Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38034] Re: Baren Member blogs: Note for Julio & Benny ("Oscar Bearinger")
  2. [Baren 38035] Re: presses (Barbara Mason)
  3. [Baren 38036] presses and chop marks (Linda Beeman)
  4. [Baren 38037] Re: presses (Anthony Lazorko)
  5. [Baren 38038] Re: Chop Mark story ("Terry Peart")
  6. [Baren 38039] Re: presses and chop marks (Charles Morgan)
  7. [Baren 38040] special friends (Charles Morgan)
  8. [Baren 38041] Re: Baren Member blogs: Note for Julio & Benny (Graham Scholes)
  9. [Baren 38042] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4692 (Jan 31, 2009) (Graham Scholes)
  10. [Baren 38043] Re: Baren Member blogs: Note for Julio & Benny ("Oscar Bearinger")
  11. [Baren 38044] 911 Portfolio Participants (ArtfulCarol #
  12. [Baren 38045] Re: Chop Mark story (Diana Moll)
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Message 1
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 13:56:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38034] Re: Baren Member blogs: Note for Julio & Benny
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Hi Julio
You may not know it, but for those of us with computers that can't handle
videos your recent postings are an excruicating tease, as I can't see a
thing! :o)

I would dearly love to see a of that table-top letterpress rig
that you posted the other day.
And now here is a "wood engraving technique" which I would also love to see.

I don't suppose there's anything you can do for me in this respect. ...I
guess I'll try to catch up to you in a couple years or something, when I
upgrade :o) !!

Your chop story was pretty funny, Benny. Bien! And I certainly feel for
your sudden loss of a dear companion.

Print on, everyone!
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Message 2
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:11:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38035] Re: presses
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You can find used presses, you need to scour the internet and tell everyone you know that you are looking for one.
The Ettan is a good press but lightweight, it has a very small top roller that can cause you some problems but there are ways to get around that. The Conrad is a heavier press and good for the long haul. There are some very lightweight presses made in Brazil, called the Richeson they are also good. They need to be bolted down to a table or they move when you try to turn the handle under pressure. I recently saw a press for sale on the Seattle Print Arts newsletter.
18x36 is not big enough for a full sheet of paper so if you have a chance to get 25x48 that would be a better choice for long term.
There are table top presses that size.
My best
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Message 3
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 14:58:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38036] presses and chop marks
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Presses - try Craig's List. That's how I found mine. It was in mint condition, 1/2 the price of new and the size I wanted.

Chop marks made from MDF? You don't have a problem with it swelling when it's wet?
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Message 4
From: Anthony Lazorko
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:10:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38037] Re: presses
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Hi Arturo:
I have a press for sale; here's a description:

Polymetaal Etching Press
This JSV-50 etching press was made in the Netherlands by the Polymetaal Press Company. The bed dimensions are 5ocm x 1oocm, diameter upper roller is 12.5cm, diameter lower solid roller is 8cm. A detachable wheel drives the lower roller of the JSV at a 3:1 ratio. Heavily built with an adjustable plate guide, the top roller is also mounted and can be raised by loosening the two spindles. The rollers turn on ball-bearings. The bed is fitted with an extremely hard synthetic material.
The JSV-series have a gearing system with gear wheels on the lower roller. A press with a gearing system always prints more uniformly than a press with a direct drive. The printing speed should always be constant during printing, to avoid an uneven transfer of ink to the paper. The gear-wheels are protected with a steel cover.
The hard synthetic plate runs between adjustable guide strips, mounted on the solid steel frames.
The pressure springs are found under the upper roller. If the spindles are loosened the upper roller is raised by spring pressure. This results in a space appearing between the upper roller and the bed, thus facilitating the sliding of the printing sandwich. This feature makes this press also very suitable for lino and woodcut printing.
The star wheel is secured with a key and can therefore be dismantled.
Shims of leather or card board can be placed under the spindles thus providing more flexibility during printing (useful when printing woodcuts, to compensate a little bit for irregularities in the wood).
Two types of stands are available for these presses; stands with, or stands without casters. The stands can be dismantled and they are manufactured from square piping. The casters can be blocked in both directions. The nylon caster wheels have a diameter of 12,5cm (5") to allow an easy moving of the press. The stands are available from the distributor, Printmakers Machine Co., 724 North Yale Ave., Villa Park, IL 60181.
I'm selling only the press without the stand. It's about a year old and I'm selling this because I was able to obtain a larger one.
The press will be trucked in its orIginal crate to the buyer. The weight is approx. 350 lbs. Arrangements will need to made about pick-up or shipping,
I live in Mesilla near Las Cruces some 225 miles from Albuquerque.

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Message 5
From: "Terry Peart"
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:27:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38038] Re: Chop Mark story
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Thank you for the story about your chop mark. I forgot to mention that mine also came in a nice little silk covered box, too.

And I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your friend.
I, too, just recently lost my dog-friend of 14 years. We, also, went everywhere together and were bonded in a very special way. I don't know that I'll ever stop missing her.

West Seattle
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Message 6
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 15:47:55 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38039] Re: presses and chop marks
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You know, I worried about that briefly. But when I thought about it a bit, I stopped worrying.

1) Most chop marks are applied with oily ink, or perhaps a stamp pad.
2) At most I might be running it under water briefly in the process of cleaning it with vegetable oil and detergent.
3) Scraps of mdf are easy to find free everywhere. So at worst I might have to make another.

Sooo, in 2 years of use, cleaning it sometimes and not cleaning it sometimes, using oil based ink and acrylics, etc., etc., it is just as good today (better in some ways) as the day I carved it. Sure, it does not have a carved lion or monkey on top ... it does not weigh half a pound and feel smooth and groovy ... it does not draw oohs and ahhs when someone sees it ... no one is tempted to steal it ... and I do not get to tell a great story about the ancient Chinese gentleman who carved it for me (unless I lie a lot). But the symbolism is my very own and I can change it whenever I want. I can also have several sizes to suit the size of the print. And it cost me nothing but my ingenuity to create the design and my own labor to carve it.

I have one of those marble things, lion on top, weighs half a pound, carved by a local Chinese gentleman, that phonetically says "Charles" ... me and Prince Charles have the same chop!!! It isn't really me ... I never use it.

I wrote an article for the Nature Printing Society a couple of years ago about making your own chop. If anyone would like a copy, just send me an email off list.

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 7
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:01:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38040] special friends
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I send my deepest and sincerest sympathies to those of you who have lost those special 4 footed friends. I have lost far too many over the years. I remember wonderful times with each and every one of them. I miss them all very deeply. It still brings tears to my eyes every time I think of any one of them. I have trained them for hunting, obedience competitions, serious guard work, sheep dog trials, general farm work, and just to be good canine citizens. They live with me, used to go to the office with me before I became self-unemployed, and I now have 2 that are with me almost 24 hours a day. They are without doubt the grandest, most loyal companions one could hope for. With the exception of one or two people, my bond with my dogs has been deeper than that with any human being.

You will never replace that lost friend. There will be no substitute. They are all distinct. But you can love another, and that will help. I wish you well in finding your next special friend.

Warmest, best wishes ...... Charles
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Message 8
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:38:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38041] Re: Baren Member blogs: Note for Julio & Benny
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Hi Oscar....

I am not sure if that video is still on YouTube...
but it was there...

Is your computer very old and that is the reason it
will not run a video? There are quite bag of video
types and you may need an application.

If you are using a Mac send me the model and
what operating system you are using... I may
be able to hold your hand.

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Message 9
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:43:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38042] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V46 #4692 (Jan 31, 2009)
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Sharri LaPierre wrote:
> Graham, I don't know what to say - no more boobcamp? And, a Granny
> Suite? It is the end of an era. ;-)

It seems so....
Or is it the start of another era/phase/chapter......

Marnie & Graham
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Message 10
From: "Oscar Bearinger"
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:47:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38043] Re: Baren Member blogs: Note for Julio & Benny
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Thanks everyone.
Barbara was able to solve my problem of not assessing videos -- "go to the
library and watch it from there!"
So I may yet catch up to you, Julio!
My current block is such a miniature ("how miniature?") that I'm considering
calling it an engraving :o)
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Message 11
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 16:54:53 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38044] 911 Portfolio Participants
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I am passing on to you the e-mail below, from Sarah Hauser

Hi folks, an acquaintance of mine is putting together a book for publication
of images, stories, etc about 911, and was interested in getting in touch
with the participants in the above print portfolio. Her name is Loren Ellis
and please email her at _poetryandprosenyc@yahoo.com_
( if you are interested in more information on participating in
this book.

I have the list of participants in the firemen print portfolio as such:

Maria Arango
Tyrus Clutter
Gayle Wohlken
Georga Garside
John Center
Dan Dew
Bea Gold
Mary Kuster
Sharri LaPierre
Ruth Leaf
Sharen Linder
Jan Telfer
Frank Trueba
Cindy Wilson
Bobbi Mandel
James Mundie
Akemi Ohira
Julio Rodriguez
Marilynn Smith
Lezle Williams

I am missing email addresses for
Tyrus Clutter
Mary Kuster
Ruth Leaf
Cindy Wilson
Bobbi Mandel
Akemi Ohira
Marilynn Smith
John Center

Anyway, please email Loren directly if you are interested in finding out
more about this opportunity.
Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY
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Message 12
From: Diana Moll
Date: Tue, 03 Feb 2009 17:35:22 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38045] Re: Chop Mark story
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Hi, Benny,
Chops or seals have long and interesting history, check some of it
out here

On my "Studio Seal" I have my last then first name almost
phonectcally, my first name translating alternately to "red painter"
or "peaceful painter"...

But mostly I am so sorry you lost a very good friend........animal
human bonds are so deep and rich.

All best,
Diana Moll