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From: Louise Cass
Date: Sat, 25 Feb 2012 17:07:29 GMT
Subject: [Baren 45149] Re: Mud Flap Girl!
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Definitely very clever and original Terry! I've had all
sorts of people seeing your card and chuckling..
Louise C.

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Subject: Photos from MI-LAB Mokuhanga Residency
Posted by: Annie B

A few days ago I wrote about the new MI-LAB Mokuhanga Residency Program at Lake Kawaguchi in the foothills of Mount Fuji in Japan. The program launched the first Residency for Mid-Career Artists last week, when four invited artists arrived for a 45-day stay.

The artists at this inaugural event are, from the left, Keiko Hara (Japan/USA), Jacqueline Gribbin (Australia), Ralph Kiggell (UK/Thailand), and Hiroki Morinoue (USA).

I just discovered that MI-LAB is posting photos of the residency every day or two, so I wanted to let you know that you can go to the site and see what the artists are doing.To see the photos, go to the home page and in the column on the left, click on the green words that say "photo gallery." It's the next best thing to being there!

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Subject: Knife set - hangi-toh handles ...
Posted by: Dave Bull

Now that the process for manufacturing the chisel handles is (basically) organized, it's time to figure out how to make the round handles for the hangi-toh, the main carving knife.

There really isn't a whole lot of mystery about how these are going to be made. I need a lathe.

Sato-san and I have been watching the auctions, and he called on Wednesday with the news that he had found one on Yahoo Auctions, but that I should check on it quickly, because it was finishing very shortly. I checked the page, and it looked like just what we needed - a small desktop lathe, apparently in good condition, and reasonably priced.

Looking up the model online, I found that it had good specs ... plenty of torque at low revs, which I think (I have no lathe experience myself) is what we need for small-scale woodworking on hard woods. It didn't come with any attachments, but it was cheap - 10,000 yen - so I put in a bid. Nobody else was interested, a few minutes later it was 'mine', and it arrived early this afternoon:

'Mide in Taiwan' indeed ... a Cockney lathe!

There is just a raw spindle, as it came without even a simple spur center. I'll head over to the hardware store on my bike tomorrow to pick one up, along with some basic turning tools, but for tonight, there must be a way to get this thing working ...

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