Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41320] RE: end grain for engraving - Australian (jennifer kelly)
  2. [Baren 41321] Press plates such as phenolic reson and other laminateed plates (Georgina Leahy)
  3. [Baren 41322] newspaper interview (Linda Beeman)
  4. [Baren 41323] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V51 #5255 (May 24, 2010) (Jane Cloutier)
  5. [Baren 41324] Re: Press plates such as phenolic reson and other laminateed plates (Barbara Mason)
  6. [Baren 41325] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: jennifer kelly
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 11:16:34 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41320] RE: end grain for engraving - Australian
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Thanks so much for some local info. My local exotic wood supplier
is in lake Macquarie. The business has just changed hands and they are
no longer going to keep the variety of exotic wood. I had better get in quickly.

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Message 2
From: Georgina Leahy
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 11:46:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41321] Press plates such as phenolic resin and other laminated plates
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Has anyone used a phenolic resin plate or plate other than steel? if so could you make a comment about it, did you like it being lighter and probably safer? or did you prefer the heavy steel plate?

I ask because I may have an opportunity to purchase a large press but it has a 'alternate' sort of plate, I am not really used to this sort of press by all accounts they are OK, especially for relief printing. Please let me know if you think they are a big mistake!



addit -- I am printing lots at the moment, catching up with half a decade of unfinished editions, did two today!
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Message 3
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 12:20:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41322] newspaper interview
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I don't know why this wouldn't post last time but I will give it another try.

Thank you all for your kind words and for the personal emails as well.
The response locally has also been positive. The dam issue mentioned in
the article could get me some hate mail, but oh well.
I will keep
you updated as much as possible. I just don't want to post pictures of
the series until they are done. More impact that way. I only let them
photograph the one in the paper because of the dam issue. I won't
bore you with the details of that issue unless you want to know.

I would like to get the article on to my blog but haven't figured out how to do that. If anyone get help me with that I'd appreciate it.

I am
currently working on the 5th and 6th sets of blocks while waiting for my
paper shipment to arrive. This will be an edition of 12 of each print
in the series. Not a lot, I know. But this is a big block for me and
it's physically taxing. And I have this looming deadline of October. It's a lot to get done in a short amount of time and still have a life. My son is graduating high school in 10 days so there is a lot going on right now.

I never thought about using actual river water on a print. What a fantastic idea! I do have a water filtration system we use when backpacking. Now I have to decide which print to try it on.
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Message 4
From: Jane Cloutier
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 12:49:00 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41323] Re: New Baren Digest (HTML) V51 #5255 (May 24, 2010)
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Congratulations, Linda! Good article - beautiful print!

Jane Cloutier (emerging briefly from the lurk)
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Message 5
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Tue, 25 May 2010 12:53:43 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41324] Re: Press plates such as phenolic reson and other laminateed plates
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Phenolic Resin is the new press bed of choice for almost every manufacturer, it is nearly as hard as metal but lighter in weight. It is made with resin and fibers and very very strong. It is made under tremendous pressure. They use it in industry to actually machine parts out of.
The thing you need to be sure of is that it is level, all press beds can get a wow in them. The only advantage of steel is that it will take the heat out of a plate immediately and takes a long time to get the wow. The disadvantage is it will rust eventually and is wicked heavy.
I would not be put off about this press bed, I have one and have had no problems in 20 years. Run an inked plate through in the middle, if it picks up all the ink, you are good to go. Mine is 25x48 inches and when I bought the bed it was $200 so is replaceable if you have to get a new one. My press came without the bed as it was used. Probably be $400 in today's money
My best

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Subject: Join Me at the Eric Carle Museum?
Posted by: Annie B

At 1 PM on Saturday, June 5th I'll be participating in a panel discussion at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Arts in Amherst, MA, titled "Printmaking for a Better Planet." Moderated by Liz Chalfin, Director of Zea Mays, the panel of four artists will present a discussion/slide show on sustainable printmaking in conjunction with the Carle's exhibition of Antonio Frasconi prints.

After the panel, from 2:30 to 3:30 pm, I'll be demonstrating Japanese woodblock printing in the Art Studio along with demonstrations of trace monotype by Pamela Crawford.

I hope to see you there!

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