Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41714] RE: baren suggestions ("Maria Arango Diener")
  2. [Baren 41715] Re: Posting on Baren Forum Blog (John and Michelle Morrell)
  3. [Baren 41716] Lurkers (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 41717] Matsumoto Print Works (Holly Anderson)
  5. [Baren 41718] Re: Matsumoto Print Works (Julio.Rodriguez #
  6. [Baren 41719] matt cutters (Guadalupe Victorica)
  7. [Baren 41720] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 15:13:16 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41714] RE: baren suggestions
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Thanks Dave! Just what I needed. I will study those models and choose from
there. One thing I definitely want is a special order 11 cm. I have a small
11 cm "wood plug" baren I made a long time ago and it fits sooo much nicer
in my hand than even the 12 cm Murasaki.

As for the skin, I have to keep mine in a baggie at all times or it just
shreds right off the baren as it dries. Darned desert! I am investigating
several other "covers" for my baren; so far the best of my experiments is
good quality lightly primed linen canvas, which stretches nicely around the
baren and holds very tight. My standard ategawa last about a day of
printing. The canvas doesn't have quite the same "feel" but it is so far the
closest I've found, oils nicely, wraps tight, doesn't abrade the paper after
it's well beat up and oiled.

Other things I've tried either shred after a few printings or have other
problems, gaffer's tape, various cloths, heavy duty tarp... The best so far
is the canvas, followed closely by h.d. tarp and duct tape, although I have
yet to find duct-like (really gaffer's) tape in 6 inch width. The standard
width tends to start "rolling up" at the seams after an hour or so. Well, I
found the wide tape, just costs like 40 bucks a roll and that's a bit too
expensive for an experiment that may not work. Maybe I'll splurge one of
these days.

And about the mall, I don't think I've ever spent less than 200-300 in a
single order! I bet that's probably the same for a lot of us.

Thanks again,



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Message 2
From: John and Michelle Morrell
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 17:50:17 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41715] Re: Posting on Baren Forum Blog
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Greetings from the Mother of all Lurkers! I am attempting to post today only to say that my new years tigers should be heading out the end of this week. How's that for procrastination?

Does anyone know what happened to the Wood Engravers forum? I used to get it almost daily, but they must have made some change I didn't notice. Things get busy for all of us.

There is very little I can add to the comments already made on this forum, and my level of expertise is so low it's just as well. However, please consider this my annual posting!

Michelle Morrell
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 18:07:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41716] Lurkers
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What Michelle is too shy to say is the is the assistant to the Mall Manager and
process all the orders and sends them to Japan. Without her help the mall might
just disappear as I am hideously busy....a crazy woman in my old age. I want to
publicly thank her, so my hat is off to you Michelle and many many thanks for
your tireless efforts that few know about! Lurk all you want! hahaha
My best to all
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Message 4
From: Holly Anderson
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 18:38:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41717] Matsumoto Print Works
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Hello! Recently I acquired a Japanese woodblock print with a small tag on the back that says "Matsumoto Print No. 388 The Matsumoto Print Works, Nagoya, Japan." Does anyone know anything about this company? I'm looking for information of any kind. Thanks for your help!
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Message 5
From: Julio.Rodriguez #
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:22:12 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41718] Re: Matsumoto Print Works
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Hi Holly.....welcome to barenforum.og

I have a few prints from this publisher. Not #388 but I have #389 from one
of his old print catalogs which came with the print I purchased on ebay.
The company was in business around the turn of the last century. A while
fellow print enthusiast Marc Khan and I shared some emails/links regarding
founder Sogo Matsumoto and his publishing company, I am including them
here in case you want to do some research.

Marc Khan runs which is a website dedicated to artist Takahashi
Shotei, included is a fabolous gallery and many interesting articles about
Japanese printmaking and links detailing the history of many publishers.

thanks....Julio Rodriguez

Matsumoto is a graduate of the Yale University ?

More on Matsumoto in the US ?

I found this entry for a 1903 exhibition of prints by Sogo Matsumoto, I am
presuming here in the US:

This is a list of items in a collection for a former student of Arthur
Wesley Dow. Look under the contents for Box #9...there is a mention of
what seems to be a book by Sogo Matsumoto "The Making of Color Prints".
Perhaps Dave has knowledge of this item ?

Here is the link to the collection at the Winterthur Museum in Delaware:

There is also some business relationship between Matsumoto, Wilhelmina
Seegmiller and a publishing company by the name of Atkinson, Mentzer &

Here are a few more links worth looking at, checkout the cover pages:

Holly Anderson
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Message 6
From: Guadalupe Victorica
Date: Wed, 28 Jul 2010 22:52:03 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41719] matt cutters
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Sharen, Barbara and Marylin. The matt cutter you sent looks awesome. Thank you very much for your advice. I always wondered where people got them here.

Saludos, Guadalupe

Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Size matters - first heating test
Posted by: Dave Bull

The delivery man knocked at the door this morning - as the 'just in time' system keeps ticking along. He brought the solution for the question of how to heat the sizing mixture in its tray. This should do it:

That doesn't tell you much I suppose, so let's get it unwrapped ...

Yes, a new Zojirushi table hot plate. It all fits together into a nice package for storage: ribbed steak grilling tray, grease catching tray, some other parts I can't really identify well, and ... a flat griddle, with 2cm raised edges!

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Subject: Old Birthday Notes
Posted by: Alynn Guerra

Back in April I celebrated my birthday by having a party and asking people to write notes in exchange for a print. What was different this year was that the note had to be about my favorite color, which wasn't that difficult to guess; and the author of my favorite story would get one of my prints framed.I got stories sent by email, or posted on my face book and real hand written ones. I read and

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Subject: Carving Blood
Posted by: Andrew Stone

Well, I decided to step away from my big Jajim print for a little pause. I haven't done any carving since early this year and I wanted to make some chips fly.

SO I went back into my unfinished projects file and pulled out a little print that never got farther than a preparatory sketch. While brainstorming ideas for one of the Baren Forum exchanges I posted this as one of the ideas that got nixed. Several followers--well, most of them actually since I have so few--said that it was too bad as they liked the idea.
So did I. So I went back to my preparatory sketch--it was on old mat board and I looked it over--I added some type for the title and drove over to Kinko's and made a xerox to serve as my Hanshita. Glued it down that night and spent most of yesterday carving the keyblock. This morning I recut a few spot repairs I made on some slips. It looks mostly ok but it's carved pretty shallowly so printing will tell if it's deep enough.

Now I'm back into a stretch of shifts for work until next week but hope to get in to test print and see how . . .
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This item is taken from the blog Lacrime di Rospo.
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