Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43515] Re: v-gouge woes (Shireen Holman)
  2. [Baren 43516] Tiny prints (Eileen Corder)
  3. [Baren 43517] Re: v-gouge woes (Graham Scholes)
  4. [Baren 43518] Re: Tiny prints (Barbara Mason)
  5. [Baren 43519] Re: Tiny prints ("Bea Gold")
  6. [Baren 43520] Tiny Print Size (Gayle Wohlken)
  7. [Baren 43521] Re: Tiny prints (eli griggs)
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Message 1
From: Shireen Holman
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 13:47:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43515] Re: v-gouge woes
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V gouges are hard to sharpen. You sharpen the two sides trying to be
very careful to keep them at the same angle. I don't understand the
part about sharpening the center as though it were a u gouge. If you
do that you remove the edge and you end up with a u gouge. You want a
sharp v where the two sides meet. Don't try to sharpen the center. You
also need to briefly run the reverse side of the sharp edges on the
edge of the stone to remove the burr created during sharpening. If you
find that you are sharpening one side more than the other, spend more
time on the other side to compensate for a natural preference for one
side. Mainly this takes a whole whole lot a practice. I used to keep
one v gouge aside just to use to practice on every now and then until
I became reasonably decent at sharpening. Hope this helps some.

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Message 2
From: Eileen Corder
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 14:27:54 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43516] Tiny prints
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I vote for a square format and no theme. Harry mentioned 10cm sq. That
sounds great to me. Not TOO small but still unusual.

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Message 3
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 15:14:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43517] Re: v-gouge woes
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Hi Lana....

If you go to my site.... Woodblock Printmaking DVD Video Instructions The size and shape of your wet stone is the clue.
You will find down the right side a list of how-to's. Click on the sharpening V Gouge and ..... well Bob's your Uncle.
The 4.5 mm are relatively easy to sharpen as the size allows you to get into the v. The 1.5 mm verges on the impossible.

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Message 4
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:17:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43518] Re: Tiny prints
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This is larger than I had in mind.. the ones I have seen were about 2x3 inches
including the margins... what does everyone think?

10 cm is almost 4 inches. Maybe we should have a vote for the size...

2x3inches or5x7.5cm
4x4inches or10x10cm
3x3inches or7.5x7.5cm
3x4inches or7.5x10cm

we can make it cm if that is what people are most comfortable with, it is pretty
Doing one 2x4 inches would be is a tough format for many images
although I have seen it done well
I will go with the flow as always! The Baren is a pretty true democracy
my best
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Message 5
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Sat, 11 Jun 2011 22:43:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43519] Re: Tiny prints
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2”X 3” for me. BG

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Message 6
From: Gayle Wohlken
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 01:34:40 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43520] Tiny Print Size
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2" x 3" for me.

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Message 7
From: eli griggs
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2011 02:34:20 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43521] Re: Tiny prints
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2x3 for me as well.