Remembering traditional woodblock carver Susumu Ito

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:08 PM, May 23, 2016 [Permalink]


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Print Party video!

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:29 PM, May 6, 2016 [Permalink]

A travel guide company here in Tokyo recently came over and made a short little video showing one of our Print Parties ...

楽しかった!


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The Wood Question ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:34 AM, May 4, 2016 [Permalink]

Lots of people offering assistance here ... there's not much our overseas friends can do about paper, but a few people have suggestions about the wood supply ...

Let me give a bit more background about our wood. Modern printmakers - trying to get different effects in their prints - can of course use 'any' wood, but for us, it would only be as an absolute last resort that we would use something else. Given that we are trying to make prints equivalent to what was produced in the Meiji-era, the 'best' approach is to try and use tools/materials that are as close as possible to the original materials.

From our point of view here, there are a few things about the wood that are absolutely critical:


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How are we doing? Part three ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 5:13 PM, April 30, 2016 [Permalink]

OK, here we go with the next instalment of our update, and as I mentioned in the previous post, we are encountering some major problems with our materials.

Let's start with the easy one - woodblocks. The background is simple to lay out for you: up until late 1998, I (and all the other carvers in town) were using cherry blocks prepared for us by Shimano Shintaro, who was the last hangi shokunin (block craftsman) in town. Late that year he died unexpectedly of stomach cancer, much younger than anybody had expected, and we were all suddenly faced with a real crisis.

Within days of hearing that news I was on my way to the wholesale lumberyards in a search for some cherry wood. I knew that I wouldn't find any 'ready to use', but felt that I had to get started on finding some. (I wrote about this on this old web page years ago.) As it turned out, it wasn't necessary for me to use the planks I purchased that day, because Shigeru Matsumura (the man who runs 'Woodlike Matsumura') stepped up to the plate and began to sell blocks of a laminated construction pattern - cherry wood facing on a strong plywood core.


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How are we doing? Part two ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 1:16 PM, April 30, 2016 [Permalink]

Today's post is more difficult than yesterday's. We've got some problems here at Mokuhankan, and one of them in particular is pretty serious ...

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How are we doing? Part one ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 12:05 PM, April 30, 2016 [Permalink]

It’s time for me to try and bring our fans/community up-to-date with some very important things happening here.

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Doi Hanga collaboration video - Part 4

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:51 PM, February 23, 2016 [Permalink]

Video part 4 ... a print comes to life!

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Kamisuki proofing ...

Posted by Dave Bull at 3:37 PM, February 21, 2016 [Permalink]

Proofing the new 'Mashup' print ...

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Glimpse of the future?

Posted by Dave Bull at 8:57 PM, February 20, 2016 [Permalink]

An update on the 3rd floor renovations ...

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The Henry Manga comes to life!

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:34 PM, February 17, 2016 [Permalink]

First photos of the new Henry Manga book ...

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Doi Hanga collaboration - Part 3

Posted by Dave Bull at 11:10 PM, February 10, 2016 [Permalink]

Our next YouTube video ...

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Mashup?

Posted by Dave Bull at 9:10 PM, January 31, 2016 [Permalink]

A very interesting new 'shin-hanga' development!

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