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30 years!

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 9:19 AM, July 1, 2016

Today - July 1 - is an anniversary day for me ... it's been exactly 30 years since I arrived in Japan! Here's the stamp they put in my passport that day ... they gave me permission for a 90 day stay!

I had visited the country a few times before that, but the summer of 1986 was when the four of us (my then-wife and our two little girls) pulled up roots in Vancouver and took the plunge to start a new life here in Japan.

Here's a collection of the subsequent passport stamps I got over the next few years; you can see the term getting longer bit-by-bit as I became more established:


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Doi collaboration video - Part 7

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 9:02 PM, June 30, 2016


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Doi collaboration video - Part 6

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 8:58 PM, June 21, 2016


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Our first blocks!

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 1:04 PM, June 18, 2016

I posted a couple of weeks ago about hunting for cherry wood for making blocks, and that project has moved forward well recently. In fact, as I write this our young carver Kawasaki Noriko is using new 'Mokuhankan' woodblocks for the print she is working on this week - the September issue of this years Portraits subscription series.

Let's have an overview of how the colour separation process works for these prints ...

Kawasaki-san finished up the key block a few days ago, and I pulled a few test impressions; it's pretty black, so doesn't show well in a photo, sorry ...



And here's the special 'double layer' paper I use to make the colour transfer sheets - they are made from a layer of very thin gampi paper tacked to a backing sheet of stiffer paper:


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Doi collaboration video - Part 5

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 2:33 PM, June 8, 2016

The next YouTube video is ready ...

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Sizing machine - proof of concept?

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 9:14 PM, June 7, 2016

An attempt to help solve our paper problems ... we try to make a sizing machine!

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Love child of Bob Ross and Jim Henson ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 12:55 PM, May 29, 2016

Comments about video comments ...

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New woodblocks ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 10:38 AM, May 27, 2016

The wood block adventures continue ... and seem to be moving along well!

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Remembering traditional woodblock carver Susumu Ito

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 7:08 PM, May 23, 2016

The next video is ready ....

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The Wood Question ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 11:34 AM, May 4, 2016

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 ...

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How are we doing? Part three ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 5:13 PM, April 30, 2016

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.

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How are we doing? Part two ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 1:16 PM, April 30, 2016

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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