Today's postings

  1. [Baren 45004] dragon (Linda Beeman)
  2. [Baren 45005] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V58 #5870 (Jan 14, 2012) (Ruth Egnater)
  3. [Baren 45006] Baren Member blogs: Update Notification (Blog Manager)
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Message 1
From: Linda Beeman
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:23:59 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45004] dragon
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I have been on the fence about joining the zodiac exchange but finally signed up today. I have an idea of what I want to do but wasn't sure I should take on the commitment. I am assuming the mailing date of January 23, 2012 is a wishful thinking suggestion? I'm assuming that because I keep reading some of you are still mailing out previous years prints!
I look forward to having dragons in my mailbox!

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Message 2
From: Ruth Egnater
Date: Sat, 14 Jan 2012 14:46:27 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45005] Re: New Baren Digest (Text) V58 #5870 (Jan 14, 2012)
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Sue, With the introduction of water based intaglio, the less water the better. Just a light mist and throw in a plastic back for awhile(use distilled water of course). I do skip the paper wetting altogether often, even o arches 88 smooth paper. It gives a consistent texture to the paint like looking at very enlarged pixels from a photo, or grainy like an even coat of sand. Thats the only way I can describe it. And on a thinner paper for things other than dry point, like a relief print I never wet the paper, unless I want some "leaking" of color.

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

Subject: Another _Big_ Step!
Posted by: Dave Bull

Back on the first day of the year, I made a post over on my Woodblock RoundTable blog, catching up with bits and pieces of news. One of the items - just tossed off in passing - included this content: "... one day was a visit from a young craftsman who has some interesting thoughts on the steel with which our carving knives are made, and he brought over some sample blades which we 'cooked up' on my kitchen stove, but as he is not ready to make his endeavours public yet, he has asked me to refrain from blogging about it. More about this later ... (I hope!)"

Well, 'later' is here already!

The young craftsman I mentioned was the carver Sato-san, who did the work for the Senshafuda prints I published last year. He has been spending quite a lot of his free time doing research on the content of the steel used to make the blades in our carving knives. All the traditional carvers complain about the quality of the blades in recent years, but most of us have felt that there just wasn't much we could do about it. Making knives is a very specialized job of course, and our segment of the overall hardware market is extremely tiny. There are actually more people still making samurai swords than there are making knives like ours!

Sato-san's researches - and his tenacity at digging up information - led him late last month to a small workshop in one of . . .
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Subject: My new blog
Posted by: Bette Norcross Wappner --

This is my new blog name and location.

Surimono Garden name will no longer be used.

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