Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45061] exchange prints (Deb Strong Napple)
  2. [Baren 45062] Re: Dragons (Bronwyn Merritt)
  3. [Baren 45063] Re: Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Diana Moll)
  4. [Baren 45064] RE: exchange prints ("Maria Arango Diener")
  5. [Baren 45065] RE: FOLLOW UP exchange prints ("Maria Arango Diener")
  6. [Baren 45066] Re: Back to the Western hemisphere, way North and way South! (Sharri LaPierre)
  7. [Baren 45067] One more name on the dragon list (Carole Baker)
  8. [Baren 45068] Re: Back to the Western hemisphere, way North and way South! (Graham Scholes)
  9. [Baren 45069] reference please (syd harper)
  10. [Baren 45070] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Deb Strong Napple
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 14:38:54 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45061] exchange prints
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On Wednesday I mailed off my edition for my first Baren Print Exchange. I am so glad that I participated; it pushed me to work in a much smaller scale than I am used to, and the challenge was good.

Now I can't wait to get all these prints in the mail!

Just one question...I included information with the prints about inks, paper, blocks, etc. But is there some place online where I should be entering this into a database?

Deb Strong Napple
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Message 2
From: Bronwyn Merritt
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 15:29:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45062] Re: Dragons
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Thanks, Lisa, I got my dragon!

Sent from my iPad
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Message 3
From: Diana Moll
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 16:12:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45063] Re: Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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I think my blog on Water Dragon print got missed, here 'tis

all best
Diana moll
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Message 4
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:49:22 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45064] RE: exchange prints
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Starting point is here:

Deb you bring up an excellent point that needs to be stressed. Please note
I'm not picking on you, just bringing up the issue with you.

Maybe I will explain how the exchanges work so that everyone understands the
tasks involved.

Kris is the Exchange Manager and overseer of all exchanges. She uploads
sign-up sheets, keeps up the calendar, picks coordinators, keeps everyone on
task by reminding us, revises all the exchange pages accordingly and pretty
much keeps everyone in line and on task.

Each exchange has its own volunteer coordinator that receives the prints,
collates them, sends them back to participants.

The coordinator is also supposed to scan prints, receive the colophon
information and manufacture some type of colophon so that it can be sent to
each participant with the prints and also uploaded to the website.

The coordinator is also supposed to forward the scans and the colophon to
either Kris or me, ideally both, (I eventually will get them) for uploading
to the website.

Yours truly is in charge of updating the online galleries.

I receive colophon information AS IT IS BEING ENTERED IN THE WEBSITE FORM. I
usually receive scans from the coordinator at some point or another. I then
format properly, upload to the galleries and the exchange is truly complete.

The task for each exchange takes several hours and every little thing that
doesn't get done by a participant (like sending the colophon to the website)
and/or the coordinator means that I have to do it, often thirty times.

If people send emails or written notes directly to the coordinator, I have
no way of getting that information. If further I receive no colophon from
the coordinator, I don't' have any information to upload. I end up having to
look up each participant that doesn't send info in previous exchanges just
to be able to spell their name correctly and upload city, country.

I have the process of uploading the galleries fairly automated but all
depends on whether I get the electronic information directly from the info
page on the website. Once more, here is the link to the Exchanges Summary
page and from there please click on the appropriate exchange and the Send
Print Information page.

A note to the coordinator will NOT get any information to me.

An email to the coordinator bypasses the automation process and I have to
copy/paste/re-type most of the information.

The "job" of keeping up with the galleries is tedious but I enjoy that we're
up to date most of the time.

Thanks everyone for understanding. I have received ZERO print information
sheets for Exchange #51, which is due on February 1st.

I will check the web-page today to see if it is working and I'm being
properly cc'd on the web form.

Again, start here: click on the proper link from
there to the exchange information form.

Thanks everyone.



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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 17:59:02 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45065] RE: FOLLOW UP exchange prints
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The Exchange #51 exchange information page is now uploaded, working like a

Ex 51 participants please submit information on your prints here:



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Message 6
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:09:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45066] Re: Back to the Western hemisphere, way North and way South!
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I'm loving seeing the puzzle prints come in and can't wait to see the
whole piece. Graham - maybe you should tell the story of your image -
I recognize it from your back yard and seem to remember there was a
story about the authorities wondering what it was when they saw it
from the air...
Cheers ~
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Message 7
From: Carole Baker
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:35:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45067] One more name on the dragon list
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I just added Lynn Starum's name and address to the list.... http://

Looking forward to some dragons when the snow stops and the mail
planes can come.

Carole Baker
Gustavus, Alaska
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Message 8
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Fri, 27 Jan 2012 18:36:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45068] Re: Back to the Western hemisphere, way North and way South!
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Thanks Sharri

I will wait until everybody gets their copy and send the story


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Message 9
From: syd harper
Date: Sat, 28 Jan 2012 03:01:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45069] reference please
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I have been a member for many years, but have never carved a piece of wood.
This year, for the first time, a made a linoleum reduction print. Albeit,
it was not the greatest success, but I had fun and it lifted me out of Art
bareness(pun). I would like to enjoy printing with you all, but need an
inexpensive picture information book that could be download to my Nook if
possible. Are there any recommendations?

I thank you, Syd

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Subject: Update to yesterday's post about the flooded prints ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

I overlooked mentioning something in yesterday's post about the flooded home of one of my collectors.

I linked to a YouTube video of the damage, and that slideshow has a piano music soundtrack. One of yesterday's readers asked about it, and in the process of looking up the answer, I discovered that the pianist is Ushiro-san's son, and that he has a YouTube channel.

If you enjoyed the music yesterday, please have a listen!

Katsushi-san can handle English, so if you like what you hear, please consider dropping him a comment on his page there ...

This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: Knife update ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

I spent the day in Tokyo yesterday on Mokuhankan business (partially), and can report some progress on the new knife set.

First was a stop at one of the shops selling/making paulownia boxes. Given that this new project involves so many things that all have to be up and running before we can get the product on the market, Sato-san and I thought that it might be a sensible idea to use a ready-made box, if we can find a place to supply them at a reasonable quality and price.

The people I spoke to in the box shop took down my description of what I want, and will get back to us next week with a quote. The stuff in their shop looks to be a good quality, and we'll see what kind of price they will give us.

Another option on the table is for me to make the boxes myself, and as I am going to be tooling up next month to make boxes for my upcoming print series, we may indeed end up going that way. We'll see ...

But a more important decision we made yesterday was on the fundamental design of the chisel handles. We met up at the restaurant where the craftsman's association was having a get-together, and during the dinner (we sat next to each other) we snatched bits of 'private' conversation where possible ...

First, let me show you a snapshot of a couple of the chisels in my own toolbox:

These are aisuki, the blunt-nose chisels used for general clearing near the lines. The top one is fairly new (unused yet, actually) and the bottom one has been with me since almost the beginning of my printmaking, being purchased in Tokyo in (I think) early 1981.

For those of you who have no experience with these, this next photo shows how they 'work' - the brass sleeve comes off, and the handles (which are a single piece of wood split in two) open to reveal the blade in its slot. The theory is that the blade can be replaced once it is worn out (from becoming just too short through repeated sharpening).

Now that's a nice theory, but in real life, these chisels wear down so slowly, that replacing the blade becomes a purely theoretical matter. The blade in that lower chisel is still the original one. (Note that this is not true for the main carving knife - I replace that one in the space of months ...)

So given that the blade really doesn't need easy/quick access, professional carvers here do not use handles with the brass sleeve. Here's another of my chisels, with the sleeve tossed away many years ago, and cord being used to keep the thing together. (You can see the shape where the handle was cut to receive the sleeve ...)

[Long item has been trimmed at this point. The full blog entry can be viewed here]

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