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Subject: Update: prints, travel ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Remember this picture we saw here on the RoundTable a few weeks ago?

See the fine wire up at the left arrving at the house just under the eave? That's an optical fibre line - my connection to the world.

Since I took that photo, the wisteria has finished blossoming and exploded in new growth. And that wire is a prime 'target' - this stuff would take over the planet as long as it could find a line to follow, and it has decided that the houses across the street look like prime targets ...

As much as I like having the wistaria here, I have to recognize that enough is enough, so I arranged for one of my neighbours - a guy who works in roofing - to come over with a ladder and some strong shears.

He scampered up there with no problem, and got to work:

He would happily have cleared the whole thing, but I asked him to stop about 1/3 of the way down the roof. There are no wires at the back of the house, so we'll let it have a free run back there ... Here's the result:

Looks kind of bare right now, but in a couple of months, it'll probably be like nothing has happened. We'll see ...

This job had to be done now, because for the next couple of weeks, I won't be around to watch over the place. Next week is my parents' 60th anniversary, and the family is having our annual get-together in Vancouver to celebrate it ...

But what about my next Mystique print, you ask? Don't worry. My part in that is done, and Ichikawa-san is now getting them wrapped into their story sheets, and packaged ready for shipping. I'm taking a CD-R with my bookkeeping software on it, and will be running the invoicing on schedule from my mother's computer:

  • I'll run the invoices around the end of the second week of the month, as usual
  • Collectors will receive an automatic email notification at that time ...
  • Ichikawa-san has access to a private webpage that is updated automatically by my bookkeeping system, and as soon as she sees each payment come in, she'll drop the matching package in the post

Once I'm back, I'll finish up the carving on #4, and print it in time for shipping in July.

Ichikawa-san is also holding the prints from other sets (Solitudes, . . .
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Subject: Test Driving the New Studio
Posted by: Annie B


My nephew Chris and his longtime girlfriend Heather are getting married in a couple of weeks. They used a black and white damask motif for all their invitations and stationery, so I thought it would be nice to make a little woodcut based on that pattern that could be given to guests as a keepsake.


Here's the happy couple. Now in their mid 20s, they met in high school, so we've known Heather for a long time. She already feels like part of the family but we're thrilled to be making it official. Lucky for us they don't read my blog, so I can show you everything.


I set up my little carving easel and both of my bench hooks, as I wasn't sure what height I'd want to set the block at. I ended up using the smaller bench hook (left).


Here's a closeup of the block with the computer-composed sketch pasted on. Usually I use wheat paste to glue the sketch to the block, but I happened to have some rice paste left from a class I was teaching so I used that this time. I won't do that again, as the rice paste didn't seem to have as much strength as wheat paste. The paper peeled too easily just from the pressure of the knife blade. I had to be more careful than usual.


Here's the block all carved and ready to print.


I slipped here at the end of the job and had to do a repair. I use Super Glue as it doesn't soften when wet.


By the end of the carving session the studio barely looked messy. I guess it's because this block is only about 5 x 5 inches. A nice small project for a studio "test drive."
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