!
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Message 4
From: Earl Taft
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 12:42:43 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35560] Must sell unused Kikuhide Hon and Murasaki Barens to pay taxes
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Dear Bareners,
I bought two high-quality barens (Hon and Murasaki) from Kikuhide of Japan through the Baren Mall at the end of 2003 through the Baren Mall and never even broke the plastic wrap on them. I decided to concentrate on watercolors and woodburning/carving, rather than printmaking in the traditional Japanese style, primarily because of time considerations. I still love them, but will leave the printing to the real artists like you Bareners. My income tax bill is killing me this year and I need the money. Any suggestions on selling these barens?
Kikuhide Hon Baren 13.7 cm 16-strand (fine) No. 1279, dated 12/2003, currently listed at $1302.27 on the Mall. It is still in the plastic wrap and never opened or used. The info (most in Japanese) is still with it in the wooden box (the box lid was damaged when I received it from Japan).

Kikuhide 'Murasaki Super' Baren 12.5 cm, dated 11/2003, currently listed at $204.55 on the Mall. This baren is also still in its original plastic wrapper and has never been used.
I am afraid to list it on eBay and thought maybe someone in the Baren community might know a good place to list them, so I don't have to settle for pennies on the dollar. I bought the best barens, when I was planning to do Japanese Woodblock Prints, but never produced a print from them.

Earl Taft
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Earl A. Taft
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Message 5
From: Blog Manager
Date: 6 Apr 2008 03:55:30 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35561] 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. (43 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: The Itinerant Artist

Author: Diane Cutter


Site Name: Olansa Cuttings

Author: David
Item: Racking Up A Fair Clip


Site Name: From the studio window

Author: Sue


[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 6
From: Joseph Sheridan
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 23:15:27 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35562] RE: Must sell unused Kikuhide Hon and Murasaki Barens to pay taxes
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WOW.. you have an amazing baren. I have a 12 strand Hon baren and I love it. Though I don't use it as much as I should.
Dont sell on ebay I dont think anyone would know what it is!
You may want to email David Bull directly and see if there may be a buyer in Japan!
Best of luck
Joe Sheridan
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Message 7
From: "Angee Lennard"
Date: Sat, 5 Apr 2008 23:22:45 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35563] 3-D Print Show and Exchange
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I would like to invite all of you to participate in an exchange that we are
hosting at Spudnik Press. In an attempt to merge high brow with low brow,
"traditional techniques" with contemporary trends, and fun with serious, we
are facilitating a print exchange (and show) featuring all 3-D work. Not
actually 3 dimensional, mind you. But 3-D when viewed with those charming
red and blue glasses.

How does it work? We print a red and blue gridded background on 20 sheets of
paper, then send them your way. You print an image (graphic, bold, plain
black prints work great), and ship back at least 12 identical prints. We
hang 'em up for a show, and ship back 10 3-D prints from other artists.
Every participant gets their very own 3-D glasses. We have tested this paper
with silkscreen and intaglio, and had no problems.

It should be awesome, and while it is a light hearted exchange, we feel that
it can produce some stellar work that addresses the line between tradition
and innovation.... Please

Let me know if you have any questions.

Check out all the details at
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Message 8
From: Rahman Mohamed
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 15:32:43 +0800
Subject: [Baren 35564] RE: Wish me luck!
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Dear Bill,

Happy building! Wish you a big success. In the old days they use all wood etching press too. I saw the rebuilt one in the Rembrant's House in Amsterdam.