Today's postings

  1. [Baren 41969] RE: styrofoam prints (Le Green)
  2. [Baren 41970] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V52 #5372 (Sep 17, 2010) (Le Green)
  3. [Baren 41971] baren post (my first!) (david #
  4. [Baren 41972] Re: baren post (my first!) (ruthleaf)
  5. [Baren 41973] RE: baren post (my first!) ("Maria Arango Diener")
  6. [Baren 41974] map exchange # 45 (Wouter ten Broek)
  7. [Baren 41975] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Le Green
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 14:58:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41969] RE: styrofoam prints
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Platemaking-wise, with Styrofoam you can do what you would do with another plate material. Multiple plates work, but one of the best, I think, is fast multicolor reduction. The styrofoam does get wet, so wiping the ink off with a damp rag works better than washing it under running water.
At SGC in Kansas city, they were using the 4x8 pink foam insulation with a registration rig.

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Message 2
From: Le Green
Date: Fri, 17 Sep 2010 15:04:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41970] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V52 #5372 (Sep 17, 2010)
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I will get back on Board with the Summit packets Monday. Meanwhile, It has been reported from Houston that Glenn Faulk is trying to sell my antique starwheel litho press. I still claim ownership, and court action is still pending. Please do not let anyone you know buy this press until AFTER I lose in court, should I not win. He may be selling otehr items as well, but this in the only one I know of now,.
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Message 3
From: david #
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 01:15:15 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41971] baren post (my first!)
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Hello fellow block printers! This is my first post, and I am asking for
your collective knowledge and experience. I am looking at an antique
press to purchase, and have attached a photo.

Here is the info- 12" X 19" platen, has 19" of travel under driven roll,
height adjustment from 1/8" to 1/2. Very precise even pressure thru
travel, roll dia. 3 1/4", and adjusts with a worm gear action.

If you can comment or have an opinion, please chime in! What I would like
to know is:

A. What would be a deal breaker in regards to what it can or canít do
B. If anyone has experience with an antique press
C. Does anyone recognize this press (it has no markings)
D. Is it worth it to pay an antique price for a small press Ė would you
pay 1500 - 2000 for a press this size in good shape?

Thank you in advance for your responses! I have been enjoying and
learning from all of your posts and links.

David Young
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Message 4
From: ruthleaf
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 02:28:13 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41972] Re: baren post (my first!)
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David young. I would only purchase This press after you print from
the block and find it a good print. Ruth Leaf

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Message 5
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 02:40:33 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41973] RE: baren post (my first!)
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Welcome David!

About your press, it looks like a (letterpress) proofing press. I don't see
anything in those (tiny ;-) pictures that would prevent you from making
magnificent woodcuts on it.
However, as a comparison I picked an antique Challenge proofing press a
while back for $140.

Look through the classifieds at for price comparisons and
also search on the web. $1500-2000 will get you a nice shiny new press such
as a Conrad. Search for Conrad Machine or look at this page for a similar
press as you are looking at (but with a longer bed, warranty and replaceable

But hey! I've been known to collect printmaking related antique working and
non-working machinery, sort of a nasty vice of mine!


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Message 6
From: Wouter ten Broek
Date: Sat, 18 Sep 2010 11:06:14 GMT
Subject: [Baren 41974] map exchange # 45
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Hi for those who paticipated in the "map" exchange. If you like, please look
up the relevant page "Sabang print" on my website. It is meant to be an
addendum to the colophon I supplied with the print. Just wasn't ready at the

Just highlight, copy, paste and click. I believe I'm not supposed to embed
links in postings.

Wouter ten Broek

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

Subject: My Solitudes Update (yes, even now ...)
Posted by: Dave Bull

After the major interruption of the last couple of days for the NHK filming, I'm now busy with the preparation of the tracings for the next pair of prints. Once I get them pasted down, I'll shoot some pics for the RoundTable, but there is nothing to see yet.

The filming went generally OK - a mix of the usual stuff, with the addition of a short episode up in the woods with me setting up my tent and then sitting there trying desperately to ignore the mosquitoes while they took some long shots of me 'relaxing' ...

We had a bit of a kerfuffle at one point though, when I had a standoff with the cameraman. We were at the part of the schedule where they needed a stack of my prints for shooting, and while I went upstairs to get them, they had started to put together a kind of stand with lights, for the filming. When I saw what they were planning, I refused, and insisted that they shoot them over at the window, under natural - and horizontal - light.

This is HD TV, so it is a very good chance to finally get the feel and texture of the prints exposed. But the cameraman didn't understand this, and wanted to do things his usual way.

We went toe-to-toe on it for a few minutes, but I wouldn't back down, and we eventually did it my way. The camera guy - who seemed to have as much, or more, . . .
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