Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40409] 2010 European landscape workshops with Nina Weiss (cucamongie #
  2. [Baren 40410] Corrected web Address (Gayle Wohlken)
  3. [Baren 40411] Re: Interview: Endi Poskovic On Large Format Woodblock (Lana Lambert)
  4. [Baren 40412] last years cards.. (Claudia Coonen)
  5. [Baren 40413] Re: last years cards.. (Charles Morgan)
  6. [Baren 40414] bamboo this! ("Maria Arango Diener")
  7. [Baren 40415] Re: bamboo this! (David Bull)
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Message 1
From: cucamongie #
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:49:01 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40409] 2010 European landscape workshops with Nina Weiss
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Following is information about some upcoming landscape workshops in Europe with Nina Weiss, who is a friend of mine and a wonderful artist and teacher. Please respond to her if you are interested. All the best, Sarah


Announcing the 2010

Now in our 9th year!

IRISH LANDSCAPE WORKSHOP JULY 17- 26 Connemara: Leenane, Roundstone, Clifden, Bunratty
with a day trip to the Aran Islands and Galway

JULY 27- AUGUST 7 2010
Umbria: Todi, Orvieto Lazio: Casperia, Tivoli

Now accepting applications! To view our 2010 catalogue, please click:

To download an enrollment form, click here:

For further information, please contact Nina at
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Message 2
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 15:53:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40410] Corrected web Address
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Bareners, the untranslated Spanish post from Subi Sebiros is a
corrected web address, which should be

~Gayle Wohlken
Baren Archivist
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Message 3
From: Lana Lambert
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 17:30:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40411] Re: Interview: Endi Poskovic On Large Format Woodblock
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Annie, Thanks so much for this link! I haven't had time to read the whole thing yet but what few paragraphs
I did get through gave me so much inspiration! I really love the pop and dynamism of Endi's lines and colors
and have some very large blocks (including the Horse Shoe Crab) awaiting me.  So glad to see that others are
tackling large scale prints as well.

On that note, anyone have any advice on edition sizes for large scale prints? I'm hoping for 20 but somehow
even this feels like a large number as the paper will extend to 42 inches!

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Message 4
From: Claudia Coonen
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:01:07 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40412] last years cards..
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Hopefully the rats have eaten through and the oxen has plodded through your
mail boxes. I apologize to anyone who may have had a $.01 due, my daughter
grabbed the wrong pile and dropped them in the box. Tigers run faster so
hopefully before the end of this year..(right Charles?)
Happy Newest Year All

Claudia Coonen
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Message 5
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Fri, 15 Jan 2010 21:35:22 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40413] Re: last years cards..
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Your delightful oxen arrived today ... Now if we can just keep up!!!

Cheers ...... Charles
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Message 6
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 01:19:23 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40414] bamboo this!
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Well, I'm here to relate my baren covering adventure.
First, soak the "plants" as Carol Lyons calls them in my tub. I had three
left over from goodnessknowswhen and they still “seemed” ripe for using.
Well, a little dry, which I will get to in a sec…
So later I forgot and went to take a shower. I bathed with my bamboo, felt
like I was in the wild in a hidden spring in the backcountry of Japan…okay
okay, not really. I was trying to avoid the whole thing and started again to
think of alternatives…canvas works well incidentally, although it doesn’t
really shrink very much and thus a bit loose, but neither does it shred to
pieces like the darned bamboo thinguies.

Done soaking, wrapped in towel, nice and soft after a day or so but not too
soft. Watched Dave’s video again on HDTV, for the umpteenth time; my husband
wanted to watch CSI so I had to quit, he claims HE could now tie the darned
Bit the bullet and untied my old one, now with four cracks and two holes
mended with duct tape from the inside, that works for a while. HEY, if I
could find five-inch duct tape, I’d be in business…nah, back to the bamboo.

Scissors, rock, pape—er, string, clamps in lieu of toes…I’m ready, master.
Where are my reading glasses?
First try using a bamboo skin that already had a crack; if it turns out
perfect I’m shooting it. Smooth out with rock, that’s the fun part, run
fingernail…can feel some ridges, smooth again, feels good (like I KNOW what
the dickens it’s s’posed to feel LIKE). Cut to size, oops, I think maybe too
close to the baren; I tried to follow the pattern of the old one. Hopefully
I will mess up with my practice skin. Yep, already did, tuck, fold, tuck,
fold, tuck, rip, curse, tuck, fold, clamp…other side, ditto, two rips this
time. Bamboo too wet, too soft, too old—me, too strong, too impatient…sorry

Bamboo skin 1
Maria 0

Second try, same thing but my tucks looked better. Left my best skin for
last, keep your fingers crossed (need a clamp?)

Bamboo 2
Maria 0

Third try, this one COULD work if I manage to get it right. Here we go,
rock, snip, tuck, fold, twisty twisty, clamp…oh, okay, this side looks fair.
Other side, tuck, fold, tuck, almost rip, tuck, crap already tucked, fold I
mean, tuck, fold, twisty twisty, clamp. I did a yoga pose here to calm
myself down, the dance; lost my balance, almost ate the scissors, fell on
the rock, back to my baren…

Unclamped while holding the two ends and praying to the Japanese god of
bamboo, twisted both ends together only to find my string had fallen prey to
the new kitten who had unraveled almost the whole thing and was currently
daring me to play. CRAP, clamped again, found kitten, bad kitten, purr purr,
oh okay, I’ll get another string. Twisted ends together, held with one hand,
wrapped string around like the old one…hmmm, not bad, not bad.

Maria ½

Final result, scale of 1-10
Look: 6, the tucks look decent, the “handle” looks okay, the knot looks like
a knot
Looseness: 7, which is the same as saying, tightness: 3 but a seven looks
better than a three
Ability to follow instructions: 9
Willingness to follow instructions: 2 (the hopeless experimenter…)

Will try again some other time, meantime, my baren is useable again…and it
LOOKS good! (loosie goosie). Perhaps it will shrink a bit, we are
experiencing unusual high humidity at a whopping 12%. Yeah, that's it, it
will shrink...sigh.


PS My woodblock oxen are one color away from being finished and on the way
next week, tigers on deck


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Message 7
From: David Bull
Date: Sat, 16 Jan 2010 03:22:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40415] Re: bamboo this!
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Maria wrote:
> Well, I’m here to relate my baren covering adventure.

Sounds like somebody had fun!

> So later I forgot and went to take a shower.

Reading through your adventure, this is the only place that sent up a
little red flag for me. If you soak the skins for too long (for more
than a couple of minutes, actually) they really get too soggy. I mean,
we want them 'soft', but we don't want them so soft and wet that they
feel saturated.

One problem is that they will split and tear just too easily while
folding, and the other is that they will shrink just too much when
drying, and you're quite likely to have them split wide open at that
stage ...

> Will try again some other time, meantime, my baren
> is useable again…and it LOOKS good!

Congratulations! (Pics, or it didn't happen! :-)