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  1. [Baren 41184] waste cuts (Andrew Stone)
  2. [Baren 41185] Re: waste cuts (Dave Bull)
  3. [Baren 41186] White Line (Jennifer Martindale)
  4. [Baren 41187] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Andrew Stone
Date: Wed, 05 May 2010 04:39:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41184] waste cuts
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I've been looking through the archives but haven't found the right posts.
When cutting really fine lines that are close together; how do you keep the width of the blade from damaging the cut? If I'm cutting, straight side against the line I can make one cut along the outside of the line. Coming down the other side the blade wants to push over the little strip of wood I'm trying to save. I've read about waste cuts that presumably take the pressure off. Where do they go and when do I cut them?
Andrew, " oh, there goes another piece of my keyblock" Stone
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Message 2
From: Dave Bull
Date: Wed, 05 May 2010 05:13:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41185] Re: waste cuts
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Andrew wrote:
> When cutting really fine lines that are close together; how do you
> keep the width of the blade from damaging the cut?

The quick and easy answer is that you don't push the knife down into
the wood very far - certainly not far enough that the width of the
blade will get in the way.

A kind of 'tutorial' is here:

> I've read about waste cuts that presumably take the pressure off.
> Where do they go and when do I cut them?

This is a different question ... when you are carving (say) an isolated
thin line, you want to avoid stressing the wood that will eventually be
left behind, so _before_ you make the main cut along the line, you cut
the opposite side of the 'V', out in the unwanted area. Thus, when you
next cut the line itself, the waste wood is free to move aside, avoid
any stress being pushed onto the retained side ...

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Message 3
From: Jennifer Martindale
Date: Wed, 05 May 2010 10:26:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41186] White Line
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I have been following the white line experiments with interest and plan to have a go after the (busy) summer. I got to the London Original Print Fair which is as ever a highlight of the year, and at the The Old Print Shop stall from New York there were 6 works by Blanche Lazzell. I had a long chat and the owner (a Mr Newman I presume) said how very thick the paper is. Thought this a useful tip. He also said that to get even coverage she painted the same colour up to 6 times, she also only did one small area at a time. I recommend a chat if aanyone goes near 30th street New York.

All the best to the upcoming shows and demos I find your tips very helpful and will use at my local art club who want a demo.

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Subject: Design Festa ... come and drop by!
Posted by: Dave Bull

I will be taking part in the Design Festa event being held here in Tokyo on the weekend of the 15th and 16th. It's a twice-yearly event that is kind of difficult to describe. The organizer's web site tries like this:

Design Festa is a biannual International Art Event, started in 1994. It is open to all artists from all over the world to exhibit their creative talent freely. 8,500 artists working in a variety of mediums will be present, turning the two day event into artistic chaos! There will be Booth areas (2700 booths), an Outdoor live-show stage, an Indoor stage, a Mini-theater Space and a Restaurant and Cafe/Bar Area, all for your enjoyment during these two days filled with art, energy, excitement and discovery!

Artistic chaos? Does that sound like me? Not really I guess ... but anyway, I decided to sign up for this one, as it really does sound like a lot of fun. It's mostly a pretty young crowd, and far and away most of the exhibitors are amateurs taking advantage of the show's very cheap rates for exhibiting, but I'm not really bothered about that. I'm thinking in terms of simply 'getting out' of the quiet shell of my workroom for a weekend, meeting a whole bunch of new people, and just seeing what happens.

Just look at this shot of one corner of the display area (from a previous show):

I think this should be a pretty good chance for a whole lot of new people to learn about my work ...

Here's a rough map of the show. I'm upstairs (the red star), right on the aisle running between the Mini Theatre and the 'Restaulant' area ... (click for enlargement)

My booth # is C+1594 The show runs from 11 to 7 both days, at the Tokyo Big Site. More about the show, including travel directions, videos, etc. is on their web site here.

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Subject: Run 9 and 10
Posted by: conor

This ones with mylar after the latest run, the second sky color. In runs 8 and 9 I did some clothes, dumpster, a little stuff in the windows covered up and some more bricks and mulch and flowers I think. Spent too much time doing things the way I had planned and not enough time doing them the way I should have been.

Couple drying on the bookshelf. I want to experiment more with the sky and parking lot rhythms and want two different final things going on in that door so I did 8 or 9 with the sky and left the rest for later. I'm going to print the key onto these with the first design and fill in the details with some oil markers.

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