CONTENTS: SUGGEST A SUPPLIER
Art Boards maple planks and end-grain blocks for printing Baren Mall Baren's own Japanese tool, paper, and supply service Daniel Smith general artist's supplies Garrett Wade western and Japanese woodworking tools Gene Becker Photopolymer Plates photopolymer plates Grantham's do-it-yourself liquid photopolymer "rubber stamps" Graphic Chemical & Ink Co. HUGE selection of printmaking materials and supplies. Guerra Paint & Pigment pigment dispersions for Japanese woodblock printing Hawthorn Printmaker Supplies U.K. inks and supplies -- new site -- NO RETURNS OR REFUNDS Hida Tool and Hardware, Inc. Japanese woodworking tools, kitchen knives, garden tools. Hiromi Paper International, Inc. papers from papermills throughout Japan and custom made paper Impact Images Plastic Bags and Envelopes which are 100% acid and lignin free. Intaglio Printmaker U.K. supplier Japan Woodworker hand made Japanese tools for woodblock and carpentry. Japanese Paper Place very large selection of hand made Japanese paper Lee Valley Tools, Ltd. woodworking tools, gardening tools, and cabinet hardware. Light Impressions archival storage and supplies McClain's Printmaking Supplies traditional Japanese woodblock printing supplies New York Central Art Supplies fine art paper and supplies Paper Connection International fine art paper Rembrandt Graphic Arts printmaking supplies and equipment Renaissance Graphic Arts tools and products for the printmaking industry Talas conservation, preservation, & restoration supplies Takach Paper printmaking papers Twinrocker Handmade Paper handmade paper & papermaking supplies Woodcraft Supply woodworking tools and accessories
42-25 Ninth Street
Long Island City, NY 11101
The mother lode of things you didn't even know you needed! This company sells a wide array of commercial and fine art printing supplies and equipment. If you need it, they have it - wood, wooden letterpress type, presses, ink, doodads... Everything but the paper to print on.
Art Boards produces wood panels for drawing, painting, and printmaking.
Their maple cutting and engraving blocks are sanded to an extremely fine finish on both sides and are dimensioned to exactly .918 inch thickness, the exact height for using in a letter press or for making prints by hand.
4440 SW 198th Street
Aloha, OR 97007
The [Baren] Mall is our CO-OP buying service... there is no physical store, there is no inventory, and there are no employees. Orders are transmitted to the mall manager (a [Baren] member), who processes the payment and forwards the order to the appropriate suppliers in Japan. The goods are immediately packaged and shipped directly to the customer. [Baren] receives a small commission from the supplier (generally about 10%).
4150 First Avenue South
PO Box 84268
Seattle WA 98124-5568
Major supplier of art supplies.
Huge on-line catalog. Tools, pigments, papers, you name it.
161 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10013
phone: 800-221-2942 212-255-8552
fax: 800-566-9525 212-807-1155
A simply huge supply of quality Western and Japanese tools -- some that seem too beautiful to even use. Visit them on-line, or call for a free catalog.
73-48 183rd Street
Flushing, NY 11366
For the past twenty years, Gene has been supplying photopolymer plates to printers and university art departments throughout the USA. He is a distributor of Miraclon, Rigilon, Bunting magnetic bases, "Self" platemakers, Amergraph exposure units and Kutrimmers. <top>
418 Central Avenue NE
East Grand Forks, MN 56721
Grantham's shows you how to make "rubber stamps" using laser or ink-jet self-printed negatives and Grantham's liquid photopolymer. Relatively inexpensive method, a how-to video is also available.
728 North Yale Avenue
Villa Park, IL 60181
HUGE selection of printmaking materials and supplies.
Julio Rodriguez writes...
Graphic Chemical and ink have been around since 1920.. I think they are the #1 supplier to printmakers around the world. The president of Graphic Chemical & supply is Dean Clark who seems to be the only supplier (except for the [Baren] MALL) to be involved with [Baren] day in & day out, answering our questions on the [Baren] forum...
510 East 13th Street,
New York, NY 10009
Source for dry pigment and pigment dispersions ideal for Japanese technique woodblock printing.
Art Guerra writes: "The best kept secret of artist paint manufacturing is the pigment concentrate, aka pigment dispersion. It is used by industrial paint manufacturers as an instant way of coloring paint bases. <...> Since 1984, Guerra Paint & Pigment has been committed to providing paint making materials of the highest quality that will create new and exciting possibilities, while providing technical help and general assistance in getting the most out of the materials."
York, North Yorkshire
United Kingdom YO23 7DA
This is a new site still under construction, but the company is 'real'!
Barry Rushton, founder of Hawthorn Printmakers writes (March, 2007):
"Hawthorn is a small family owned and run business that we started two years ago. For the past 35 years I have worked in the ink industry as an employee.3 years ago I was approached by a local University that wanted an etching ink that students could wipe with ease and that had little waste ( ie no skin) The useage was small so it was not considered viable by the company that i worked at . So i thought that I'd have a go at making what they wanted yet were unable to get from other sources. After they had passed some to other Universities and printmakers i was getting requests from all over. Like so many businesses we were on our way almost by accident.
"All the inks are made by ourselves to our own formulea and are different than what I have seen supplied elsewhere, most of our inks will not skin in the tin for many years yet are made to dry when they are printed. With every order for ink we get requests for other products such as rollers and chemicals,so we have started to supply some these as well but our first product will always be inks.
"I must admit since starting Hawthorn I've enjoyed every minute of it.
Meeting artists and talking to them about what they are trying to acheive and finding that you can help with the inks has given me a great deal of satisfaction.
"Our intention is to supply quality products that answer the needs of all Printmakers whether they be Professional or amateur, and to enjoy ourselves whilst doing it. Which means that we have to really look after all our customers and have a proper returns policy as well."
1333 San Pablo Avenue
Berkeley, CA 94702
Featuring exceptional tools from Japan, Hida Tool is your source for woodworking tools and kitchen knives that continue the metalworking traditions of the samurai sword makers, plus a wide variety of Garden tools.Jean Eger writes...
They have a very nice selection of Japanese woodcutting tools all the way from small woodblock tools to large saws. They are a source for King water stones.
2525 Michigan Avenue, #G-9
Santa Monica, CA 90404
Hiromi Paper International, Inc's inventory includes papers from papermills throughout Japan. They have a very close working relationship with many papermakers and are in the unique position to offer custom made papers suitable for your individual project needs.
Hiromi Katayama, President,Barbara Mason writes...
Hiromi paper has a lot of technical information about washi so be sure to
click on this information. It is available in pdf format to download, 8
4919 Windplay Drive, Suite 7
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
phone: 800-233-2630 (west coast) 800-328-1847 (east coast)
fax. 916-933-4717 (west coast) 509-463-4413 (east coast)
email: firstname.lastname@example.org (west coast) email@example.com (east coast)
Crystal Clear Plastic Bags and Envelopes are 100% acid and lignin free.
Protect Your Artwork easy as one two three... Slip your artwork and backing (they sell backers too!) into the bag, peel, and seal. Their Crystal Clear Bags are museum quality, 100% acid & lignin free to protect your artwork from damage.
Intaglio Printmaker supplies an unparalleled range of printmaking materials sourced worldwide and we continue to research and provide new products in this ever-expanding market. We offer a reliable mail order service to artists, studios and colleges and also welcome customers to our central London shop to receive expert advice from our experienced staff and to sample and test products at first hand.
Mark Mason writes:
"They're a good UK supplier of Japanese Paper, brushes, knives and gouges, woodblocks and a few other odds and ends like pre-mixed rice paste. We have very few UK stockists of Woodblock supplies. They stock Magnolia blocks and 5mm ply, and they've just started to stock Birch ply in a range of sizes. The prices look OK too, as the largest woodblock costs around £10 and could be cut up into smaller blocks. They've expanded their range of Japanese paper. They are a really nice company, and very friendly. I have ordered things from them in the past including a very nice left-handed Hangito (from the same makers as are available from top class Baren Mall) and a pad of Hosho."
887 Queen Street West
Toronto, Ontario M6J 1G5
Opened in 1982, The Toronto, Canada based Japanese Paper Place (Nancy Jacobi, owner and founder) offers a very large selection of fine Japanese papers, particularly handmade papers.
Each year, Nancy travels to the various paper making villages in Japan to document the process and changes in the industry. As a result, they deliver an up-to-date supply of the highest quality papers in the world.
1731 Clement Avenue
Alameda, CA 94501
A wide variety of hand made Japanese tools for woodblock and carpentry.
Their catalog is loaded with tools from a variety of small Japanese craftsmen skilled in producing these tools.
Their resource center has sharpening instructions, links, and other information.
P.O. Box 1780
Ogdensburg, NY 13669-6780
phone: 800-871-8158 613-596-0350
fax: 800-513-7885 613-596-6030
Lee Valley Tools Ltd.
P.O. Box 6295, Station J
Ottawa, ON K2A 1T4
phone: 800-267-8767 (Canada)
Lee Valley Tools has been meeting the needs of serious woodworkers and gardeners for over 20 years as one of the leading mail-order and retail suppliers of woodworking tools, gardening tools, and cabinet hardware.
Veritas® Tools (their research, development and manufacturing division) continues to be one of the most innovative hand-tool design firms in the world, producing unique and high-quality products.
Lee Valley carries a wonderful assortment of carving tools. The catalog itself is a pleasure to flip through, as one will likely stumble upon at least one very useful tool.
P.O. Box 787
Brea, CA 92822-0787
Established in 1969, Light Impressions offers a variety of archival storage, display and presentation materials for negatives, transparencies, CDs, photographs, artwork and documents.
15685 SW 116th Avenue PMB 202
King City, Oregon 97224-2695
Everything for the traditional Japanese woodblock printmaker.
Phil Bivins writes...
I have ordered most of my supplies, including carving tools, barens, paper and shina from these folks. They seems to have everything one would need to get started. They are also very helpful and genuine people.
62 Third Avenue @ 11th Street
New York City, NY 10003
Begun by Ben Steinberg in 1905 and carried on by Ben's grandson Steve. Supplier of art materials to professional artists. They say they have an innovative approach, an extensive inventory, and an art savvy sales staff.
166 Doyle Ave.,
Providence, RI 02906-1645
Paper Connection International imports and distributes fine art paper. As experienced experts in the specialty paper industry, PCI staff provides the knowledge and the technical assistance for a wide-range of papers and their uses.
Sharen Linder writes...
PaperConnection International deals in handmade Japanese papers, 'exclusive importers of the Tosa Washi handmade papers from Japan's Kochi Prefecture Paper Co-op Union, makers of hundreds of different styles, colors, and materials of beautifully crafted paper'. I have been using some of her papers lately and really like them. She has usuyou gampshi - a breath of tissue in lovely colors that is marvelous in chine colle.
[Update: April, 2012. "As you probably know, Aiko's closed its doors in 2008. We graciously were passed the baton if you will, and are now the exclusive supplier of Aiko's papers, including well known printmaking papers. We cater to Aiko's customers with the greatest concern, as we understand their dedication to the store, and its wonderful line of papers."]
The Cane Farm
P.O. Box 130
Rosemont NJ 08556
Rembrandt has specialized in printmaking supplies and equipment for more than 50 years.
69 Steamwhistle Drive
Ivyland PA 18974
Renaissance Graphic Arts is a full service supplier of tools and products for the printmaking industry.
They reportedly offer very reasonable paper prices, a wide assortment of inks, and block printing and carving supplies. Orders are shipped remarkably quickly.
Takach Paper is dedicated to providing printmakers with the largest selection of papers from around the world. As printmakers, they are knowledgeable about every paper they carry and will gladly answer questions and offer recommendations base on their years of printmaking experience.
20 West 20th Street, fifth floor
New York City, NY 10011
Supplier of conservation, preservation, & restoration supplies since 1962 including:
Adhesives • Archival Storage • Boards & Blotters • Chemicals And Deacidification • Cleaners & Polishers • Environmental Controls, Instruments & Measures • Fabrics & Textiles • Fasteners & Hardware • Films & Non-Wovens • Gilding & Finishing Materials • Leathers, Vellums & Parchments • Mat Boards & Frames • Papers & Tissues • Pigments, Paints, Dyes & Inks • Safety & Laboratory Supplies • Tools & Brushes • Sample Books
PO Box 413
Brookston, IN 47923
Handmade Paper & Papermaking Supplies.
Established in 1971 by Kathryn and Howard Clark, Twinrocker is basically a "Mom and Pop" business that has really grown to international recognition. They were one of the first to re-introduce handmade paper in the USA.
Their products are reported to be very beautifully made.
P.O. Box 1686
Parkersburg, WV 26102-1686
phone: 800-225-1153 304-422-5412
f ax: 304-422-5417
Woodcraft Supply Corp, founded in 1928, is one of the nation's oldest and largest suppliers of quality woodworking tools and accessories.
Woodcraft has over 60 retail stores in the USA and offers a wonderful array of carving tools and sharpening stones. The products are largely aimed at the woodworking craftsman and hobbyist, but one is sure to find many tools useful for woodblock printmaking. One may also order specialty woods and instruction books.