Today's postings

  1. [Baren 40199] Re: Year of the Tiger !!!! (Julio.Rodriguez #
  2. [Baren 40200] Cross Hatching (Daniel Dew)
  3. [Baren 40201] Re: Cross Hatching (eli griggs)
  4. [Baren 40202] SSNW09 print exchange (Charles Morgan)
  5. [Baren 40203] Re: Cross Hatching (David Bull)
  6. [Baren 40204] Re: Cross Hatching (thadeenz97 #
  7. [Baren 40205] Re: Cross Hatching (ArtSpotiB #
  8. [Baren 40206] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 18:17:41 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40199] Re: Year of the Tiger !!!!
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I know we are a WOODblock forum and the coming year is the Chinese year of
the TIGER....but no, this is not spam or a post about Tiger Woods latest

Just announcing that SIGNUP for the Year of the Tiger exchange is now open
at the website. Same guidelines as in previous years.....4X6 image size or
about, all media is open but must be hand-pulled (no digital printouts),
make enough to send to everyone signing up (usually 45-55 members) and you
are responsible for mailing.....see online for more info:

If you are still working on your Ox prints (mine are going out this
weekend !) or Pigs, Rats, can still access the specific
participants list for that exchange online. It's not too late, people get
a kick receiving these little prints in the mail even if late.

Since the start of this exchange eleven years ago not everyone that signs
up ends up sending prints....I think we all intend to make good but for a
variety of reasons the exchanges are always a bit short. The group has
discussed this several times and has opted to look the other way...taking
more of a casual/holiday spirit approach to this. So have fun designing,
carving and printing your little tigers.....share them with your Baren
friends regardless. You can visit the Ox Gallery to see how we did this
year so far....I know Brad's Toro is missing, not sure if there are more,
anyone else's print missing ?

let me know if you have any questions or problems signing usual
many thanks to Carole Baker for many of the print scans on the website....

thanks...Julio Rodriguez (Skokie, Illinois)
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Message 2
From: Daniel Dew
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 21:21:26 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40200] Cross Hatching
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I am working a bunch in lino (most of you know me), and I am doing a
lot of very fine lines. My biggest problem has been doing
crosshatching (not reversed). I have been using an exacto knife, but
was wondering if anyone had any ideas or anything on an easier way
than cutting out thousands of itty bitty tiny boxes, using only one
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Message 3
From: eli griggs
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 21:42:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40201] Re: Cross Hatching
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Season Best, ELi
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Message 4
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 22:08:54 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40202] SSNW09 print exchange
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Here is another NON-BAREN print exchange opportunity, which may be of interest to some of you. We usually have between 20 and 30 participants. I will announce edition size at the end of the sign-up period.
Cheers ..... Charles
SSNW09It’s that time of year again, folks. Time to sign up for another glorious print exchange.
December 21, 2009 ... the Southern Summer Northern Winter Solstice
Send private email to:
Any editionable technique is acceptable.
7.5 X 11 in., or 19 x 28 cm
anything that fits on the paper
open theme ... anything you like
Charles Morgan
77 Moss Street
Victoria, B.C. V8V 4M2
Prints are due in the hands of the coordinator by March 1, 2010.
$15 Canadian, US, or AustralianCharlesGMorgan@
Call for Entries
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Message 5
From: David Bull
Date: Mon, 07 Dec 2009 22:56:18 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40203] Re: Cross Hatching
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> was wondering if anyone had any ideas or anything on an
> easier way than cutting out thousands of itty bitty tiny boxes,
> using only one block.

In the traditional Japanese field, criss-cross lines were frequently
done using two blocks ... one for criss, and another for cross. Not
sure if this would be suitable for your case here, but maybe worth a
thought ...

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Message 6
From: thadeenz97 #
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 02:21:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40204] Re: Cross Hatching
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I commend you. I spend a lot of time trying to AVOID such situations. If I understand this correctly, you are cutting this so that the crossed lines are standing in relief, and will print as crossed lines. Well, my suggestion is to use a very small flat-head screwdriver, like in eyeglass repair kits, for longer spaces, and an awl for the small "square" spaces in the crosshatch. Obviously, the awl is round, and so will be the space.

Another possibility that occurred to me is that if you know anyone who does letterpress, try to find a font with a squared period and use that. Probably too soft, though.
Jeff Dean
Buffalo, NY
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Message 7
From: ArtSpotiB #
Date: Tue, 08 Dec 2009 06:09:11 GMT
Subject: [Baren 40205] Re: Cross Hatching
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Excuse me, but could someone tell me how to unsubscribe from the listserve?


The cardinal doctrine of a fanatic's creed is that his enemies are the
enemies of God.
Andrew Dickson White, diplomat, historian, and educator (1832-1918)

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Postings made on [Baren] members' blogs
over the past 24 hours ...

Subject: New Print - Ten Little Nine Little
Posted by: Annie B

SmallPox ..small pox virus

Before the arrival of the Europeans to coastal Massachusetts, Cape Cod and the southeastern portion of the state was occupied by people called the Wampanoag. Wampanoag means "People of the First Light." Unfortunately for them, they were also the "People of the First Contact." In 1617-1619 an epidemic, or perhaps a series of diseases, thought to have been brought by early European explorers spread through coastal Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and southern Maine. Local mortality ranged close to 90%, causing dramatic social change.

The population of Plymouth, known to the native Americans as Patuxet, was reduced from over 2000 to almost zero. By the time the Mayflower arrived the village had been completely abandoned. The Mayflower passengers felt that God had prepared this place for them, with its decent harbor, high ground, cleared land and fresh water.

YersinaPestis ..yersina pestis (plague)

No one is sure what the diseases were that raged through the population. Some assume it was small pox, which struck the New England natives again in the 1630s. Others suspect bubonic plague, as there are descriptions of sores on some of the affected individuals. And some even suspect a hepatitis virus. Whatever it was, it was a virgin soil disease to which the Americans had no immunity.

hepc ..hepatitis C

I've been listening to an audio version of Sarah Vowell's book The Wordy Shipmates as I work on this series of prints. Early in the book, Vowell describes a moment when she is standing in a museum in front of a map about these waves of epidemics that says "From 1492 to 1650, contagions claimed as many as nine [native] lives out of ten." Vowell writes:
Standing in front of that map I let those numbers sink in. Nine out of ten. I learned to count by singing that old minstrel song turned nursery rhyme,  "Ten Little Indians." Now I have that melody stuck in my head and I'm picturing seven little, eight little, nine little Indians struck dead by smallpox.
This next print I'll be working on is Called Ten . . .
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Subject: Poking Along on the Block
Posted by: Ellen Shipley

Lost the weekend to holiday doings, but I'm back to work on the xmas card block today. Carve, carve, carve.

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Subject: New Works On Show


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