Mike said - re the woodblock puzzle:
> -- so what's YOUR take on it? Can't wait to hear!
I'm going to have to disappoint! I don't have a 'solution' to this
puzzle ... I was kind of hoping somebody on the list would be able to
come up with a simple and believable explanation for it!
As a couple of you have mentioned, the quality of the carving seems to
eliminate 'mistake' as a candidate for an explanation. As for the block
being meant for use in a 'transfer' type of offset printing - block 'A'
transfers to roller 'B' transfers to paper 'C' - I would sort of doubt
this, as I think it would tend to be difficult to get a consistent
transfer of ink to the roller. But there really doesn't seem to be any
other explanation, as it obviously can't be used for _direct_ relief
printing, and using it as a matrix for making a mold to cast a metal
block would still leave you with a wrong-way-round printing plate ...
The lettering is the company name: Kobe Shizai Kabushiki Kaisha (Kobe
Materials Corporation), and George Jarvis up in Akita sent me a note
that it was a company who made matches, and who used that name up until
Anyway, thanks for the input; I'll reply to the correspondent with a
collation of your replies!
While I've got you here, I could mention a couple of updates to my
website this week:
- a new site map, to help you find stuff you didn't even know was there:
... and two new TV programs:
- a little 'short' filler-type program giving a quick overview of my
work (2 minutes ... about 3.3Mb):
- an appearance on one of Takeshi Kitano's variety programs: 'dare demo
Picasso!' (9 minutes ... about 15.5Mb):
(TV index page is here: