Today's postings

  1. [Baren 35347] Southern Graphics Council ("Angee Lennard")
  2. [Baren 35348] Re:Etching press blankets & woodcuts ("")
  3. [Baren 35349] Chops? ("April Vollmer")
  4. [Baren 35350] Re: Chops? (Kris Wiltse)
  5. [Baren 35351] Re: Chops? (reneeaugrin #
  6. [Baren 35352] Re: woodblocks and blankets (Tiberiu Chelcea)
  7. [Baren 35353] Re: Chops? (Kris Wiltse)
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Message 1
From: "Angee Lennard"
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 08:58:40 -0500
Subject: [Baren 35347] Southern Graphics Council
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Annie and everyone else,

I forgot to respond last week, but I will be at Southern Graphics in
Richmond next week. Unfortunately, I will only be there Thursday and Friday,
but I would love to meet up with you and any other Baren members around.
Feel free to e-mail me at or call at 773-715-1473 to
figure out when and where.

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Message 2
From: ""
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:19:01 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35348] Re:Etching press blankets & woodcuts
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Hi Angee, I can't imagine any advantage to having a blanket under the
woodblock. Because the block was thick it would move as the pressure
moved over it and it would probably move a fair bit possibly causing
the paper to shift and creating a bit of a shadow beside the image.
Putting the blanket on top works really well if you dampen the paper;
it allows for a great transfer of ink leaving a rich, solid impression.
I visited your website; what a great looking studio!


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Message 3
From: "April Vollmer"
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:48:45 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35349] Chops?
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I have been out of touch with Baren lately, so I say hello! I will go to the
Southern Graphics Council meeting in Richmond next week, perhaps I will find
some of you there!

I write to ask about chops, as I remember someone recommended a place to
have them made? I need a copy made from a photo of one that was lost. Any

Best wishes,

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Message 4
From: Kris Wiltse
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 09:19:02 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35350] Re: Chops?
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Hello all,

I'm new to the forum and want to introduce myself. I've been visiting
the Baren for quite some time and finally have gotten around to joining.
I so enjoy seeing the work produced in the exchanges. Lovely works of
all kinds. And the Baren is a wealth of information! I appreciate the
community it has inspired.

Since I've never participated in a web forum such as this I'm
assuming my email goes out to all?

Also, I've noticed that some use linoleum yet I see that the topic is
strictly woodcut. I hope it's not an issue since I use linoleum. I
have a bit of arthritis which make wood more difficult. Or is it dull
knives?! If only I could sharpen them properly.

Best regards,


Kris Wiltse
Clinton, Whidbey Island, WA 98236
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Message 5
From: reneeaugrin #
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 14:08:20 -0400
Subject: [Baren 35351] Re: Chops?
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Welcome Kris,

You will find that this group is very knowlegable and not only
interested in the making of woodblock prints, but many aspects of Art.
Your contributions to our discussions are most welcome. You will find
a wealth of sharpening knives in the Archives of Baren. I am better
off sending mine to McClain's(a Northwest company) where I purchased
them, they send them on back to Japan, where they were made and sharpen
them for a small fee. McClain's also provides a grand assortment of
shina plywood and other tools, inks, etc.

Hope to see your work sometime soon.

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Message 6
From: Tiberiu Chelcea
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 11:31:05 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: [Baren 35352] Re: woodblocks and blankets
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The only reason that I can think of offhand is to protect the other side of the woodblock from being damaged by the bed. If the press bed has minor grooves, the woodblock surface might get minor scratches, or, if the wood is soft (e.g. pine), the impression of the grooves might get embossed into the wood. However, for this, using a heavier piece of paper should be enough to prevent that.

It's also likely that that person started to print the blocks like that a while back due to some quirks of the equipment, and now s/he's just using that method because it works.

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Message 7
From: Kris Wiltse
Date: Sat, 22 Mar 2008 12:01:46 -0700
Subject: [Baren 35353] Re: Chops?
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Thank you, Renee, for the info and warm reception. Nice to meet you.
I checked out McClains and they have a nice assortment of tools.
Great idea to ship out the knives. I also took a look at the workshop
schedule and found a couple of interesting classes out at Otis,
Oregon at the Sitka Center. Very appealing!

Also I was checking out the various inks they have in stock. I
usually use Graphic Chemical and have not experienced water based
Mokuhanga inks. I see they carry two kinds. As I am about to invest
in some, can you or anyone tell me anything about the qualities of
both, pros and cons. Akua vs. Tosai's?

Thanks all,


Kris Wiltse
Whidbey Island, WA