Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35565] Re: press advice ("Wilson, Cyndy")
  2. [Baren 35566] press advice (ArtSpotiB #
  3. [Baren 35567] Press chasing.... (Lana Lambert)
  4. [Baren 35568] Re: Press chasing.... ("cjpiers")
  5. [Baren 35569] Re: Press chasing.... ("cjpiers")
  6. [Baren 35570] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  7. [Baren 35571] New press ("Jean Womack")
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Message 1
From: "Wilson, Cyndy"
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 14:33:52 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35565] Re: press advice
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I have a Griffen press also. Great press and beautiful. Got it from the
folks who make them in Oakland.

Cyndy Wilson
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Message 2
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 22:07:44 EDT
Subject: [Baren 35566] press advice
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re:Griffin Press

I too have a Griffin. It is a wonderful press. I particularily like the wheel
rather than spokes/crank. Wheels definitely spare the back. I've been lent a
stone litho press and expect to replace the nasty crank soonest.

My own experience with them has, I believe and in my opinion, been less than
stellar. What I do have difficulty with is that they are completely
unavailable for any kind of repair. I have literally tried for years to pay them to come
to my (closeby) studio. It's nothing personal. It's just that they are not
interested. I've heard other artists say the same, with speculations as to why,
but it's beyond me.

I'd never purchase a press with a grooved roller as one ding/scrape and it's
always faulty...They also tend to collect inks and debris, clogging and then
are the devil to clean. I believe that one of the manuf. mentioned supplies
such a roller but I may be out of date.

ArtSpot Out
BA at OMebase

There is no instance of a nation benefiting from prolonged warfare. -Sun
Tzu, general (6th century BCE)
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Message 3
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:09:01 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35567] Press chasing....
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I notice everyone has been speaking of buying new
presses but it can pay off to put your ear to the
ground and see whats shaking in the way of a used
press. I won't lie and say it's easy but both of my
presses are used (they are letterpresses though) and
I've saved three nipping presses from the smelting
factories. Scrounge around the net and see what you
turn up. I kind of treat it like a vacation adventure
as far as shipping is concerned....a reservation at
the motel nearest said press and a rented
U-haul....and a strong back.

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Message 4
From: "cjpiers"
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:25:59 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35568] Re: Press chasing....
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What are nipping presses?

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Message 5
From: "cjpiers"
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 20:35:15 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35569] Re: Press chasing....
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I figured it out.
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Message 6
From: Blog Manager
Date: 7 Apr 2008 03:55:28 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35570] 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. (45 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Tibet Woodblock - Research


Site Name: pressing-issues

Author: Ellen Shipley
Item: Web Page Design


Site Name: Phare-Camp Art Journal

Author: Phare-Camp
Item: Life Outside the Studio Window


Site Name: Jennifer Martindale

Author: JennifersCabin
Item: Spring flowers

Author: JennifersCabin
Item: Springtime in Bruges and UK


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Message 7
From: "Jean Womack"
Date: Sun, 6 Apr 2008 23:11:49 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35571] New press
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You could rent a truck and drive to British Columbia and bring the press back yourself for $1,000. B.C. is a beautiful place to visit.

I'd buy one myself if I had the money. Of course, my house needs a new roof and gutters also.

I've been playing with making rubber stamps from solar plates. Great fun. I don't have the perfect recipe for it yet, though.

Jean Womack