Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45693] wood and mold (Linda Beeman)
  2. [Baren 45694] maple/sharpening (Gillyin Gatto)
  3. [Baren 45695] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V60 #6041 (Jul 8, 2012) (Marilyn Jean Smith)
  4. [Baren 45696] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 13:58:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45693] wood and mold
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Mold: I use distilled water to mix my nori and to wet my paper. The only mold I've had was on a new to me Japanese paper. None of the other papers in the same printing molded. I also used nori I had left over from another printing. But then again, it was only the one type of paper that molded. So over the past 4-5 years, distilled water has worked like a treat.

Wood: I agree that you have to watch those seams in shina. They will show up. Sometimes shina has a very pretty grain that I will save for a water block. The birch snapped 3 tools and my hangi to. It was the knots that laid waiting under the top ply. I've tried a number of woods, including luan. I also tried a number of boards from a local place called 2nd chance wood and found a number of them I liked - walnut, ash, beech. But I guess I'm just not that interested in the pain-for-grain right now. This last set of 8 birch blocks took me at least a month to carve. I just carved 5 large shina blocks in about 4 days. My hands thank me.
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Message 2
From: Gillyin Gatto
Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 16:13:32 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45694] maple/sharpening
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i have carved small 3 x 5 " blocks and huge 20 x 50 " blocks of MAPLE
never noticed it "dulling my tools"

i have learned to strop ALOT
and sharpen less

maple doesn't seem to be any worse
than any other wood on dulling
and the results are well worth it
because it PRINTS quite nicely
very crisp and clear

wood engravers use it all the time

sometimes you will see 6" rounds ,used by' crafters',
at yard sales
i have carved birds on these with great detail
TRY IT ;-)
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Message 3
From: Marilyn Jean Smith
Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2012 19:42:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45695] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V60 #6041 (Jul 8, 2012)
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Okay I am in for the next exchange. Hope life gives me time.
Thanks to everyone for your kind condolences. It is time to think about making art.

Sent from my iPhone

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Subject: Ukiyoe Heroes - Rickshaw cart colour buildup (and survey!)
Posted by: Dave Bull

Got a couple of minutes to watch some paint dry?

If so, this video of the colour buildup on the Rickshaw Cart print will be just your thing! (It's HD, so you can select from the 'quality' settings to view it at high resolution ...)

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Subject: 10,000 Leaves
Posted by: Linda

Nothing is more beautiful than Michigan in the autumn.  Last October I had the privilege to be Artist in Residence at Porcupine Mountain Wilderness State Park.  For 2 weeks we were provided a cabin in a remote part of the Park that was built by the Friends of the Porkies.  We spent each day hiking  some of the more than 20 trails.  One of only a few protected Wilderness areas in the Midwest, with 60,000 acres, rivers, secluded lakes, old growth forests and countless waterfalls, it was hard to chose the one image that would define my time there.
10,000 Leaves
In the end I chose this view from Summit Peak - the highest point in the Park.  This view gives you an idea of why they are called the Porcupine Mts.  With a little imagination maybe you can see the outline of the porcupines back in the ridge-lines of pine and hardwoods.
Tucked into those deep shadows is Mirror Lake which you can get to from the Peak by following the Mirror Lake Trail.  There is a very nice, secluded rustic campground at the Lake itself.  Only a few sites are there and they require a backcountry pass to camp at.


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