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Two Years in the planning ...

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 9:32 PM, November 26, 2014

… and that 'two years' is no exaggeration. Jed and I have been thinking about a certain project for over two years now, right from the time of our first Kickstarter together.

He is a crazy sketcher, and I am a crazy woodblock carver. So it is a no-brainer that we should create a book of sketches, you know … a 'Henry Manga', along the lines of the well-known Hokusai Manga from years gone by.

But we haven't been able to figure out how to actually put such a thing onto the market. To make such a book would take at least a year …


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Who am I?

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 8:47 PM, July 23, 2014

Here's an entire blog post with no images ... can you stand it?

Let's have a break from posts about the upcoming new shop, and deal with an issue that I have been postponing for a long time, but which I can't put off for much longer ... the question of 'identity'. Who am I? (publicly, that is)

A quick recap of the background, for those who aren't familiar with it:


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Grab Bag ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 12:05 AM, July 14, 2014

Here's a random catch-up on a few of the activities on (and around) my desk this past week or so ...

You might remember that I mentioned a recent 'flood' of orders stemming from a video blogger chatting about the Portraits series a few weeks back ... Well, having a bunch of new orders is nice, but this is where the rubber hits the road ... one by one by one ...


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A 'spot' of trouble ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 5:11 PM, June 24, 2014

About six weeks back, I made a few posts in a row about Raining and Pouring, in which I mentioned that because of some recent wonderful publicity tossed our way in the gaming world, we have had a dramatic boost in subscribers to our Heroes Portraits series. To handle this, we need more printers, and I talked about how I had been given an introduction to a workshop down in Kyoto - a place that was highly recommended as being completely capable of handing our level of work.

I followed up on the introduction, made a quick Shinkansen trip to Kyoto for a day, and set things up with the workshop master. He is about my age, has been running the workshop for most of his life, and (I understand) inherited the thing from his father (and perhaps previous generations; I'm not sure about the exact history of the place.)

At the time I visited, his own workbench was bare, but three printers were busy beavering away on a variety of different prints; one was making some kind of buddhist image on commission from a temple (he told me), a young girl was making some kind of small tourist-type prints, and a young man was working on quite a large stack of Hiroshige ukiyoe prints. These guys seem to be covering a lot of bases!

I discussed my requirements with the master, showed my sample image, the blocks, and my stack of paper (enough for 150 copies of the design). He inspected it all carefully, we discussed details of the work, talked a bit about price and deadlines, etc. etc. and agreed that they would take on this job.

While I was sitting there, a phone call came in - it was from the carver back in Tokyo who did the introduction. He was a tad worried that I would not be able to properly explain my requirements, so was adding his voice to the mix. He explained to the workroom master just what kind of printing job I was expecting to have done - specifically mentioning that this was traditional 'ukiyo-e' type work, with rich smooth colour, printed with transparent pigments, fitted properly into strong outlines. (It was worth emphasizing this, because a lot of work done in the Kyoto tradition is different, utilizing opaque pigments gently applied on 'top' of thick hard paper.)

But the communication seemed to all go well, so I left the job there and returned to Tokyo. I guess you can perhaps guess why I am blogging about this today ...

Yes indeed. We received the package of 150 prints the other day, and they are all unusable. Here are a few images; first, the sample we gave him (printed by one of the ladies working here):


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Quarter century ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 6:16 PM, June 18, 2014

A forgotten anniversary!

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Downtime ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 6:56 AM, June 3, 2014

An experience we don't want every day!

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About that 2nd floor ...

Posted in Asakusa , General Interest by Dave Bull at 1:00 PM, May 25, 2014

Still no formal news about our Asakusa workshop plans ...

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Now on Facebook ...

Posted in General Interest by Dave Bull at 6:43 PM, May 22, 2014

Mokuhankan is (finally) on Facebook ...

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When it Rains, it Pours (III) ...

Posted in Asakusa , General Interest by Dave Bull at 7:34 PM, May 8, 2014

Some background information on our plans for the new building ...

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New Yoshida prints in the catalogue!

Posted in General Interest , Prints by Dave Bull at 2:26 AM, May 7, 2014

Two brand new editions of a traditional Yoshida design are now in our catalogue ...

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When it Rains, it Pours (II) ...

Posted in General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 3:15 AM, May 4, 2014

An update on some recent publicity ...

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When it Rains, it Pours (I) ...

Posted in Asakusa , General Interest , Jed Henry by Dave Bull at 12:40 AM, May 4, 2014

Things here are really cooking this past couple of weeks!

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