Today's postings

  1. [Baren 38592] Plywood identification ("Harry French")
  2. [Baren 38593] Re: Plywood identification (ArtfulCarol #
  3. [Baren 38594] Sharpening (Lana Lambert)
  4. [Baren 38595] exchange theme (josepht280 #
  5. [Baren 38596] Wandering Ox (Lana Lambert)
  6. [Baren 38597] Re: Warhol and Lichtenstein - 1966 (Julio.Rodriguez #
  7. [Baren 38598] earthquake (aqua4tis #
  8. [Baren 38599] Re: Wandering Ox (RAKESH BANI)
  9. [Baren 38600] Re: Plywood identification (Graham Scholes)
  10. [Baren 38601] Theme #41 (Lester Doré)
  11. [Baren 38602] Re: Sharpening (Georgina Leahy)
  12. [Baren 38603] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Harry French"
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 13:29:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38592] Plywood identification
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Several years ago I requested your help in identifying an "Exterior Plywood"
that I was using for woodblock printing from the local do it yourself store.
Within a day it was identified as Meranti. I have the same problem again.
The store has change its 'Exterior Plywood' and I don't know what it is. May
I ask the question again on the forum?

I have uploaded a photograph and thank you in anticipation.


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Message 2
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 13:41:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38593] Re: Plywood identification
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I have plywood that looks like that. It is not smooth, but carves easily.
Identity unknown.
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Message 3
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:24:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38594] Sharpening
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Hi Georgina,
I used to loath sharpening too. I would "waste" whole days sharpening my tools and getting frustrated when I would sharpen the wrong way and then have to begin again. I will say that those "wasted" days were a valuable tool in teaching me how to sharpen. You learn the tricks of dealing with different tools the time you spend with them. One thing I've noticed about sharpening U-gouges is that you have to pay more attention to the edges as they will grind down slower than the middle. This will only happen if the middle is ground thin by keeping an angle on the bottom. I made the mistake of not attending to this bottom angle and perfecting the sides. The tool would not gouge very far and I had to regrind material off the bottom. Once I did this, it slipped right through the wood. If you use a knife, sharpen it by holding the blade horizontally "hari-kari" style and grinding it shortly back and forth. I used to draw it towards me in a vertical
fashion and that left me with a curved elongated blade. Doing it the other way will not only create a razor sharp edge but also the perfect angle at the same time if you hold it right. I have two different sized knives and I compare one to the other while I'm sharpening so I know I'm on the right track. I also use water stones....and a variety of four with different grit. :)

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Message 4
From: josepht280 #
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:25:36 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38595] exchange theme
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I think Window is a wonderful theme for 41. I can see all the other themes accommodated within this theme.
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Message 5
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:26:05 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38596] Wandering Ox
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I'm not worried. Here's what I think happened. Your ox set out for my place but then got hungry along the way and wandered back home for a bit of grass! I hope mine will make it to India okay!

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Message 6
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:26:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38597] Re: Warhol and Lichtenstein - 1966
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I blogged a video program from 1966 with interviews on Andy Warhol and Roy
Lichtenstein.....some screen printmaking at the Factory....but since both
these artists to some degree 'appropriated' commercial work I thought it
was worth a look. These are early interviews about the time both artists
were defining Pop Art in America... Warhol's is humorous as he seems to
be not quite 'there' and don't miss some rare footage of Lichtenstein at
his studio working on a few paintings. One of his paintings has sold for
5.5 million dollars !!!

thanks and enjoy......Julio
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Message 7
From: aqua4tis #
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 14:56:08 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38598] earthquake
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has anyone heard from colleen coradi? i knows she was in the abruzzo area.
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Message 8
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:18:48 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38599] Re: Wandering Ox
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Haa haa haaaaaaaa , Yes that's right..........
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Message 9
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:29:47 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38600] Re: Plywood identification
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I thing we need more information....
The image on the site is blurred.
Can you describe the grain... is it grainy to the touch or smooth.
One image has pronounced grain the other is more subtle
Is the colour change apparent on the wood as it shows in the graphic.
lI see mottled colours ranging from beige - soft pinks, greens and
blues. Is that the front and back of the plywood? All monitors are
not calibrated the same... so what I see could be quite different from
Mine is set up to certain Phosphor Values of the Red Green Blue and

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Message 10
From: Lester Doré
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 15:32:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38601] Theme #41
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I vote green for leaves and trees and summer and landscapes.

Lester Doré
5710 Forsythia Place
Madison Wisconsin 53705
lhdore at wisc dot edu

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Message 11
From: Georgina Leahy
Date: Mon, 06 Apr 2009 21:07:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 38602] Re: Sharpening
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Hi Lana
thank you for that advice
I have been reading the baren and your advice will help

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
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Subject: Registration Puzzle
Posted by: Annie B

One of the satisfying things about this print is that it gives me the opportunity to use a Mayflower block that I carved facing the wrong way back in December. Figuring out how to integrate that small 8" x 10" Mayflower block with this 8" x 20" print was an interesting challenge that I worked on tonight.

I want the boat to run off the side of the print area, like this:


My kento (registration) marks are at the opposite end of this long print, so I need to somehow extend this block so that the corner kento can be marked 20 inches away. I also need the boat block to be turned at the same angle as the top of the blue ocean area, and I'll need to use a mask to block any ink from bleeding out from around the print area. I decided to try rigging up something with some foam board that I had left over from framing last month.

First I put the Mayblower block on top of the ocean block that I printed yesterday to help me visualize the situation:


I figured that I could use a piece of clear acetate to both be the mask and to transfer all the essential information to the foam board. I cut some acetate to a size larger than the image (I think it was about 11" x 24") and placed it on my sketch (hanshita) being sure to line it up exactly with the registration marks on my sketch. Then I traced the outline of the ship location plus the lines where I would later cut the opening for the mask:

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