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  1. [Baren 39899] Re: a clip (ArtfulCarol #
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Message 1
From: ArtfulCarol #
Date: Sun, 04 Oct 2009 14:57:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39899] Re: a clip
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Along with this site that Claudia sent, are many more shown on youtube. I
found them full of info and ideas to develop
Carol L.
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Message 2
From: David Bull
Date: Mon, 05 Oct 2009 02:32:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 39900] Mall news ... new barens from Goto-san
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Baren maker Goto-san called me up last week with some news about a new
type of baren that he is now making, and we have now included this in
our Mall.

Up to now there has been a very wide gap between the professional
barens at the top end, and the student stuff down below. Goto-san has
come up with a way to fill this gap - with this new 'hybrid' model,
combining one of the main advantages of the pro type, with a cost-
saving innovation ...

Here's part of the explanation from the Mall page:


New 'take' barens (That's 'tah-kay' ... 'bamboo')

This is a new type of baren being made by Goto-san, and is a kind of
'hybrid' baren, offering the best advantages of the professional
'hon' (real) baren, yet at about half the price. The very high cost
of the true hon baren comes from two factors: 1) the time it takes to
prepare and twist the inner coil from thousands of slivers of bamboo
skin, and 2) the time it takes to prepare and layup the multi-layered
backing disk (ategawa) from dozens of sheets of delicate washi paper.
Yet in truth, most of the advantage of the hon baren comes from the
effectiveness of the coil, and rather less from the delicate
'springiness' of the ategawa.

So Goto-san has created this hybrid model: it has the same inner coil
as a hon-baren - made from endless twisted bamboo slivers - yet has a
backing disc made from a strong thin plywood. This cuts the
preparation time in half, yet results in a product with most of the
advantages of the true professional tool. It is a great idea...

He is making them in the same range of strengths as the hon baren. If
you can only get one, perhaps the 8-medium is considered the 'all-
rounder', although the 12-fine is also very flexible, and can be used
for many different printing jobs.


Also, he has started producing a new kind of baren pad, one with a non-
slip bottom surface. This one is quite convenient! It's on this page
of the Mall:


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Subject: Dead End Prints - two more weeks
Posted by: Alynn Guerra

There are just two more weeks between today and the deadline. I have heard from many people about their interest in participating, attending, writing about it, etc. And now I'm just going to be waiting anxiously to see what happens. So far, two local magazines have written stories about this event, but the most amazing thing is the emails I'm getting from all over the country and beyond

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