Today's postings

  1. [Baren 44814] SSNW11 Print Exchange (Charles Morgan)
  2. [Baren 44815] Lasercut blocks? (A R)
  3. [Baren 44816] Re: Lasercut blocks? (Mike Lyon)
  4. [Baren 44817] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 00:03:50 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44814] SSNW11 Print Exchange
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I have sent a notice to each participant on my list as Official Confirmation of your participation in the SSNW11 print exchange (NOT an official Baren exchange), including the number of prints required for the exchange. If you think you have signed up for this exchange, but have not received my notification email, please contact me off-list as soon as possible. Alas, I am not infallible ....

Cheers ..... Charles
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Message 2
From: A R
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 04:07:52 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44815] Lasercut blocks?
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Dear Readers,

Maybe this question has been asked before.

However as a new member I don't know.
Does anybody know about laser woodblock cutting, on on wood-, plastic- and similar material blocks.
How is this preformed?What sort of equipment is used?What types of software is used?Any ideas or insights on the result?
Is this described anywhere on the internet or in the literature?

It seems as several of my colleagues have fallen in the trap of buying reproductions made by this technique. I have also seen reproduction prints sell in internet auctions for a lot of money. The main area were these repro prints are deceptive is sosaku hanga and shin hanga.

I want to write an article about laser cuttings and the differences compared to hand carved woodblocks. In order to do this well I need to be able to identify common characteristics of laser cut blocks, so collectors and dealers can easily separate them from hand carved woodblock prints.

I understand some artists are also using this technique. maybe somebody are members here and can help out.

I now know about reproduction prints from about 5 or 6 different sources. For me it's easy to see the difference, paper, colour and so on, but I have 45 years experience and have seen many hundreds of thousands of different woodblock prints. The thing which worries me for collectors and less experienced dealers is that keyblock is almost identical to the original so the standard method for the novice of "keyblock comparison" doesn't work. I would like to be able to find the common verifiable characteristics of the laser cut blocks.

Thank you very much for your patience in reading this rather long posting.

A happy New Year from a sunny and fine weather Tokyo,
Anders Rikardson
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Message 3
From: Mike Lyon
Date: Wed, 28 Dec 2011 06:07:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 44816] Re: Lasercut blocks?
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I've used a cnc router to carve blocks for almost eight years. I don't
believe it's possible for anyone to know with certainty, solely by
examining a print example, what sort of tool was used to relieve
non-printing areas. The carved-away areas are invisible in the print.

Because cnc routing employs a rotary conical-shaped too (V-bit)l, It is
difficult or impossible to make sharply pointed acute cuts, so a
preponderance of slightly rounded terminations MIGHT indicate use of such a
rotary tool. Likewise, the existence of sharp interior carving might
indicate hand carving. At some scale, paper thickness and softness and
printing pressure outweigh carving sharpness anyway, so it may be that
laser cutting can produce an even finer line than can be carved by hand.
In that case, I doubt That you could even get a hint of how a block was
carved by looking only at a print example.

In my own work (which doesn't usually have much fine-line stuff), I'm
unable to perceive ANY difference between prints pulled from hand carved vs
machine carved blocks. Again, the paper only touches the UNcarved parts of
the blocks.

-- Mike

Mike Lyon
Kansas City, Missouri

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Subject: Back to work
Posted by: Sherrie Y

No rest for the wicked weary. Spent the day in the studio finally wrapping up the last of the little black and white linocut icons for a client. They're all scanned and tidied up and ready to upload to the server... whew! That was the last loose end of 2011. So what am I doing tomorrow? Gutting my office and making room for all the paperwork and other messes I'll be creating in 2012, of course!

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