Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35848] Re: Baren blog access...... (Sharri LaPierre)
  2. [Baren 35849] Posts (Gayle Wohlken)
  3. [Baren 35850] Oops (Gayle Wohlken)
  4. [Baren 35851] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  5. [Baren 35852] Re: Posts (David Harrison)
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Message 1
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 10:35:41 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35848] Re: Baren blog access......
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Julio & Dave,
I have not received a Digest since May 16 - is this Comcast again? Or
some other malfeasant? Or maybe no one has posted anything --

Cheers ~
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Message 2
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 14:17:50 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35849] Posts
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Sharri, and anyone else curious about the posting situation -- to ease
your mind about the forum, it is just that nobody has been posting the
past few days. Maybe everyone's busy meeting deadlines or planting
gardens (in the northern hemisphere) or raking leaves (in the southern
hemisphere). :-)

In my own case, I've been working in collaboration with another artist
on the tee shirt for the annual Raccoon County Music Festival, and I
have just finished two woodcut editions for other projects. Also I've
been asked to design a woodcut logo for a local organic farm. Lots of
artwork. That's what it's all about!

Here's a technical question. I may have asked it before, but I don't
mind asking again. In sharpening my tools, I find the largest tools
are the most difficult to make sharp. The small tools sharpen
beautifully. I'm not using machines, just water stones, then I do a
final honing using boards (and dowels) coated with honing compound
(as described by Barener Eli Griggs -- check it out on this page at
Maria Arango's corner of the web --
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Message 3
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Sun, 18 May 2008 14:23:25 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35850] Oops
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Sorry, folks. The link on honing from Maria's website doesn't seem to
work. I got it from Google so maybe it's an old page that may have
been removed or changed to a different location on her website.

(ps I notice I didn't sign my name on my above post -- Out of
practice, I guess)
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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 19 May 2008 03:55:29 -0000
Subject: [Baren 35851] 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. (48 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: mLee Fine Art

Author: Marissa L. Swinghammer
Item: A Beautiful Weekend in Boston


Site Name: Serendipity Artist

Item: Light - key block for second in this stray dog series


[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 5
From: David Harrison
Date: Mon, 19 May 2008 10:47:45 +0100
Subject: [Baren 35852] Re: Posts
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Here are a couple of ideas why that might happen:

1. Consistency of bevel angle. If you sharpen a small tool to a fractionally
different bevel angle than before, you can get away with it as it's not so
hard to reshape the bevel completely. On larger tools this can just wear the
bevel into a concave shape without necessarily touching the edge. If the
convexity is subtle enough it's not always easy to spot.

2. Area. You're not wearing away so much metal on a smaller tool. Double the
size of tool and you're wearing away around four times the amount of metal.
It's going to take longer.

My two cents' worth...

David H