Share certificate progress ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 23, 2018 [Permalink]

I finally found a few minutes this evening to do some test printing on the Share Certificate for the Patreon backers.

This is not a trivial project to print - the finished sheet will have the basic background and lettering printed mechanically (either colour laser or ink-jet), but the highlight image in the centre will be produced with traditional carving and printing methods.

Choice of paper thus becomes a very important factor, and then the big question - which part is printed first?


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Grab bag ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 22, 2018 [Permalink]

Just a few random photos this evening ...

We were moving some stuff around this afternoon down in the construction zone on the 1st floor, and came across this:

It's a ranma ... a structure of carved wood that must have been part of an old Japanese house at one time. Carvings like this were commonly installed in the area above a pair of sliding doors between two rooms, and this one must have made its way to an auction site after being removed during demolition.

Why is it here?


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New (old) books!

Posted by Dave Bull on May 18, 2018 [Permalink]

That recent YouTube video - the one about the old novels - really has piqued a lot of interest among our fans and followers, and any number of people have written asking where they can get some of those books.

We only had a few in stock, but I made a quick call to our friend and business partner Ueda-san, and he got to work right away ...


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Upcoming video ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 16, 2018 [Permalink]

Even though the previous video is only a few days old ... I'm already busy with the next one - that gap of over a month was just too long!

When I was thinking about what to feature in this next one, I thought over many of the comments we have been receiving, and there is a repeated pattern - everybody wants to hear more videos like the one I did about old Ito-san the carver. Now I have to mention right up front that I can't simply 're-create' that video ... the experience I had with him was quite unique, including the follow-up after he passed away, so if you want more exactly like that, well I can't really do it ...

But having said that, there are a huge number of episodes accumulated during the years that I have been playing with Japanese woodblock prints that might be worthy of similar treatment in a video ... When I say 'similar treatment' I mean that I should forget about making a prepared script, just gather together a few items to help me remember the flow of events, get the camera ready, hit the 'record' switch, and tell the story ...

So that's the plan. What will the story be about? Well, there is of course no point in going through the whole thing here, but I can at least show you a few of those 'props' ...


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Share in the fun ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 12, 2018 [Permalink]

At the one year mark of the Patreon campaign ...

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David's Choice #6 video is ready ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 10, 2018 [Permalink]

A new video is up on YouTube

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Video production ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 8, 2018 [Permalink]

Work on the next David's Choice video has begun ...

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Video interview

Posted by Dave Bull on May 6, 2018 [Permalink]

A video interview from a few years back ...

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First Paid Advertising in Mokuhankan History

Posted by Cameron Hilker on May 3, 2018 [Permalink]

Asakusa Station on the Ginza Line near us has installed an enormous touch screen monitor with a map and detailed information and photos from 30 different shops in the area, and we are one of the 30!

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Podcast Guesting ...

Posted by Dave Bull on May 1, 2018 [Permalink]

I was asked a few weeks back to give a short interview for a podcast episode, and learned this morning that it is now 'on air'.

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Some new Cherry Wood!

Posted by Dave Bull on April 28, 2018 [Permalink]

Some photos and news about new cherry wood!

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First Floor Shop Progress Update

Posted by Cameron Hilker on April 23, 2018 [Permalink]

Construction continues moving forward, and we now have a new attention-grabbing poster outside the front of our shop.

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'Aki no Miyajima' is back in stock!

Posted by Dave Bull on April 15, 2018 [Permalink]

We have just completed the printing of another edition taken from the old Doi Hanga blocks that we are holding here.

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Construction is Moving Forward

Posted by Cameron Hilker on April 11, 2018 [Permalink]

We have made some major progress with preparation for the move into the first floor. Over the last two days we renovated the sign!

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