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  1. [Baren 24937] Leftie Bareners (ArtfulCarol #
  2. [Baren 24938] Re: Beech wood (Bette Norcross Wappner)
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Message 1
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 19:00:16 EDT
Subject: [Baren 24937] Leftie Bareners
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First woodblock prints for the Lefties Can Print have arrived all the way
from Gustavus , Alaska--Carol Baker. Lovely!

To review:

8"x10" either way
Image should include some reference to being a lefthanded woodblock.
Deadline --June 1
Please send $5 to cover mailing
Make prints for 11 participants plus 1 for possible exhibit.

Questions?-contact me off-line.

If there is writers' block is there such a thing as carvers' block?

Carol Lyons
Irvington, NY
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Message 2
From: Bette Norcross Wappner
Date: Mon, 26 Apr 2004 22:29:59 -0400
Subject: [Baren 24938] Re: Beech wood
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> Could I ask from the vast experience of Baren members if beechwood is
> suitable for woodblock cutting? I ask because whilst strolling through
> a kitchen store I came across a 12" x 18" x 2" butcher's block. It was
> constructed by using polished 2"x1" solid "end" grained beech and
> cost  £11 ($19.50 ) a price at least 10 times less than holly or box.
> Harry
> Lincoln (UK)

Hi there Harry,

Here's a page from Baren that discusses different wood qualities.

I found it by going to the home page, clicking on Archives,
and doing a "Baren Search" at the bottom of the page. It will search archives as well as a google search. Very helpful item
incase you need a direct answer before a member can help out.

I've never used beech but I think I have a 2" block here myself, just
waiting for me to try. On this reference page, its listed as a hard
wood that holds detail, but I don't know how it compares to the desired
cherry. Just to make sure though, try doing a barenforum search by
typing in "beech wood" (make sure you put the space in it) I tried it
and received a selection of about 5 previous postings regarding beech.

Give it a try and let us know! Sounds like a good bargain anyway. :D

Best regards,