Today's postings

  1. [Baren 36008] Murillo photocopy (guadalupe victorica reyes)
  2. [Baren 36009] Re: Photocopy (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 36010] Benjammin Project taking off! ("Imin Yeh")
  4. [Baren 36011] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  5. [Baren 36012] imaging on precut block (Jennifer Martindale)
  6. [Baren 36013] Re: Woodblock print music video ... (Dave Bull)
  7. [Baren 36014] knife sharpening question ("Oscar Bearinger")
  8. [Baren 36015] Re: knife sharpening question (David Harrison)
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Message 1
From: guadalupe victorica reyes
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 14:14:39 +0000
Subject: [Baren 36008] Murillo photocopy
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Murilo, I have an acrylic painting that is a self portrait. I could send you a photo by Internet and you can print the copy. It takes about 3 weeks to get mail from México to Brazil and it is expensive. Will this photo by electronic mail help you?
Best Regards, Guadalupe
PS Your English is very good. If at one time you speak Spanish and you need translation please let me know.

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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 09:27:45 -0700
Subject: [Baren 36009] Re: Photocopy
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Would you send the address to which you wish the self-portraits sent?
If it was in recent messages, I missed it. I've been out of town.

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Message 3
From: "Imin Yeh"
Date: Tue, 17 Jun 2008 21:03:42 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36010] Benjammin Project taking off!
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I just wanted to share with you the progress of the Benjammin Print project.
I have updated the blog and you can all check it out here:

Thanks to everybody who has been supportive and I hope some of you will be
open to trade a print and show how much more valuable a trade is and a
connection to another creative person is than cold hard cash.

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Message 4
From: Blog Manager
Date: 18 Jun 2008 03:55:32 -0000
Subject: [Baren 36011] 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: Woodblock Dreams

Author: Annie B
Item: Stuck Inside a Woodblock


[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: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 10:42:41 +0100
Subject: [Baren 36012] imaging on precut block
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I would like to thank everyone that gave information about getting an image onto a block prior to carving. It has been a most intriguing insight into various work techniques, and I propose to lift my game from the tracing onto carbon technique I have been using and experiment more.

Although, like many of you, I have found that the repeating process (in my case, original drawing, then a master on to transparent tracing paper including kento, then carbon copies of appropriate sections from the tracing paper master onto the blocks for the various separations) gave me both a clearer understanding of the colour separations required and introduced variations from the original idea as 'improvements' came to the hand, eye and mind. Most of the latter were intentional, but the system does also allow for the 'happy accident' that I so love about printing. The repeated copying also seem to give the carving hand an understanding of the line required, if that does not sound too fanciful.

Again thank you all for your generosity of knowledge, and Dave's patience in having to repeat fundamentals to each new generation of us fumbling away in our separate studios. I came to all this via the woodblock encyclopedia and the various scanning of out of print books of knowledge created by Dave, the latter helped I believe by his daughters at the time. I can recommend Himi's bag by the way, strong and well made, and a joy to use.

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Message 6
From: Dave Bull
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 19:18:02 +0900
Subject: [Baren 36013] Re: Woodblock print music video ...
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> Item: Stuck Inside a Woodblock
> music-video-by.html

Nice find!

For those of you who may not be following many of these blog postings -
this YouTube video is well worth a look!

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Message 7
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 08:05:43 -0400
Subject: [Baren 36014] knife sharpening question
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Good morning, folks

I knew what I did wrong even before I did it !!! I guess it was excitement at beginning a new woodcut, but alas,
I went too deep, too fast, and left the tip of my beautiful Japanese knife in the hard maple!

My question:
are there any special things I need to do with Japanese steel blades when re-grinding it to a new full edge?

I am well experienced with sharpening, but I think Japanese steel edges are a compound or something and I'm just wondering whether I need to do some special, different from the usual western one-piece blade edges? I've never re-ground a J. blade.

I looked for archives for the Baren discussion group, as I thought this question may have been answered before.
Couldn't find the archives. Is there an archives? What is the URL?

Thanks in advance.

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Message 8
From: David Harrison
Date: Wed, 18 Jun 2008 13:52:34 +0100
Subject: [Baren 36015] Re: knife sharpening question
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Not having one I don't know, but I've heard that the average bench grinder
runs too fast and hot for the temper on this sort of steel. There are
waterstone grinders but it hardly seems worth buying one for a single knife point!

Once you've done the repair you might want to change the shape of the point
itself to reduce its fragility. Dave Bull talks about 'knocking off' the tip
of a knife here:

There's a lot of discussion on Annie Bisset's blog here:

I like the idea of doing the main reshaping using coarse-ish wet and dry paper
on float glass, then going to waterstones once the tip shape is as you like it...

Best of luck,

David H