Today's postings

  1. [Baren 27509] Re: Baren Digest (old) V30 #3002 (L Cass)
  2. [Baren 27510] Re: Baren Digest (old) V30 #3002 (Sharri LaPierre)
  3. [Baren 27511] tools ("Matt Laine")
  4. [Baren 27512] Re Call for 'entries' ... ("Love Me")
  5. [Baren 27513] Re: Call for 'entries' ... ("Joseph Sheridan")
  6. [Baren 27514] Re: Baren Digest (old) V30 #3002 (Robin Morris)
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Message 1
From: L Cass
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 12:05:38 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27509] Re: Baren Digest (old) V30 #3002
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I intended to reply sooner to discussion on tools and sharpening/honing etc
and also send kudos to Mike Lyon on his recent news and congrats to Carol
re current show.

I've been happily using the Japanese tools from Lee Valley bought at their
store here in North-east Toronto a couple of years ago- didn't take the set
but picked out ones to add to what I already had (acquired from them ages
ago in Ottawa -came as a set with smaller half rounded grips don't know if
that's still in stock.) When at the store their sharpening expert sold me
the green honing compound (discussed some time ago on baren) - instructing
me to cut grooves with my tools in a block, rub the 'green stuff' in and
simply hone and not worry about actual sharpening -however this doesn't
allow for polishing the inside of gouges as the SLIP STROP at Highland
Hardware -MARILYYN- does your leather strop provide for the inside of tool?
I find now that my tools are not cutting cleanly (I had loaned a couple to
students for using on Speedball's 'Easy Cut' blocks thinking they couldn't
be damaged by such buttery stuff BUT I wonder) Everything's sorely in need
of a professional sharpening - I have a set of water slipstones ; 1000,4000
and 8000 grits but have never been able to sharpen successfully even
following illustrated methods on the internet - any ideas on what to do??

(I know Lee Valley gives workshops on sharpening from time to time but
they're in the evening -I don't drive and it's hours on the public
transport which is rather iffy late at night) I once used a sharpening
service at the local hardware store in Ottawa which was great but altho'
this is a larger city can't find the same here.)
Apologies for being so long winded-
Louise Cass
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Message 2
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 11:00:16 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27510] Re: Baren Digest (old) V30 #3002
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S & H is a good guess, but apparently that is added on when you check

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Message 3
From: "Matt Laine"
Date: Sun, 20 Mar 2005 16:59:11 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27511] tools
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I recently bought a set of NIJI wood carving knives -- a set of seven tools. They were from a San Francisco company named YASUTOMO and cost a bit under $10 at Utrecht Art Supply. I haven't used them yet and am wondering if any Bareners have experience and/or an opinion of them -- or have even ever heard of them. The box says they were made in Taiwan. They were so inexpensive I'm wondering if they're any good at all -- by "good" I mean will they hold an edge. But for less than 10 bucks ... what the H!
Matt Laine
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Message 4
From: "Love Me"
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 09:23:17 +1100
Subject: [Baren 27512] Re Call for 'entries' ...
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Shin Hanga were produced for the export market and were designed to cater to Western taste. I agree. This fact does not have any bearing on the artistic merit of the work. Art museums are full of work produced to please the eye of the public, the church and the patron. Moreover, Japanese woodblock production has always been tailored by the collaborative efforts of publisher, carver, printer and artist, for the sole purpose of selling. To discount Shin Hanga, is to discount the vast bulk of woodblock prints. To attempt a separation between art and commerce is naive. Whether the scenery is cliched, is again, besides the point. The Japanese print tradition is built on copying and repackaging. Pictorial elements and print techniques drift along in a slow evolution of style. Shin Hanga did represent a break from the past, but carried the traditional approach forward.

Tom Kristensen
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Message 5
From: "Joseph Sheridan"
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 01:52:14 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27513] Re: Call for 'entries' ...
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Mental impressions have been created by humankind as long as we have craved them and that has been throughout our history.
Every culture produced images idealized for religious, political or financial purposes. The publishers of Ukiyo-e had
their targeted markets. There were collectors of Sumo wrestlers, beautiful Kabuki actors and picturesque views by Hiroshige.
Utamaro's shunga prints were certainly directed towards a narrow paying clientele. Shin Hanga breathed new life into the rich
Japanese woodblock tradition after it had undergone the stress of Western influence and technological innovation. Cultural stresses
can be witnessed in some Shin Hanga prints. The images reveal a truth about the artist, the craftsman, their time and the people
portrayed in them. While no art movement produces only masterpieces, Shin Hanga did have its Masters. They still speak to us
from their time and space through their beautiful art.
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Message 6
From: Robin Morris
Date: Mon, 21 Mar 2005 00:50:17 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27514] Re: Baren Digest (old) V30 #3002
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Wow, great site I was unaware of...
thanks, Sharri!