Today's postings

  1. [Baren 25371] Re: Mini tools ("Matt Laine")
  2. [Baren 25372] ANOTHER Japanese SEAL To Identify (Linda in Maine)
  3. [Baren 25373] Carving Tools (Jeanne Norman Chase)
  4. [Baren 25374] Re: ANOTHER Japanese SEAL To Identify (David Bull)
  5. [Baren 25375] OOOOOPS ("marilynn smih")
  6. [Baren 25376] Re: ANOTHER Japanese SEAL To Identify (michael schneider)
  7. [Baren 25377] small tools (Cucamongie #
  8. [Baren 25378] Saito and woodgrain ("Love Me")
  9. [Baren 25379] Re: Protecting Legal Rights of Artists (Sharri LaPierre)
  10. [Baren 25380] Re: small tools (Jeanne Norman Chase)
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Message 1
From: "Matt Laine"
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 09:42:22 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25371] Re: Mini tools
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Try this website:
Also look at

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Message 2
From: Linda in Maine
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 07:56:29 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 25372] ANOTHER Japanese SEAL To Identify
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I was so pleased with how quickly members helped me identify a seal....I have one more.... for sharing your knowledge!Linda in Maine

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Message 3
From: Jeanne Norman Chase
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 08:00:18 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 25373] Carving Tools
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Many thanks to; Barbara Mason, Chris,Marilynn, Sharri and Matt for sending me the information on different sites to go to for Carving Tools.
As I get older (and I am), my carving hand is losing its spark and I need easier tools to carve with.
So thanks again, I knew I could count on you people to help out.

Jeanne N.
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Message 4
From: David Bull
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 00:08:02 +0900
Subject: [Baren 25374] Re: ANOTHER Japanese SEAL To Identify
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> I was so pleased with how quickly members helped me identify a seal....

Well yes ... but this [Baren] list isn't really the place for this sort
of thing. You might try posting such requests here:

> I have one more....

It's a reproduction of one of the Hiroshige designs from the '53 Stages
of the Tokaido' ... Shono.

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Message 5
From: "marilynn smih"
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 10:21:48 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25375] OOOOOPS
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Tribulations of Hanga woodblock printmaking

I am learning to be ambidextrous, I put my kento marks on the wrong end!

Want to find out if your blood is really red? Forget you have a bench hook
and put your finger right in front of a newly sharpened blade and cut with

Think that pigment is hungry? Feed it lots of rice paste and it will get
fat and lazy.

Like to get ink everywhere? Put your print pot and brush where you can
easily knock it over.

Like how rain glistens on a surface? Put too much water on your paper, it
will glisten with water and your ink will spread with glee.

Or do you like interesting new colors on your prints? Forget to wash out
your brushes between colors, you will amaze yourself with new and
interesting pigments.

Is frisbee a favorite game? Drop that Baren or just toss it across the
room. My new ball bearing Baren is heavy and it makes a nice thud when
dropped on the floor. I do not recommend this unless you want to spend a
lot of money replacing Barens.

Want to have your prints upside down? Just ignore the top and bottom and
throw with glee. It might help if I paid attention to the X I put on the
bottom end of my paper.

If all else fails and you really want to start your prints all over just put
them in the kitty litter box to dry.

No wonder they think artists are "different". I wear rice paste in my hair
and ink for nail polish.


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Message 6
From: michael schneider
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 19:56:37 +0200
Subject: [Baren 25376] Re: ANOTHER Japanese SEAL To Identify
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Dave is right,but as the seal looked so familiar I decided to answer. To
give you the exact reading of the seal, I do not have the time to look
it up. The seal is from Hiroshige, probably from a print from the "Fifty
three Stages of the Tookaido"with the title Shono (Toukaidou gojuu-san
tsugi no uchi: Shouno) and published by Houeidou. The seal seems to be
very clear printed and the color seems to be very strong. This is
somehow different from the prints I know.

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Message 7
From: Cucamongie #
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 20:40:33 -0400
Subject: [Baren 25377] small tools
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Jeanne, as for hand tools, McClain's sells some VERYYYYY tiny tools, I have a teeny ugouge and v-gouge from them, and they're great. The ones I have are the type where you can take them apart and replace the blade, if need be.

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Message 8
From: "Love Me"
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 13:09:35 +1000
Subject: [Baren 25378] Saito and woodgrain
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Looking through a book of Kiyoshi Saito prints, I was really impressed with the economy of design coupled with really rich print textures. His cat prints have the most extreme woodgrain I have ever seen. Can anybody explain how he achieved his woodgrain textures? Are the patterns carved out of the block, or exposed through printing techniques? I have read in the archives of using a wire brush on the block, but not for water-based inks. Saito has many other treatments that intrigue me, but the woodgrain is top of my "must try to copy" list.

Tom (a real newby)
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Message 9
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Wed, 30 Jun 2004 22:51:47 -0700
Subject: [Baren 25379] Re: Protecting Legal Rights of Artists
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Fellow Bareners,

This item does not have anything to do with woodblock printmaking.
However, it does have a lot to do with artists, which I believe most of
us are, and affects the way we are allowed to practice our craft in the
USA. I hope it will pass the Inspector General, or whoever, and some
of you will be moved to help these people meet their legal fees. I
hope this message will be considered of interest to all artists and not
as a "political" (expletive) message. I believe we must assume
personal responsibility for protecting our legal rights when they are
threatened. If we don't, who will?


> U.S. Attorneys attempt to cast $256 technicality as health and safety
> issue in "stealth" indictment
> Professor Steve Kurtz was charged today by a federal grand jury in
> Buffalo, New York--not with bioterrorism, as listed on the Joint
> Terrorism Task Force's original search warrant and subpoenas, but with
> "petty larceny," in the words of Kurtz attorney Paul Cambria. (See
> for background.)
> Also indicted was Robert Ferrell, head of the Department of Genetics
> at
> the University of Pittsburgh's School of Public Health. The charges
> concern technicalities of how Ferrell helped Kurtz to obtain $256
> worth of harmless bacteria for one of Kurtz's art projects.
> The laws under which the indictments were obtained--Title 18, United
> States Code, sections 1341 and 1343, covering mail and wire fraud--are
> normally used against those defrauding others of money or property, as
> in telemarketing schemes.
> This is a far cry from the bioterrorism charges originally sought by
> the District Attorney. To make a "federal case" out of such minor
> allegations, the District Attorney will have the burden of proving
> criminal intent.
> "There was very obviously no criminal intent," said Kurtz attorney
> Cambria. "The intent was to educate and enlighten." Cambria suggested
> that the pursuit of such a minor case at the federal level was
> profoundly absurd. "If the University of Pittsburgh feels that there
> was a contract breach, then their remedy is to sue Steve for $256 in a
> civil court."
> The U.S. District Attorney attempted to cast the issue as one of
> public
> health and safety in a public press conference called without the
> knowledge of either defendant's lawyers, thus eliminating the chance
> of
> rebuttal. During the conference, parts of which were broadcast on
> local
> Buffalo news channels, U.S. Attorney William Hochul and U.S. District
> Attorney Michael Battle repeatedly alluded to "dangerous" and
> "bio-hazardous material," even though the charges have nothing to do
> with such issues, and scientists universally regard the materials in
> question as safe.
> At one point in the press conference, U.S. Attorney Hochul stated that
> Serratia marcescens, one of the two bacteria ordered by Ferrell, "is
> in
> fact a dangerous material in that it can cause pneumonia." Serratia
> cannot cause pneumonia, only aggravate it in someone who already has
> it, and very rarely at that. Furthermore, it would be hard to
> characterize as a "dangerous material" something that high school
> students routinely use in biology class experiments. (Easily trackable
> by its bright red color, S. marcescens is commonly used to demonstrate
> the many ways microbes can be destroyed--e.g. with household bleach.
> The other bacterium, Bacillus globigii, is also used in experiments as
> a stand-in for dangerous microbes--precisely because it is harmless.)
> Many believe the attempt to cast the $256 technicality as a public
> health and safety issue is a face-saving measure by the government,
> which has already expended an enormous amount of time and money in
> their fruitless pursuit of this case.
> Although the original bioterrorism charges are now completely off the
> table, the trial still promises to be financially and psychologically
> draining for the defendants.
> The international support of the defendants by artists, scientists and
> other citizens has been remarkable; it is crucial that this support
> continue as the government extends this outrageous and wasteful
> persecution into a grueling trial.
> To donate to the defense fund, please visit
> Updates on the case will be
> posted at To receive more frequent
> updates by email, please join
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Message 10
From: Jeanne Norman Chase
Date: Thu, 1 Jul 2004 04:41:21 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 25380] Re: small tools
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Thanks for the information re; the McClains catalog. I have an old one somewhere and I will look for it.

I always liked McClains and hope I find what I am looking for. Congratulations on all of you success. Is'nt it grand that our Baren bunch are having so much exposure????

Someday I will venture out into the world again and make it to New York!!!! A great city. Little Sarasota is lovely but has not much to offer, art wise!