Today's postings

  1. [Baren 37638] snow (Barbara Mason)
  2. [Baren 37639] Teaching assignment (Graham Scholes)
  3. [Baren 37640] Re: Teaching assignment ("Terry Peart")
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Message 1
From: Barbara Mason
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 16:16:25 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37638] snow
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The Baren has been pretty quiet lately and I assume it is because of the season. We are all working
overtime to try to keep even with the board. What a crazy time of year.
I am off to Seattle, 150 miles away to teach my first unassisted workshop. Although I have had ongoing
classes here in Portland in the past, this will be my two day whirlwind seminar.
Do you honestly think I can teach moku hanga in two days? Me either, but at least students will get a
feel for it and decide if they want to continue.

The fun part is snow is forecast so I have now corralled my husband into going along to drive. As a
Saskatchewan native he is a great driver in snow while I do the screaming on the passenger side.

I am taking all my stuff for teaching, three boxes of it and McClains who is also sponsoring the class
is sending a total of 7 boxes. Good thing I have a van. We will be using the "outside kento" registration
boards so I will report back on how they work in a group. I like them myself and think they will be in
McClains next catalog. Because this class is for the Drachen Foundation, where kite making is king, we
are printing on the thinnest paper imaginable. It is unsized so I am thinking of printing with it dry or
only slightly misted. A Challenge of course.

I will report later on how it goes. I am taking my blocks for #39 which are half carved and solid basswood.
I ended up using this solid wood when I did a demo for Rockler, a wood tool store. They only have flex tools
and I do like them but not as well as the tools from Japan. What I like is how they fit in your hand. Solid wood
is such a joy to carve.
Stay warm and pray for rain instead of snow.
My best to all
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Message 2
From: Graham Scholes
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 17:05:51 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37639] Teaching assignment
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Way to go Barbara.... There is no better way to learn and understand
the sport of Moku Hanga than to teach it.
I am sure you will enjoy and the attendeeeees will benefit even if it
is a couple of days... If it were a two week course there is so much
to learn, students have to keep at it with lots of practice... Those
lessons I put together have been helpful. Even now after 15 years I
find out something that can be experienced.... and I know with me that
is why I keep chipping away at the sport.
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Message 3
From: "Terry Peart"
Date: Thu, 11 Dec 2008 21:53:56 GMT
Subject: [Baren 37640] Re: Teaching assignment
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Barbara and all,
I am one of the lucky ones that signed up for Barbara's class. I couldn't
not take it, it's at a community center just a few miles from my home.
Ain't no lousy snow storm gonna stop me from being there!
I'm so looking forward to it.
West Seattle