Today's postings

  1. [Baren 27678] Re: Electric carvers (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 27679] Re: Electric carvers (FurryPressII #
  3. [Baren 27680] Re: Thanks Baren!!!!! (P Rashid)
  4. [Baren 27681] Re: Electric carvers (Charles Morgan)
  5. [Baren 27682] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V31 #3020 (Apr 1 (Sharri LaPierre)
  6. [Baren 27683] Re: Electric carvers (Sharri LaPierre)
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 17:28:00 -0800 (PST)
Subject: [Baren 27678] Re: Electric carvers
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A tool is a tool and it is the resulting work that counts not the tool that produces if it works for you and makes your life easier and you like the results, go for it! We will support you!
Best to you,
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Message 2
From: FurryPressII #
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 21:14:15 EST
Subject: [Baren 27679] Re: Electric carvers
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now what i need is a electric wood chip picker upper.

john c.
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Message 3
From: P Rashid
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 22:20:57 -0500
Subject: [Baren 27680] Re: Thanks Baren!!!!!
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Thank you Diane, Lezle, Barbara, Robin, Sarah, and anyone else I may have
forgotten, for your encouragement after viewing my website.

The last few days have been rough because Iım sick with a cold and deadlines
approaching. Yesterday morning I felt ok but by late afternoon, I was
shivering with a splitting headache. Just now after some TheraFLu and
merciful sleep , I can finally think about working. Image how good it felt
to check my messages after all that malaise and see such kind thoughts and
words about my work. You have all cheered me up and inspired to paint a
little tonight before I have my last cup of TheraFlu.

Diane, I do remember you. And Iım so glad you are part of Baren. Checked out
your site and saw that Francisco Rodon juried one of your shows. Wow!!!I
always wanted to meet him. When I first moved to Puerto Rico , I went to the
Museum of Art in Ponce and they had an exhibit of Francisco Rodon huge
portraits and a suite of Pablo Picassoıs etchings and aquatints. My life
changed that day. I had never seen paintings like that and I had never
heard of printmaking.

That exhibit set me on the course Iım on now. I didnıt even like the
Picasso prints for the content...they exuded such arrogance..they were
minotaurs and models and his EGO everywhere. But there was an etching in
the middle of all that....a rape scene ...just lines .....the agony he was
able to express just with lines...the psychological play.. It was
powerful..I wanted to do that. So I found an art school in Old San Juan and
studied painting and printmaking for 3 years until we moved in 2000. It was
actually a printmaking professor at Escuela de Artes Placticas that turned
me on the Baren, Haydee Landing. I think you can find some of her prints in
the Baren archives for Exchanges.

It is indeed a small world.

Robin, its never too late get back into the great sport of fencing....even
as a spectator. Also if you just want to see could video, check out-


If you want to keep up on it , check out http:\\ On that
site you can out about fencing classes, and tournaments in your area. It is
a demanding sport but immensely rewarding.

Iım an assistant coach here in Jacksonville. And I have 2 Egyptian coaches
I train with in Atlanta twice a month. Sounds like you had some good
instruction in the past. I fence foil and hope to start training in saber
next season. I love the speed and tactics in foil..I even get to fly some
but with sabre, I would be able to hit my opponent upside his head...and I
find that immensely satisfying..........(Did you know one of the gold medals
the US won this year was in Womenıs Sabre!!! History was made.)

Well, enough of that....I do plan to add some woodcuts and etching of
fencing images to my swordandbrush gallery. I travel to national tournaments
when Iım not fencing and set up my gallery and sell my work . I have gotten
commissions and sold original paintings. I mostly sell reproductions. But I
think I can increase my profit margin if I sold and educated my audience on
the value of original ³impressions². Iıll keep you posted. My next major
event will be July 1-10 in Sacremento , California for the 2005 US Fencing
National Championships. I will fence but the majority of the 2 weeks I will
be there to sale, sale , sale!!!!!!!!

I will keep you posted on the results.

Sarah, To answer your question about the ³strange ³ cat... We have 4 family
cats we moved from Puerto Rico. But the wood cut is of a cat belonging to
some friends who at the time had 8 cats! They gave me a photo of their cat
and I made up the ³strange² background for her. For my cats, Iım thinking
of an illustrative book of some of their adventures........

Thanks again Baren!!!

Princess Rashid
Jacksonville, FL
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Message 4
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Sat, 02 Apr 2005 19:24:30 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27681] Re: Electric carvers
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vacuum cleaner ????
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Message 5
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 19:29:35 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27682] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V31 #3020 (Apr 1
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>I have been working on a series of three woodcuts, 16?? X 20?? . I
>used birch 3/4 ??plywood from our lumber yard for the first two. I then bought
>two 4x 8 sheet of 1/2 ?? birch plywood from Menards and in carving I have come
>acrosslarge (1/2 ??) defects under the veneer.

Yes - I have run into the same thing. My husband had some absolutely
gorgeous mahogany plywood, supposedly interior, Grade I, plywood left
over from some shelves he had built for me. I merrily carved along
happy as a clam at high tide until -- I ran into a gigantic hole in the
under layer. I was very upset, but continued to fight it to the bitter
end. However, never again. From then on I swore to only use wood made
for printmaking (shina, all shina) or solid planks from the hardwood
place. Life is too short for that other nonsense!

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Message 6
From: Sharri LaPierre
Date: Sat, 2 Apr 2005 19:39:20 -0800
Subject: [Baren 27683] Re: Electric carvers
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Oh-ohh. I am committing the cardinal sin of two messages in one day.

But, mea culpa, I admit to using all kinds of mechanical help. After
burning up a dozen or more dremel tools over the years I invested in a
Fordam. This is great, but the really terrific part is then I learned
from Maria that they have an attachment which acts more or less like a
pneumatic chisel; it only goes back and forth when you exert pressure
on the cutting edge. Now THAT little angel is worth its weight in
plutonium. It has been a godsend for arthritic fingers and carpal
tunnel wrists. It still only goes where your hand guides it: it will
not design nor cut the work for you, it just helps ease the pressure on
aching joints :-) I use it mostly for clearing areas as I don't have
quite the control I would like for the finer lines. Yet.