Today's postings

  1. [Baren 43118] Tool Sharpening Services ("Phare-Camp")
  2. [Baren 43119] Re: Tool Sharpening Services (Graham Scholes)
  3. [Baren 43120] Re: pricing for Inspired by Japan ("Mark Mason")
  4. [Baren 43121] Re: Time for NEW Exchange Signups! (Already?) (Diane Cutter)
  5. [Baren 43122] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: "Phare-Camp"
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 05:51:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43118] Tool Sharpening Services
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my local woodcrafters ruined a set of my knives! I've never been able to
get the edge hubby does them for me now. He's much better at it
than I.
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Message 2
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 06:51:04 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43119] Re: Tool Sharpening Services
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That is good Patty. I am feeling guilty that I did not make sure you understood the technique of sharpening when you were at Boot Camp.

There was one other person that need help....
I would be willing to sharpen your tools if you wish (no charge) to mail them to me and pay for the return mailing.

I would like to know what tools your are using. Send be a close up picture or the names and where you purchased them. I don't see the practicality of you sending me inexpensive tools... All the sharpening in the world will not last.

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Message 3
From: "Mark Mason"
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 09:35:39 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43120] Re: pricing for Inspired by Japan
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If you're going to have portfolio sets, then I don't think you should dip
into them to sell individual prints.

The portfolios will cease to become a set, and you can't really sell
portfolios with random numbers of prints in them. There has to be some

A buyer may purchase a set thinking it has a particular print in it only to
find that it was pulled to sell individually. They would be difficult to
market in this fashion.

Set aside a small number (perhaps 8) of each print to sell individually, or
to counter any one print selling out before others, don't sell individually
but in a 'Pick n Mix' portfolio where a buyer can select 4 or 8 loose prints
to be made up into a personally selected portfolio.

Still keep the bulk of editions as the 2 volume 30ish print portfolios.

The suggested pricing sounds fine.

One final suggestion leading from a comment about Moku Hanga prints (water
based printing using Japanese methods):

There are a lot of collectors of this style of printmaking only who may be
very interested in buying a portfolio make up exclusively of Moku Hanga

What would members think if one of the portfolios was water based and the
other was oily?

What is the current split between water and oily printmakers on the sign-up
page? If it's about 50/50 then it might work.

I will contact Tatton Park in Cheshire (UK) about the project, they have the
Largest surviving Japanese Garden in Europe which celebrates it's centenary
this year.
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Message 4
From: Diane Cutter
Date: Mon, 04 Apr 2011 11:28:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 43121] Re: Time for NEW Exchange Signups! (Already?)
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Ditto to Eli's thoughts and comments... I'd hate to see the regular Baren
exchanges lose momentum.


Digest Appendix

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

Subject: Mystique Series #12 : printing steps 8 ~ 9
Posted by: Dave Bull

After the considerable (but most welcome!) disruptions of the past couple of days, it was time to get back to work this afternoon. (I spent the morning in post office work of course.)

First impression was very quick - just a couple of quick splashes on the 'cheeks':

The next one didn't take much time either ...

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This item is taken from the blog Woodblock RoundTable.
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Subject: This Land Is Your Land
Posted by: Annie B


Japanese woodblock (moku hanga) and calligraphy
Image size: 18.5" x 25" (47 x 63.5 cm)
1 shina plywood block
6 hand-rubbed color layers
Paper: Etchu Pure Kozo
Edition: 7

Even when indigenous languages are considered "extinct," meaning there are no living speakers, many Native peoples feel that the language is still alive within the landscape and tribal imagination, but dormant like a winter seed.
           Philip M. Klasky, the Cultural Conservancy

All over the United States, wherever you go, you will find Native American place names. The nation is rife with towns, rivers, lakes, mountains, regions, and even states that sport Indian names borrowed by, and often mispronounced by, European colonial settlers as they moved west. Massachusetts, Manhattan, Spokane, Tallahassee, Alabama, Wichita, Tulsa ? the litany is long. Hand written on this print are over 200 U.S. state, city and town names that have their origins in Native American languages. I made sure to included several from every state. I pored over an atlas, looked for names that I thought were probably Native American, and then double-checked those names in a book called Native American Place Names by William Bright.

If you're curious about what some of these names mean, National Geographic has an interactive online map with some of those names and their meanings.

Here's a closeup of the title. I included some hearts, . . .
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This item is taken from the blog woodblock dreams.
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Subject: Woodcut demonstration at the Home Festival

This item is taken from the blog Against the grain.
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Subject: Splashing to the finish
Posted by: Sherrie Y

Alrighty then! The only thing more satisfying than almost-complete prints on the drying rack is complete prints on the drying rack. It's funny how often I think an image looks pretty good, and then I add one more color and I wonder why I thought the previous step looked complete. It's also funny (in a warped sort of way) how often "one more color" leads to "okay, one MORE color." Color 10

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This item is taken from the blog Brush and Baren.
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