Today's postings

  1. [Baren 42504] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V53 #5455 (Dec 8, 2010) Dickerson/Printmakers Combination Press ("Sales")
  2. [Baren 42505] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V53 #5455 (Dec 8, 2010) Printmakers Combination Press ("Sales")
  3. [Baren 42506] Dickerson press (Barbara Mason)
  4. [Baren 42507] RE: that dry heat ("Maria Arango Diener")
  5. [Baren 42508] Re: 2011 New Year Sign up for the Year of the Rabbit ("Bea Gold")
  6. [Baren 42509] Exchange #47 Reminder ("Maria Arango Diener")
  7. [Baren 42510] Re: that dry heat (Barbara Mason)
  8. [Baren 42511] Time for Puzzle #3! ("Maria Arango Diener")
  9. [Baren 42512] SSNW10 print exchange (Charles Morgan)
  10. [Baren 42513] Re: Your favorite press? (audley sue wing)
  11. [Baren 42514] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Sales"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 14:51:49 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42504] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V53 #5455 (Dec 8, 2010) Dickerson/Printmakers Combination Press
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Two things that I should point out - one, the Dickerson/Printmakers
Combination Press is definitely not the Wright Press. Mr. Wright made
only the first generation of presses for Ted Dickerson (the DC-1), up
until about 1967-68 or so.

At that point with Ted's blessings, we moved the production to the
machine shop that we used in the Chicago area.

Historically, the Wright presses are harder to repair. That being said,
there are a number of people that love them. The price sounds a little
high to me, but that's a function of condition, age, location etc.

Two, for the record, Printmakers Machine Company is not a part of
Graphic Chemical & Ink - it never has been. Printmakers Machine Company
bought the press line from Graphic Chemical in 1976.

The common element between the two companies is that Susan and I are
involved in both corporations.

Dean Clark
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Message 2
From: "Sales"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 14:59:31 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42505] RE: New Baren Digest (Text) V53 #5455 (Dec 8, 2010) Printmakers Combination Press
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Oops, I should have read Barbara's message a little more closely.
Printmakers Machine continues to sell the combination press, the only
difference is that since Ted Dickerson's death we no longer call it a
Dickerson press it is now the Printmakers Combination press - same size,
same specs, same shop making it.

Dean Clark
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Message 3
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 15:02:28 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42506] Dickerson press
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Thanks for the history on this....we get snippits here and there but should have
come to you for the full story. I knew there was a connection to Graphic
Chemical. I do love my Dickerson, it is an amazing little press and I have had
it nearly 20 years and it was 'Used" when I got it. I had to buy a new bed and
on-off switch, which you so kindly provided for me... I do covet those new big
presses, but would not trade, maybe someday I will have one "in addition to".
You never know. We are looking at a second home in Mesa AZ and I am trying to
figure out how to put a second studio in that tiny space, however there is a sun
porch! (still tiny) I might have to make it woodblock only and print by hand. I
hate the idea of what 115 degree weather could do to rollers and inks. I will
have to get with Maria for help with that!
My best
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Message 4
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:01:35 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42507] RE: that dry heat
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My rollers are fine after 15+ years of use. No problem there. In fact, my composite rollers are fine waaaay past the dreaded age where they are supposed to disintegrate into a blob. I keep the studio (not by choice LOL) at about 85-87 degrees in the summer and our humidity here in Vegas is actually about 10% drier on average than anywhere in Arizona. Arizona, however, is hotter and has milder winters.

Inks are a different matter; they do dry out quick. Having said that, I have both tube and can inks that are still good after about 5 years or so. Eventually you open a can or grab a tube and...well, they're good as doorstops or garden decorative rocks.
Wood dries out to a perfect 6% and stays stable after that. In most parts of the country you need a very expensive drying kiln to get that!

And woodblock is doable, every print I make I devise a new trick to keep things damp and, most importantly, consistently damp through a run. You will LOVE how fast inks dry once printed, oil based, water based, whatever...dry in a day, flat as a pancake.

Oh yeah, bring lotion and lip balm, your knuckles will crack and lips will bleed (just kidding, well, no, bring lotion and lip balm).


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Message 5
From: "Bea Gold"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:28:38 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42508] Re: 2011 New Year Sign up for the Year of the Rabbit
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Hi Julio, I did something that made my signup twice. Can I delete one? Thanks for your good work. Bea

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Message 6
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 16:30:58 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42509] Exchange #47 Reminder
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Hello all,

A reminder to those who have NOT yet confirmed to please fire me off an
email confirming your participation; this also serves to let me know that my
communications are two-way and not getting lost in cyberspace. I know it's
an easy step to miss especially from the exchange veterans but I must have
that little checkmark on my persnickety spreadsheet.

Also, you should be receiving 2 copies of this email, one to your direct
address and one in the Baren Forum email.

I am awaiting confirmations (although I just know you are all eagerly
carving) from:

Andrea Starkey

Brad Bateman

Patti Phare-Camp

Claudia Coonen

Michael Gaffney

Viza Arlington

Carole Baker

Andrew Stone

Your Exchange 47 Headquarters page:

With the holidays coming up it is imperative to at least start the process
very soon if you have not yet. I have received emails from some of you that
are way ahead of me! But I'm carving my key block and will be printing soon.

Thank you all for playing, let's get going!

Maria, Exchange #47 Coordinator


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Message 7
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 17:12:37 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42510] Re: that dry heat
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yes, I agree with the lotion...I have turned into a prune it three days but I
have been cleaning a lot so hands in water is not conducive to soft skin in the
heat. All I have is suntan lotion but it is helping! ha
That is good news about the wood, I have some that are a bit warped, think I
will bring them and see if I can soak and dry them flat here
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Message 8
From: "Maria Arango Diener"
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 21:57:03 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42511] Time for Puzzle #3!
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Please excuse cross-posting and feel free to share with other groups and
printmaking friends.
This is a non-Baren sponsored/directed event.

It is high time for Monumental Puzzle Project Numero Tres!

EVERYONE INVITED! The City of the World shall be built in 2011!!!
Sign up is open now until end of January 2011. Deadline for returning a very
small carved block is December 2011.
Information page:

As the page says, monumental puzzle projects are a collaborative effort
among printmakers world-wide to compose an awesome print with little effort
on the part of each printmaker.
Basically, each printmaker receives a smallish block of wood which fits
neatly into the overall puzzle design. Each printmaker carves their block,
returns to the coordinator and receives in turn a huge print containing the
creations of printmakers from all over the world.

All the gory details on the page above.
I am extending the invite to other groups so if you have your own group of
printmakers, everyone is welcomed.
Once more, the information page outlines requirements, sign up form, and all
the details.

Please send me questions/comments directly at 1000woodcuts AT gmail DOT com
Maria, Instigator of the MCPP

PS For those of you who have never done one of these before, here are the
pages from the previous Monumental Puzzle Projects:
The Baren Puzzle #1
The Great Baren Cairn #2

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Message 9
From: Charles Morgan
Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2010 22:05:19 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42512] SSNW10 print exchange
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 It's that time of year again ... This is a private exchange, NOT a Baren
sponsored exchange. But Baren members are welcome!
                 ### CALL FOR PARTICIPATION ###

*** SSNW10: The 2010 Southern Summer Northern Winter Solstice Print Exchange  

Exchange coordinator:  Charles Morgan ---

To sign-up, send private email to me at the above address.

Sign-up deadline: December 21, 2010 ... the southern summer northern winter

Theme:  All Creatures Great and Small (however you interpret it ... to include
insects and imaginary beasts)

Technique: any editionable technique you like

Due date: prints are due in my hands by March 1, 2011

Return date: I will endeavor to mail out the packages of prints to the
participants on March 15. Late prints will be returned to the sender.

Paper size: 7.5 x 11 inches, or 19 x 28 cm

Image size: anything that fits on the paper

Participation fee: $15 Australian, Canadian, or US ... to cover the mailing and
packaging costs ... Your fee should be included with your prints when you send
them. Cash or Paypal preferred (use my email address above for Paypal). If you
are financially indisposed and still want to participate, then contact me
privately and I will make arrangements for you.

Edition size: to be determined by the number of sign-ups ... typically between
20 and 30 ... to be announced after the sign-up deadline
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Message 10
From: audley sue wing
Date: Thu, 09 Dec 2010 05:05:30 GMT
Subject: [Baren 42513] Re: Your favorite press?
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These rubber blankets Maria talked about may be
similar to the ones used by commercial Lithographic Offset printers. In the
Offset printing process they cover the impression cylinder which
"offsets" the image from plate to paper ensuring it reads the right
way when printed. They are made to withstand a lot of pressure and chemistry in
this process. The ones used on "sheet fed" presses are usually of better
quality that those on "rotary presses" that tend to print newspapers
and periodicals from rolls of paper.

These blankets are usually only changed when the image quality is affected
in some way and then they are kept on hand for other uses. So that if you ask Offset
printers in your area they will more that likely give you a couple of these
used but perfectly suitable blankets. The larger the printing press the larger
the blankets but they can be easily cut to the size you want.

the season for giving so get out your begging bowl and have fun.     Best wishes.    Audley Sue Wing

Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Last day for US-based collectors!
Posted by: Dave Bull

The 'Gift Print' this year has turned out to be the most popular I have ever presented - no small thanks to Hokusai, of course!

But the 'season' is now almost over, at least for getting items shipped from Japan in time for delivery by Xmas. The post office here has set December 10th as their 'suggested' deadline for mailing to both the US and the UK, so if that's where you live, and you were considering one of these prints this year, don't wait any longer!

Details of the mailing deadline for some other countries are on the Gift Print page, where you can also place your order.

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Subject: I Won't Be Your Enemy
Posted by: Annie B


I'm carving again. This time I'm working on a pattern that will overlay the tan-colored areas of the print, the "Palestinian territories" on my map. I like using patterns to show cultural ties to land. I first did it on the Locusts In Babylon print and then I used patterns again on Vast Unpeopled Lands. I searched online for an Islamic pattern to use and this one stopped me in my tracks when I saw that it includes a 6-pointed star. The inclusion of the star speaks to the ancestral ties of the Jewish and Palestinian people (both tracing their lineage back to Abraham) and it can also represent the Bible-based claims some Jews make to West Bank land.

While I carve, I continue to contemplate peace. Thanks to everyone who joined the conversation in the last post about peace and not eating meat. I found a lot to think about there and I'll probably circle back around to that topic again.

Being an artist, and especially working with a method that could be called "slow art," I do have a lot of time to contemplate. And being a blogger, I receive input from other people that helps my contemplation develop. My blogger/printmaker friend Katka (her relief printing blog is The Blue Chisel) left a comment last month recommending an author named Maxine Kaufman-Lacusta. I Googled her and discovered that . . .
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This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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