Today's postings

  1. [Baren 32223] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
  2. [Baren 32224] Welcome to Baren : Mark ("Harry French")
  3. [Baren 32225] Question about wood and UK suppliers. ("Mark Mason")
  4. [Baren 32226] Re: Question about wood and UK suppliers. (David Harrison)
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Message 1
From: Blog Manager
Date: 15 Nov 2006 04:55:11 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32223] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification
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This is an automatic update message being sent to [Baren] by the forum blog software.

The following new entries were found on the listed printmaker's websites during the past 24 hours. (24 sites checked, five minutes before midnight Eastern time)


Site Name: m.Lee Fine Art

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Site Name: Mellissa Read-Devine

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Item: The Twelve Sent OutAcrylic on Canvas, 30" x 40", a...

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Item: For anyone interested, I am holding my 2006 Cards ...

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Item: "Commended" for "White Faced Heron" Pastel on pape...

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Item: Collagraph - "Tony S"

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Item: Steve Irwin, an amazing life I am a bit shocked, I...

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Item: Passaro e tomate

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Item: "Rebecca's Lamb"

another little hand painted lin...

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Item: Callicoma serratifolia
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Item: Thought you'd like to see the painting that start...

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Item: Portrait of Queen Alexandra

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Item: "Minnie" another collagraph - (well, if I'm going...

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Item: Meet "George".
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Item: "Sophie" has colour.
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Item: What am I doing this week? Here is young "Sophie...

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Item: Meet the new addition to the Devine Family.Name:...

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Item: Wood Engraver: Engraving... Eventually

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Item: Here is "Amelia" a hand coloured linocut I made t...

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Item: Pelican Posing on a Post

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Item: Wired
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Item: The latest blog from Print Australia: bellebyrd

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Item: Year of the Rooster over and out!

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Item: Here's a painting I've finally finished. Called "R...


Site Name: Belinda Del Pesco Fine Art Blog

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Item: Collograph & Watercolor: Marmalade

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Item: By the Artist's Hand II; a Four Woman Show


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Message 2
From: "Harry French"
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 08:37:01 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32224] Welcome to Baren : Mark
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Welcome to Baren.
It is the international web site for all woodblock printers especially in Japanese techniques. I'm also a Moku Hanga learner and often ask mundane questions that experts answer with enthusiasm. If you are new to looking at Japanese Prints there is a chance that you are unaware that Blackburn Museum and Art Gallery ( Lancashire,UK ) has a fine collection of them although it is years ago since I was there. Telephone before you go to find out how to view them : there are 1,200 in the collection!!
The Fitzwilliam Gallery in Cambridge (UK) have a fine on line animated slide show on how Japanese prints are made :
and their virtual Gallery on Kunisada and the Kabuki is worth a visit :
My favourite Hiroshige site
Harry.. ex Lank
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Message 3
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 11:04:25 -0000
Subject: [Baren 32225] Question about wood and UK suppliers.
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Hello everyone,

I'd like to ask about everyone's favourite wood for carving key blocks. Do you have a prefered woodblock that you use for detailed work and where do you get it from?

I've also heard that it's possible to strengthen a Shina ply block by painting the surface with PVA wood glue diluted with water; has anyone tried it, does it work?

Could any Bareners based in the UK recommend any suppliers of wood/plywood? Do I need to go to specialist suppliers, or would my local timber yard know. I'm using the small Magnolia blocks from "Intaglio Printmakers" in London and have purchased online the Shina Grab-bag from "McClains" by way of a sample pack and practice pieces. "Lawrence's" stock type-high basswood blocks but they seem very pricey, and I don't need them so deep.

Kindest regards,

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Message 4
From: David Harrison
Date: Wed, 15 Nov 2006 11:08:41 +0000
Subject: [Baren 32226] Re: Question about wood and UK suppliers.
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Thanks for asking that question here! Have been meaning to for a
while... I've asked a couple of non-construction timber merchants about
small quantities but they've yet to deign to reply.

IMO Lawrence is pricey across the board. I like them but often try to
source stuff elsewhere. 'Frex a local glass company will make inking
slabs from toughened glass for a fraction of what Lawrence charge!


David H