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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 ...

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 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.

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 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. At the moment that I sit here and write this, I can't see a way clear, and whether or not we will find one is still an open question.

So let's get to it! Let's start with lesser issues ... the ones I know we can deal with.

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How are we doing? Part one ...

Posted in Asakusa , General Interest by Dave Bull at 12:05 PM, April 30, 2016

Time for a catchup. The past few months have been ‘extreme’ for us here at Mokuhankan, and I use that word as a noun, not an adjective. We’ve posted a bit now and then over on our Facebook page, but it’s difficult to talk more deeply about any given topic on that platform. Facebook is for the quick update, not for anything approaching ‘analysis’. So it’s time for me to try and bring our fans/community up-to-date with some very important things happening here.

I have so much to include that I’m going to break the content up into more than one post here on the Conversations blog, and I’ll divide it by ‘thumb direction’ :-) Let’s begin with the ‘Thumb Up’ side … the positive news. Tomorrow (or when I can), I’ll look at the other side. Just which will be longer I can’t say just yet … :~)

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Doi Hanga collaboration video - Part 4

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 11:51 PM, February 23, 2016

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

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Kamisuki proofing ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 3:37 PM, February 21, 2016

Proofing the new 'Mashup' print ...

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The Henry Manga comes to life!

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 11:34 PM, February 17, 2016

First photos of the new Henry Manga book ...

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Doi Hanga collaboration - Part 3

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 11:10 PM, February 10, 2016

Our next YouTube video ...

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Mashup?

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 9:10 PM, January 31, 2016

A very interesting new 'shin-hanga' development!

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Doi Hanga collaboration - Episode #2 video ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 1:06 PM, January 28, 2016

Next video is up ...

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Next YouTube is up!

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 12:09 AM, January 22, 2016

New video ...

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Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits - update video

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 4:37 PM, December 21, 2015

A video bringing an update on the upcoming Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits series ...

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