Table of Contents

This Contents page organizes the posts made to the 'Conversations' into their respective 'categories'. Within each category, newest posts are at the top, then descending in reverse chronological order. (The number - [1] - at the end of each item title is the number of comments left to date on that item ...)

Octopus and Diver Printing - part 4 [1]

The basic process of printing one colour ...

Octopus and Diver Printing - part 3 [4]

The printer's workspace ...

Octopus and Diver Printing - part 2 [0]

More preparation of the paper ...

Octopus and Diver Printing - part 1 [0]

The first in a series of 'safe for work' blog posts showing the process of printing Hokusai's Octopus and Diver image ...

More Mountain Cherry Wood [3]

Aoyama-san picks up new wood.

Welcome Back, Ayumi! [3]

Ayumi Ohashi is back and printing with us again!

New block set for Japan Journey #6 [0]

Japan Journey #6 ready for test printing

Aoyama-san Making Blocks for Carving [4]

Aoyama-san prepares woodblocks.

Carving progress ... [0]

The key block for Japan Journey print #4 is ready ...

Block-less Snow Technique [1]

Suga-san adds snow to the "Winter Ferry" design from the Mystique of the Japanese Print series.

Gold Flakes by Rei [0]

This week, our newest in-house printer Rei learned a new technique – how to add gold flakes to our Red Dragonfly print!

Share certificate printing [2]

Work continues on the Patreon Share Certificates ...

Share certificate progress ... [0]

Test printing for the upcoming Share Certificate issue ...

Some new Cherry Wood! [2]

Some photos and news about new cherry wood!

Upcoming Patreon Chibies - part 1 [1]

Showing the initial stages of work on the 2018 Patreon Chibi prints ...

Shiba-san sizing paper [0]

Shiba-san and Dave sized a batch of paper this morning ...

Embossing a new print [0]

We just received the latest batch of the newest Ukiyo-e Heroes print yesterday.

Kickstarter Print Progress [0]

Many of our Kickstarter backers have been waiting to hear about print shipments, and we had some good news for them today ...

New Cherry Lumber [0]

We finally found something we've been looking for!

But before I tell you about it, I want to introduce myself a little bit. My name is Cameron and I'e been here with Mokuhankan since ...

Owl Gift Print Test Print [0]

Teaser! I've just finished doing the trial printing of the Gift Print for this year. The print that we will be featuring this time is a design by Hiroshige, and ...

Chibi Prints Blockset [0]

The block set for the upcoming Patreon Chibi prints is finally done!

Patreon Chibi Key Block [0]

The key block that you saw me carving in the video we released a couple of days ago - for the 'Patreon Chibi' design - is now finished

36 Views of Sizing [0]

It has been a very busy season for visitors at Mokuhankan, and among the recent guests was long-time collector of my work Jacques Commandeur, from The Netherlands

Miyajima Print Progress [0]

I have good news and bad news today ...

Paper Breakthrough? [8]

We may have the answer to our paper problems!

Our first blocks! [4]

... preparing our first self-made woodblocks ...

Sizing machine - proof of concept? [15]

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

New woodblocks ... [6]

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

The Wood Question ... [7]

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 ...

Kamisuki proofing ... [0]

Proofing the new 'Mashup' print ...

Progressing ... [4]

A quick peek into our printers' room ...

Work begins on 'The Great Wave' [2]

Work on the Great Wave print has begun ...

Flight of Fantasy - key block progress [0]

The next Heroes print is underway ...

Out of order ... [4]

The colour separations for 'The Lunatic' are done ...

Trouble Afoot ... more about colour separations [0]

Colour block carving continues ...

Trouble Afoot ... colour separations [3]

The colour blocks for the Trouble Afoot design are now under way ...

Trouble Afoot ... three key blocks done [0]

Carving of 'Trouble Afoot' is coming along well ...

Trouble Afoot ... key block [2]

The first block for the Trouble Afoot print is ready.

Key block done! [0]

Major stage in carving this print is done ...

The Soul Eater - process slideshow [4]

A slideshow of the 'Soul Eater' print

Infestation key block is nearly done [3]

Infestation key block carving continues ...

Infestation - carving is under way [5]

Carving on Jed Henry's 'Infestation' print gets under way ...

The Hero Rests - process slideshow [1]

A slideshow illustrating the build up of colours on this print

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - colour carving nearly done [0]

Colour block carving on the Fox Moon design ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - colour carving begins [0]

Colour block carving on Fox Moon begins ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - cloud block done ... [0]

'Second' key block for Fox Moon is now finished

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon key block progress [3]

Progress on the Fox Moon design ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon carving [0]

First day of carving on the Fox Moon design ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Work begins on Fox Moon [3]

Work on the Fox Moon print is under way

Ukiyoe Heroes - Printing gets underway [0]

Real printing work on the Rickshaw Cart design gets under way ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - slideshows [13]

A slideshow of the printing process is ready ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - more images and videos [2]

Closeups of the first proofs are now ready ...

Colour separations [2]

Colour separation plan for the plumber print ...

Plumber progress [2]

The key block for Jed's first design is done ...

The Philosopher is under way! [5]

Miyashita-san get her first 'edition' under way ...

Yoshida sailing ship - proof batch done ... [2]

Next stage in Tsushima-san's proofing...

Yoshida sailing ship - more test printing [3]

More proofing on the Yoshida sailing ship

Yoshida sailing ship - test printing begins [4]

Tsushima-san begins work on the Yoshida print ...

Hokkei Dragon (5) - Poem carving done ... [0]

the carving of the poem on this print is now complete!

Aspen Grove (11) - Embossing the title [5]

Numabe-san returned the stack of prints to me the late last week ...

Aspen Grove (10) - Proofing [1]

Here's a shot of his most recent proof, on the table beside Mike's original print:

Aspen Grove (9) - 4th Set of Blocks arrive! [7]

The package with the new set of blocks arrived from Mike today!

Hokkei Dragon (4) - Carving ... [0]

The carving has been coming along, very slowly bit by bit, sandwiched between work on the scroll and the colouring books ...

Aspen Grove (8) - Mike's Process ... [1]

After the previous set of blocks turned out to be unprintable, we decided to put them aside and cut another set

Progress Updates ... [17]

... a zillion dragon scales!

Hilo Bay (14) - Embossments [4]

... get a few of these ready to ship!

Aspen Grove (7) - Numabe's Proofing [4]

Here it is on his proofing stand together with Mike's original ...

Hilo Bay (12) - Numabe's Proof (Updated) [6]

Numabe-san gets to work on the proofing ...

Aspen Grove (6) - In a blue study ... [3]

Time to sit down and feel a bit blue ...

Hokkei Dragon (3) - Tracing done ... [2]

How many blocks do you think it will take?

Aspen Grove (5) - Printing experiments ... [8]

This is one cool set of blocks!

Hokkei Dragon (2) - Poem tracing [0]

The poem on this print is going to be very difficult to reproduce ...

Hokkei Dragon (1) - Tracing [0]

This series of posts will track the 'construction' of this print, start to finish ...

Aspen Grove (4) - Next proof ... [0]

... here are photos of blocks and prints ...

Hilo Bay (11) - Third Proof [8]

Not sure if I should wait until daylight before taking a photo of this one ...

Aspen Grove [3] - Block Cutting [0]

I have a decent piece of hard maple 12 inches wide 3/4 inch thick ...

Hilo Bay [10] - Second Proof [10]

... we've got it this far now ...

Hilo Bay [9] - First Proof [3]

This is actually a lot closer than I expected to get on the first try.

Aspen Grove [2] - The Image [0]

In early March, Mike send a .jpg of the image he had in mind, and our discussions continued ...

Aspen Grove [1] - Genesis [0]

... in the interests of having the entire process documented ...

Hilo Bay [8] - block set [2]

The block set for the Hilo Bay print is now done

Hilo Bay [7] - carving ... [14]

So anyway, the puzzle is basically solved, and here they are, laid out on my carving bench, ready to go ...

Hilo Bay [6] - colour separations [0]

I got it worked out to where I think I can get it all on six pieces of wood

Hilo Bay [5] - more block planning [2]

With the basic colour separations done, the next step is to determine the actual layout of the blocks.

Hilo Bay [4] - block planning [14]

For such a simple image, there are going to be a lot of blocks ...

Hilo Bay [2] - Genesis cont... [0]

I've been pondering the block breakdown for Hilo Bay in off minutes ... I think I can basically see through how it could be done.

Hilo Bay [1] - Genesis [0]

Anyway, thinking about the idea of using your images in this Mokuhankan thing ... if I can get the thing rolling, would you be interested in doing it that way?

Visitors from space! [0]

Now that our Asakusa shop is open again, we are seeing a steady stream of visitors who have long been waiting to drop by!

Update on the building situation … [7]

It has been a few weeks since I made the long post here about the decisions facing me on our Asakusa building. But here on the six-month 'anniversary' of closing our shop, it's long past time for an update!

Party Panic ... [2]

We are reaching Peak Party!

A bit about the neighborhood [1]

Neighborhood observations from a visitor

Neighborhood Cleanup [1]

Street cleaning day, April 2019

Best of Japan! [1]

I just received my copies of the latest guidebooks from Lonely Planet, and was very pleased to find that they are still featuring us prominently!

Out in left field ... [1]

An unusual combination of guests in one of our Print Parties!

Armoured defense [1]

Building stronger defences against the invaders ...

The war begins ... [1]

As frequent viewers of our Twitch channel well know, we have been having rodent trouble here at Mokuhankan recently.

The new shutter is ready! [4]

It has taken way too long to get this organised, but we finally got our new shutter graphic image 'uploaded' today ...

Genre dividers ... at last! [0]

We now have Genre Dividers in the shop, to help people see what kind of prints we have ...

Large Flea Market Prints [0]

Dave continues to find beautiful prints for the Flea Market.

Ready to go ... 'after' [5]

The prints are now installed in the shop ... ready for tomorrow's Opening!

Ready to go ... 'before' [0]

Today was moving day for the Asakusa shop!

Construction Update June 28 2018 [0]

June is almost over, and our new shop is moving along very nicely!

First Paid Advertising in Mokuhankan History [0]

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!

First Floor Shop Progress Update [1]

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

Construction is Moving Forward [0]

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

Great Wave Redux! [6]

Work is under way on the next Print Party design ...

Construction Update [1]

We've been very lax in bringing updates on the 1st floor construction to our fans! But it can't be helped - the work itself is going very slowly.

Denpoin Gardens Spring 2018 [0]

For only a few weeks a year, Denpoin Gardens are open to the public... come take a look!

Asakusa Shop Announcement [0]

OK, here we go ... this will be the biggest announcement we've made since the one nearly four years ago when I told you that we would be opening a shop in Asakusa ...

SoraNews24 Visit [0]

We got a great write-up today from the people over at SoraNews24

Asakusa shop progress ... [1]

With the first half of the year now past (the calendar year is also our financial year), I am getting a measure on how we are doing.

Full House at Asakusa! [0]

Full House! All four of the printing stations in the Asakusa workroom (up on the 3rd floor of the shop) were busy yesterday

Lots of Print Parties! [0]

Party time! It's _crazy_ here this month! Over the past couple of years, our Print Parties have been gradually gaining in popularity ...

Glimpse of the future? [1]

An update on the 3rd floor renovations ...

Here we go again! [3]

Introduction to the 3rd floor ...

Asakusa shop data ... [1]

Sales data from the Asakusa shop ...

My new job ... [13]

Dave gets a moment of global fame ...

New print display panel ... [3]

A new display panel in the Asakusa shop ..

NHK program coming up [1]

We're featured on NHK in a program about Asakusa next week ...

Rogues Gallery! [3]

A new addition to the decoration in our Asakusa shop!

Harbinger? [2]

Update on publicity efforts ...

Reviews ... [1]

Our first online review ...

Another day, another party ... [0]

The busiest day so far in our little shop ...

Grand Tour ... (Part II ...) [8]

Part 2 of the Grand Tour of the new shop!

Grand Tour ... (Part I ...) [5]

Some photos of the new shop ...

Sign up! [4]

Our large 'baren' sign is finally raised!

Homestretch! [5]

We're approaching opening day ...

Getting close! [5]

Another construction update ...

Construction update ... [2]

Construction slowly moves along ...

Signing in ... [3]

Preparing our large canvas sign ...

Construction continues ... [2]

Another construction update ...

Construction progress ... [7]

A report on the construction progress ...

Construction begins ... [5]

Photos of the first two days of renovation work ...

Life of the Party! [1]

Feedback on the Print Party concept ...

Kickstarter is open! [4]

The Kickstarter campaign is now up and running!

Kickstarter campaign announcement ... [3]

Announcing the timing of the Kickstarter campaign

Video preparation ... [2]

Working on the Kickstarter video ...

The Big Day [6]

We are now leaseholders!

Big day tomorrow ... [1]

Getting ready for a big day tomorrow!

Sweating the details! [1]

Testing layouts for the new shop ...

Bird's Eye ... [1]

A photo of our new neighbourhood ...

We're In! [12]

The first photos of the inside of our new shop in Asakusa!

The original meaning of 'browsing' ... [7]

Some sketches of our plans for the shop layout ...

Wanna buy a new car? [18]

Samples of the proposed price tags for the new shop ...

First steps ... [1]

Dave's 'tool set' for organizing the construction of the new shop ...

About that 2nd floor ... [1]

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

'Aki no Miyajima' is back in stock! [0]

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

Owl Gift Print Page Open [0]

This year's Gift Print page is now open ... I showed you the image - the Hiroshige 'Owl in Moonlight' - a couple of weeks back, and we've been busily printing since then ...

Patreon Chibi Prints [2]

The Patreon Chibies are ready! - at least the initial printing batch is ...

'Arakawa' Print Almost Finished [0]

Ayumi-san's work on the Hasui 'Arakawa' design has been coming along very well, and she has now finished the basic printing on a batch of 40 sheets

New Doi Hanga Print [0]

We began testing another of the Doi Hanga block sets this week

Another New Doi Hanga Print [0]

New item in our catalogue today! Some of you may remember a test video I made a few months back, making a trial printing run of one of the old Doi Hanga Company block sets

Aki no Miyajima Print [2]

Ayumi-san's latest print - Aki no Miyajima - has now been checked, and given the all-clear for packaging and shipping!

A new Hasui print is almost ready ... [0]

We are adding a new Hasui reproduction to our catalogue today ...

Mashup? [9]

A very interesting new 'shin-hanga' development!

All the Print News that Fits ... [13]

A new 'print' series ...

New Yoshida prints in the catalogue! [2]

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

New Prints! [0]

Three more issues in the catalogue ...

More Partnering! [2]

More new prints for our catalogue!

More Catalogue Catchup! [0]

Another group of new prints heads into the catalogue ...

Catalogue Catchup! [0]

A whole new group of prints in the Mokuhankan catalogue!

Another Debut! [2]

Aymui-san's first two prints make it into the catalogue ...

Peony print ... progress ... [1]

The first batch of Peonies is ready ...

Added to the catalogue - 'Girl and Blossoms' [0]

This month's re-printing work is finally done!

Status update ... new items ... [0]

Update on new prints ...

Six new prints added to Mokuhankan! [0]

... with only 200 copies pulled so far, it would be a crime to let them sleep indefinetely.

Hilo Bay (13) - Done! [1]

Mokuhankan's first 'real' print ... as good as it gets!

Plum Blossoms in Moonlight [0]

This is a slightly 'clipped' reproduction of one of the pages from the book Favourite Flowers of Japan ...

Hokusai Turtles [1]

There isn't enough left of the 'original' to warrant describing it as a 'Hokusai' ...

The First Batch ... [1]

The first batch of prints has been received from Numabe-san the printer.

Crow on Shrine Gate [0]

This is an exact reproduction of one of the prints known as 'Akashi-ban' surimono.

Fabiola Gil Demonstrates Using Carbon Paper [3]

Fabiola Gil uses carbon paper to test her key block.

Atelier Sento guests! [1]

Heads up! Dave will be joined on the live stream on Monday morning (Tokyo time) by a couple of guests from France who are currently here in Japan working on design projects.

Ayumi Ohashi Visited [4]

Our printer Ayumi Ohashi came for a visit to Mokuhankan, despite being on maternity leave. It was great to see her!

Lots of Visitors! [0]

It's a busy spring afternoon here in Asakusa ... no chance to get any work done - too many fun visitors! ...

Two special visitors today ... [4]

Two enjoyable (mostly) visitors today!

Design for us! [2]

Announcing a new series of prints ... 'Eight Views of Cats'!

Embrace the Delight - double videos! [1]

It's been way too long, but finally the next process ...

Gampi Paper Now Available [2]

Gampi paper is now available.

More tool adventures ... [8]

More tool adventures begin ...

Knife set - laser engraving [4]

I mentioned in passing that I had been in contact with a Canadian living down in Nagasaki, and who owned a laser engraving setup ...

Knife set - first sample set is 'ready' ... [15]

It's time to bring a bit of an update on the progress of the tool project ...

Short update ... new staff (!), knife box question ... [2]

Mixed results from the four interviews over the past couple of days, but one report to make straight away, as the 'deal' was struck right there during our conversation; next Monday we'll be welcoming our newest member ...

Knife set - more testing of box designs - part 3 [4]

Working out the layout for the inner booklet and label ...

Knife set - more testing of box designs - part 2 [3]

Mark II of the storage boxes for the new tool set is ready for inspection ...

Knife set - more testing of box designs [5]

Work on the paulownia boxes for the knife set gets under way ...

Knife set - hangi-toh handles ... [4]

The first 'plump' prototype of the hangi-toh handle.

Knife set - first test production run of handles (part 3) [14]

The final segment of the photo set showing the handles being made ...

Knife set - first test production run of handles (part 2) [3]

Continuing the production run from yesterday's post ...

Knife set - first test production run of handles (part 1) [2]

The first production run of tool handles ...

Knife set - sourcing the cherrywood [2]

Solving our wood supply issues for the next hundred years!

Knife set - handle prototyping continues ... [6]

The next stages in getting these knives designed ...

Knife set - stringing along ... [2]

Working out a solution to how to tie our chisel handles ...

Knife set - handle prototyping [9]

Work on making some prototype tool handles gets under way ...

Knife set - next step [15]

I have made some sample storage boxes for the new tool set ... what do you think?

Knife update ... [9]

Excellent progress on the new knives/chisels ...

Another _Big_ Step! [5]

The young craftsman Sato-san, who did the work for the Senshafuda prints I published last year, has been spending quite a lot of his free time doing research on the content of the steel used to make the blades in our carving knives.

Brush preparation [3]

Back at the 'grind' after the winter break!

Just hanging around ... [2]

Tsushima-san built us a brush drying rack!

Got that Fever ... and that ain't good! [1]

A close look at the baren that Tsushima-san tied the other day.

The printing bench - details [3]

Some details of the new printing bench for Tsushima-san

Shipping update ... [5]

Tons of prints are leaving here today!

Update - April 2020 [0]

The April 2020 update from Mokuhankan ...

Of course! [0]

Major changes in the exchange rates ...

New Subscription Series! [0]

The YouTube video showing the new series for 2019 is now up!

March Loot print is online! [0]

The next Loot print is now online ...

Legendary Loot! gets under way tomorrow ... [2]

Our new subscription series for 2018 - Legendary Loot! - kicks off tomorrow morning, January 1st.

Last Yokai Prints [0]

Final Yokai pair! Over the past few weeks, the final pair of prints in the 2017 subscription series were shipped

Legendary Loot Series [4]

Video alert! This is _soooooo_ late - it's the announcement video for next year's subscription series!

November Yokai Prints [0]

End of the month, and time for another couple of subscription prints to go online

New Yokai Prints [0]

A 'Fireball Yokai' and 'Kyara-ben' ...

Yokai prints for September [0]

End of another month - so it's time to post two more Yokai Faceoff prints

Two More Yokai Prints [0]

Two more Yokai prints...

July Yokai Prints [0]

The July Yokai Faceoff prints are now up on the website!

June Yokai Prints [0]

This is late! At the end of June I was supposed to upload the next pair of Yokai Faceoff prints from that month! Well, here they are

May Yokai Prints [0]

Another month has gone by, so it's time to put up the next pair of Yokai Face-off prints - the ones that were sent to subscribers in May!

April Yokai Prints [0]

It's the end of another month, so time to put up the pair of Yokai Face-off prints that were sent to subscribers in April!

March Yokai Prints [0]

It's April (here in Japan), and with the March subscription prints safely in the hands of the subscribers, I can show them online.

Two Years in the planning ... [2]

We're ready to announce our new subscription series for 2015!

Portraits #3 ships ... [3]

Print #3 wraps up!

Chibi Heroes update ... new case! [0]

The new Chibi Heroes storage case is finally ready!

Portraits series cases arrive! [2]

We finally have some cases available for our Portraits print series ...

Next Portraits print gets under way [1]

Portraits #4 gets under way ...

Portraits Launched! [1]

The Portraits series is now up and running ...

Portraits milestone ... [3]

Running the numbers on the Portraits series ...

Entry of the Demon King! [0]

The next Portraits print is under way ...

Ukiyoe Heroes Signing bonus ... [0]

A Signup Bonus is available for our new Portraits series!

Chibies done ... Portraits to start ... [2]

Announcing the new Portraits series.

Journey's End... [2]

A close look at the new Chibi Heroes prototype box.

Chibi work ... [1]

Work on the current Chibi Hero pair ...

Next two chibies ... [0]

The next two Chibies are ready ...

Big news! Chibi Subscriptions! Woot! [4]

The new Chibi Heroes series is ready to go!

Chibi Heroes - next pair under way! [4]

Work on the next pair of Chibi Heroes gets under way!

New Ukiyo-e Hero Coming Along Nicely [0]

Over the weekend, Suga-san made progress on a batch of test prints, so we snapped some pictures of a rare combination of people: the publisher, carver, and printer all together!

Ukiyo-e Heroes Book - Part 1 [0]

Video alert! Part 1 in what will (probably) be a quick two-part series showing the production of the bound Ukiyo-e Heroes books

Documentary now on Delta Airlines! [0]

Delta's in-flight entertainment features a documentary on Mokuhankan ...

Ukiyo-e Heroes 2017 Kickstarter - wrapping up [0]

There are still three days left in the 2017 Ukiyo-e Heroes Kickstarter campaign ...

Documentary now on Delta Airlines [0]

The movie about our work - The Art of the Game - is currently playing in the seat-back entertainment system on Delta flights.

2017 Kickstarter Introduction Video [0]

Jed-san and I have opened the Kickstarter campaign, and have put the intro video also onto YouTube.

New Kickstarter Campaign Teaser [0]

OK, time to pull the trigger! Jed and I have been very busy for the past few months working over a hot stove cooking something up for our fans and collectors

Documentary Screening at San Diego Comic-con [0]

Anybody headed for the Comic-con in San Diego next weekend?

Ukiyo-e Heroes News [0]

Ukiyoe Heroes news today! Or actually ... as I should be phrasing that from now on ... Ukiyoe Heroes - Classics news today!

'The Serpent Strikes' Key Block [0]

Big news today! Fans have been waiting for this for _years_!

Back from Film Premiere [0]

Back from Toronto - and the preview of the film! It was really bizarre, sitting in the audience and seeing and hearing myself up there on that gigantic screen

In Toronto for Ukiyoe Heroes Doc Screening [0]

I'm here in Toronto for the showing of the Ukiyoe Heroes documentary, to find that I've got a pretty full schedule of interviews and meetings lined up for me

On my way to Toronto! [0]

Our documentary will have its World Premiere tomorrow at the HotDocs Film Festival!

Ukiyoe Heroes Film Review [0]

"Ukiyo-e Heroes is a beautiful film about art, mastery, and dedication ..."

Ukiyoe Heroes Documentary Film being shown in Toronto! [0]

Heads up for Ontario and Upper NY State fans! It has been confirmed that Dave will be in Toronto in early May for the premiere of the Ukiyoe Heroes Documentary film!

Documentary film featuring Ukiyoe Heroes [0]

Have you heard about the new documentary film featuring Ukiyoe Heroes??

The Henry Manga comes to life! [2]

First photos of the new Henry Manga book ...

Ukiyoe Heroes Portraits - update video [0]

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

In Good Company ... [3]

An interesting exhibition chance!

Blue Storm progress ... [1]

An update on the most recent Ukiyoe Heroes print

Portraits progress ... [1]

The key block for the Portraits #8 print is ready ...

Flight of Fantasy progress ... [2]

Progress on the Flight of Fantasy print ...

Webcast with Jed ... recorded version [1]

Webcast recorded version ...

Live Webcast! [2]

Jed & Dave - Live Webcast in Tokyo!

It's over ... let's get started! [1]

Carving of the next Ukiyoe Heroes print gets under way ...

Five by Five! [0]

The 'I Choose You' prints are done!

Major update to 'Heroes' website [5]

We have a nice new set of pages for the Heroes prints - from smartphone to giant desktop monitor ...

Certain Victory! [0]

Masaru-kun is beginning to ship!

Roadmap ... [3]

Announcement of the upcoming designs in the Ukiyoe Heroes series ...

Next Heroes print is well under way ... [0]

The key block for the 'I Choose You' print is ready

Next 'Ukiyoe Heroes' print is under way [4]

The Yokai Dracul print has begun ...

Infestation ships [0]

Final work on the Infestation print ...

Infestation - block set [0]

The blocks for the next Ukiyoe Heroes print are ready!

Trouble Afoot [4]

The Trouble Afoot design ...

The Hero Rests [0]

Block set for 'The Hero Rests' is ready ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon first batch is here! [5]

Fox Moon production is ramping up ...

Rickshaw Cart is shipping! [0]

Shipping of the Rickshaw Cart woodblocks gets under way!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Dave's 'Thank you!' video ... [6]

Dave's 'Thank You' message to the backers ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Stunned silence ... [6]

The Kickstarter campaign has wrapped up ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Shipping! [8]

The first batch of Rickshaw Cart prints is ready!

Ukiyoe Heroes : a major milestone [3]

We reach a major milestone in the funding for the project ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : production ... [3]

Production of the Ukiyoe Heroes prints has finally begun!

Ukiyoe Heroes : latest chart ... [1]

The latest chart of Kickstarter progress ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Day Four [7]

Update on the Kickstarter campaign progress.

Ukiyoe Heroes - Kickstarter is now open [6]

The Ukiyoe Heroes Kickstarter page is now open ...

Hail Mary Update ... [2]

The Ukiyoe Heroes Kickstarter will open soon ...

2nd Webcast with Jed Henry [0]

Another webcast with Jed Henry ...

Webcast 'Heads up' ... [0]

Next webcast is scheduled ...

Webcast with Jed Henry [1]

The first webcast with Jed Henry

Hokusai Reborn - Episode Two [0]

Next YouTube video has just been uploaded - it's the second episode in what will be an extended series discussing the Hokusai Reborn series ...

Year-end Update Video [2]

Our newest YouTube video has just been uploaded - it's ...

Next year's series ... [0]

The latest YouTube video has just been uploaded - an ...

New Carving Video! [0]

It's been quite a while coming ... but our newest ...

Year-end update video is ready [2]

Our annual update video is ready, also containing the announcement ...

A new Great Wave video! [0]

Episode 17 of the endless series is ready ... how are the blocks holding up?

New Video - Printer's Workspace [0]

The next video in our 'tutorial' series is ready! Meet Suga-san, sitting in her 'cockpit'!

YouTube persistence ... [1]

Over the next few days after uploading a new video, I usually watch the background stats that YouTube provides ...

Printing POV video ... [0]

A very special YouTube presentation this time! We bring you a POV (Point of View) video - you can watch along, and see exactly what Dave sees as a new print comes to life ...

New video ... new series! [1]

Kicking off a brand new YouTube series, this video was prepared in its entirety by the Mokuhankan staff members ...

Time for a 'different' video ... [0]

It has only been a week or so since the previous video upload, but this one is something completely different, so there is no overlap. There is totally no printmaking content ... the video title says it all ...

New David's Choice video! [0]

Our newest YouTube video has just been uploaded. This one is an in-depth look at the Mokuhankan Collection ... our treasure trove of beautiful Japanese prints!

Year-end update video ... [3]

It's mid-December, so time for the Mokuhankan update video ...

Video supplement ... [0]

Supplementary video on the Tōkaidō prints ...

New video! [0]

Let’s take a trip down the Tōkaidō!

A Major Milestone Approaches [0]

Almost 'silver' time!

Seditious Beauty [0]

New video this evening!

The video is ready! [1]

The 'Remembering a Carver - the Sequel' video is ready ...

Video in preparation - our first 'sequel'! [6]

A strange juxtaposition ...

Year-end update video! [1]

Video alert! I’ve cut it pretty close this time, but I did get this announcement of the 2020 subscription series published before the end of 2019 … just! :-)

Eight Views of Cats - Update #1 [1]

Video alert! Update time … I’ve finally got the first update on the Eight Views of Cats project ready for you, including a selection of interesting designs received so far!

New video ... and new font! [5]

The next David's Choice video is ready ...

Easter Eggs! [0]

Video alert! You didn’t expect this one so soon, I’m sure ... We have something ‘a little bit different’ for you today - a short little video that will show you how to discover some hidden Easter Eggs in our Ukiyo-e Heroes Portraits prints!

David's Choice - Episode #9 video is ready! [0]

The next in our David’s Choice video series has just ...

Supplementary video ... [0]

Yet another video upload ... It's getting to be a habit!

David's Choice #8 video is now on YouTube! [0]

The next in our David’s Choice video series has just been uploaded to YouTube.

David's Choice #7 is now on YouTube [0]

The next in the David’s Choice series has just been uploaded to YouTube!

'Times Burned Bright' video is ready! [0]

The next video showing how our prints are made has just been uploaded to YouTube.

Clock is ticking ... [1]

Our video views have reached a nice round milestone!

Part two of the 'Beginnings' video is done! [3]

Just a couple of weeks after Part One, the next part of the 'Beginnings' video is ready!

YouTube comments ... [2]

Recent YouTube comments ...

New 'ramble' video! [2]

A new video is up on YouTube ...

Video preparation ... [4]

The next YouTube video is almost ready ... here's a background view of the production process!

Print Party video! [0]

A special new video has just gone up to our YouTube channel … and it’s a good one … Print Party + Festival!

Upcoming video ... [2]

The next video ... another 'ramble' ... is on the way ...

David's Choice #6 video is ready ... [0]

A new video is up on YouTube

Video production ... [1]

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

Video interview [2]

A video interview from a few years back ...

William Francis Visits Mokuhankan [0]

William Francis joins our printers in the printing room, getting some advice from David Bull and other staff as he gets to work printing ...

Woodblock Print - start to finish [1]

Video update! Get your popcorn ready - this is an epic!

Special Live Stream coming up tomorrow ... [0]

The Twitch stream for this upcoming Monday morning will be a bit of an experiment ...

The Great Wave - Part 16 [0]

New video! And it's a bit of a Blast from the Past - episode 16 in the Great Wave series!

David's Choice - #5 [0]

Video alert! The next video in the David's Choice series is (finally!) ready ...

Twitch Stream Highlights [0]

A highlight reel clipped from recent Twitch streams.

Ito Susumu Video Passes Half a Million Views! [0]

Milestone! For the first time, one of our videos has passed a half-million views!

Yokai Printing - Introducing Suga-san [0]

Video alert! Another process video is online...

Making some Chibi Prints - Part One [0]

New video! And it's 'real' work, not just talk!

Making some Chibi Prints - Part Two [0]

Part Two of the series showing the production stages of the Patreon Chibies ...

Making some Chibi Prints - Part Three [0]

Video alert! Part Three of the series showing the production of the Patreon Chibi prints is now done, and up on YouTube.

David's Choice - Episode #4 [1]

The next YouTube video ... 'Favourite Flowers of Japan'

David's Choice - Episode #4 Supplement [0]

It became clear last night that I should have included more images of the book that I featured in the new video I posted to YouTube yesterday - the "Favourite Flowers of Japan"

Ito Susumu Video Passes 100,000 Views! [0]

We reached an astonishing milestone a few days ago (astonishing for me, anyway). A video that I uploaded last summer

David's Choice video - episode #3 [2]

The next David's Choice video ...

David's Choice video - episode #2 [0]

Next David's Choice video is ready ...

David's Choice comes to video ... [3]

David's Choice comes to video format!

Doi collaboration video - Part 9 [1]

The video of printing Lake Kawaguchi is now ready ...

Message to Studio Ghibli [5]

Hoping this video can be seen by the people at Ghibli who have say on licenses ...

Doi collaboration video - Part 8 [1]

The next Doi Hanga video is ready ...

Doi collaboration video - Part 7 [1]

The Matsushima print is ready!

Doi collaboration video - Part 6 [4]

Next video showing the printing progress on Matsushima is ready!

Doi collaboration video - Part 5 [2]

The next YouTube video is ready ...

Love child of Bob Ross and Jim Henson ... [3]

Comments about video comments ...

Print Party video! [0]

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

Doi Hanga collaboration video - Part 4 [3]

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

Doi Hanga collaboration - Part 3 [0]

Our next YouTube video ...

Next YouTube is up! [3]

New video ...

Great Wave video ... part fourteen [0]

The next Great Wave video is ready ...

Great Wave video ... part thirteen [7]

Nearly done with our Great Wave series!

Great Wave video - part twelve ... [5]

The next in the series ...

Great Wave video - part eleven ... [3]

The epic journey to make the Great Wave design continues ...

Great Wave video - part ten ... [5]

Great Wave video, part ten ...

Great Wave video - part nine ... [2]

Great Wave video, part nine ...

Great Wave video - part 8 ... [2]

Great Wave video, part eight

YouTube milestone ... [6]

We reached a small milestone last night!

Great Wave video - part seven [4]

Great wave video, part seven

Great Wave video - part five [3]

Great Wave video, part five ...

Great Wave video - part four [3]

Great Wave video, part four

Great Wave video ... part three [5]

Great Wave video, part three

The next 'Great Wave' video ... [5]

Great Wave video continues ...

Flight of Fantasy - video is ready! [4]

The next process video is finally ready ...

The 'Wolf Goddess' video is ready! [2]

A new YouTube process video ...

Another Ukiyoe Heroes process video! [2]

Another process video is ready ...

The next Ukiyoe Heroes video is ready! [0]

The next Ukiyoe Heroes video is ready ...

Video doings ... [0]

Update on the recent video ...

'The Soul Eater' video is ready! [2]

The next Ukiyoe Heroes video is ready ...

The 'Infestation' video is ready ... [1]

The next YouTube video is ready!

Samus gets her hair cut [7]

A new process video ...

Video - General update, March 2013 [1]

General update video - including scenes of Ayumi-san working ...

The Hero Rests - process video [4]

Video of making the Hero Rests print ...

Chibi Heroes process video is done! [3]

The video of making a pair of the Chibi Heroes prints is now ready.

Chibi Heroes Trailer is ready! [6]

The new trailer for the Chibi Heroes print series is ready.

Video - introducing two printers ... [1]

The two men printing most of our Ukiyoe Heroes prints

Video - Visit to Mokuhankan, November 2012 [0]

A short video walkround of our workshop yesterday afternoon ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : shipping video from Jed [0]

Video of Ukiyoe Heroes shipping procedure ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - proof printing video [1]

The fourth episode in the set documenting the progress of the Fox Moon production.

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - video of colour block carving [3]

The next video of Fox Moon production is ready ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Fox Moon - video of key block carving [2]

A new (HD) video is up on my YouTube channel ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : final (?) update video [0]

The final (?) update message in the Kickstarter campaign ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : One third along ... [1]

Dave's update message at the 1/3 point of the Kickstarter campaign ...

Ukiyoe Heroes : Day One [4]

Message from Dave on the close of the first day of the Kickstarter project ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Rickshaw cart colour buildup (and survey!) [0]

A new video of the colour buildup on the Rickshaw Cart print ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - first proofing [8]

A YouTube video of the first impressions of the Rickshaw Cart print

Catching a virus ... we hope! [11]

YouTube video is going (semi) viral!

The Screenplay: Scene 20 [0]

[Dave: perhaps because of the lengthy gap since our previous ...

The Screenplay: Scene 19 [1]

The prompt to the Bot: A lawyer is having a ...

The Screenplay: Scene 18 [7]

Dave: OK, I think I see how we might be ...

The Screenplay: Scene 17 [1]

[ Note from Dave: my prompt to the Bot this ...

The Screenplay: Scene 16 [2]

John and Mayu sat together on the balcony of their ...

The Screenplay: Scene 15 [0]

John and Mayu were sitting in the breakfast nook of ...

The Screenplay: Scene 14 [0]

Shinji paced back and forth in his workshop, his mind ...

The Screenplay: Scene 13 [0]

John and Mayu were sitting together on the floor of ...

The Screenplay: Scene 12 [2]

John and Mayu had been working on the woodblock prints ...

The Screenplay: Scene 11 [2]

The sun was setting on the horizon, casting a warm ...

The Screenplay: Scene 10 [1]

John stood in the corner of the workshop, sweating nervously ...

The Screenplay: Scene 9 [1]

John had been feeling the tension in the household ever ...

The Screenplay: Scene 8 [0]


John and Shinji are walking through ...

25-year-old Xmas message! [0]

Friend Julio Rodriguez from the [Baren Forum] group sent me ...

The Screenplay: Scene 7 [0]

The sun was setting over the small village, casting a ...

The Screenplay: Scene 6 [0]

Miyu stood in the middle of SHINJI's workshop, her hands ...

The Screenplay: Scene 5 [0]

John nervously shifted his weight as he stood in SHINJI's workshop, trying to work up the nerve to ask for help. He had been SHINJI's apprentice for months now, and despite his best efforts, he still felt like he was struggling to keep up.

The Screenplay: Scene 4 [1]

John stared in frustration at the woodblock print he had been working on. Despite SHINJI's repeated advice, he still had not been able to get the hang of using the tools. He felt overwhelmed by the task and his anxiety was growing.

The Screenplay: Scene 3 [0]

Daughter: Father, why have you taken on John as your apprentice? You know I don't like him.

The Screenplay: Scene 2 [3]

The room was quiet, the only sound coming from the faint rustle of paper and the occasional creak of the wooden floor boards. John stood in the middle of the room, the dust motes floating in the air around him illuminated by the warm, natural light streaming in from the window.

Talking to a chatbot about Japanese Printmaking [7]

We have some fun testing the printmaking knowledge of a chatbot!

35 years! [5]

Today marks the 35th anniversary of my entry to Japan ...

Update message for our Patreons … [3]

An update message being cross-posted between this blog, and the Patreon page ...

A Tale of Two Birdies ... [8]

I feel like I'm standing in a little clearing in the middle of a vast forest, with a bunch of different paths leading off in different directions, and for the life of me, I can’t figure out which way to go.

Introducing the Mokuhankan Collection! [5]

A major new section of the website has come online!

Old printing workshop [3]

A very interesting old photo ...

A Touch of Levity ... [3]

Time ... well past time! ... for an update on our situation here at Mokuhankan!

Feeling Worn Down ... Again? [2]

Another episode of block wear from our Party room!

Share in the fun - 2019 version! [0]

The 2019 version of our Share in the Fun Certificates have now been sent out to waiting Patreons!

Suga-san and the 'Classical Beauty' [1]

Suga-san has printed one of the most difficult prints in the Mystique of the Japanese Print subscription series.

More blocks! [0]

New blocks from old

Millions and millions ... [2]

A couple of nice milestones came by recently. The first was when our YouTube video count rolled over to another million views.

Every print is 'horrible'! [5]

We're caught up!

2018 summary [1]

A first look at last year's numbers ...

Doi-san's Book [1]

Doi-san brought in an English book about woodblock prints he co-authored!

Another Milestone ... [5]

Here are a few graphs showing how we have been growing this year!

'Lost' Hasui Print - Found! [1]

One of our collectors recently acquired a set of woodblocks for a Hasui design that has not been printed in many years and asked us to put together a new edition.

Share Certificate Ships! [4]

The Share Certificates have now shipped ...

Grab bag ... [1]

A few random photos this evening ...

New (old) books! [1]

We have received a shipment of old books ...

Share in the fun ... [0]

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

Podcast Guesting ... [0]

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'.

Secure server ... [0]

A quick note about a technical matter - we have just changed our hosting set-up, incorporating a 'secure server', and this means that our base URL now changes from http:// to https://

New Blog Software ... [9]

We have a new blog management system ...

NHK Programme Featuring Dave coming up ... [0]

Hello! Cameron here. Last year in April, David Bull was in a program on NHK here in Japan called, "I love TOKYO - A Woodblock Artist in Asakusa".

Because it was so popular, it's getting run again ...

Art of the Game now on iTunes! [0]

"Art of the Game", the documentary about David Bull, Jed Henry and Ukiyo-e Heroes, is out TODAY (January 30) on iTunes!

New Japanese Facebook Page and Shop [0]

Hello everyone! Cameron here. I just wanted to let you know that we have a new Japanese Facebook page ...

Our Star Printers [0]

Today's results! Two of our young star printers - and the work they have turned in this afternoon ...

Skype Session with William and Jed [0]

This morning, Dave had a fun time Skyping with William Francis and Jed Henry ...

Art of the Game Available for Pre-order on Itunes [0]

The documentary "ART OF THE GAME: Ukiyo-e Heroes" is now available for pre-order on iTunes in the US, Canada, and Australia ...

Train Delay [0]

Good morning! Cameron here today. Japan is an interesting place!

If You're Bored ... [1]

"If you're bored ..." That's the classification of our documentary feature in the latest update on new content that is coming to Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc

Bad news days ... [7]

We have good days ... and then sometimes, there are bad news days ...

Quick Update [0]

Quick update this morning - and no time for anything other than that. Why?

Kinosaki Onsen Travel Programme on All Nippon Airways [0]

Onsen in the sky! I've just learned that some of the NHK travel programs I have done are going to be included in the in-flight video programming

Business update - April 2017 [5]

We here at Mokuhankan have a kind of 'Mission Impossible' facing us at present: how to shift me away from my office and management chores, and get me back to the carving bench and YouTube work.

20 Year Website Anniversary [0]

Suggestions, please! We have an interesting anniversary coming up - in the first week of July this year, my website will have been online for 20 years

NHK Broadcast Trailer [0]

The 'trailer' for this week's upcoming NHK broadcast is now online!

Print by Jocelyn Gallon [0]

I got a surprise package in the post the other day - a print from Jocelyn Gallon, a young man in France who has been working on his first woodblock prints.

What are we doing ... [22]

I don't know ... should I post about this, or just let it go ...

30 years! [1]

Today - July 1 - is an anniversary day for me ...

How are we doing? Part three ... [6]

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.

How are we doing? Part two ... [14]

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 ...

How are we doing? Part one ... [1]

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

Feeling worn down? Prematurely old? [1]

Looking at some prematurely 'old' blocks!

Anniversaries ... [7]

How Mokuhankan got started ...

quote - IT'S HERE! - unquote [12]

Yes, that's what I'm seeing in my email Inbox any number of times each day now "¦ We've been shipping Great Wave prints bit by bit over the past couple of weeks, and they are now arriving at homes around the world.

...STORE STORY ... [2]

A nice story on the blog published by Square, our credit card processor ...

Another very big day ... [4]

We're in a very important guidebook!

Which way will it go? [7]

Wrapping up the year-end bookkeeping ...

Sad News ... [1]

Good-bye to a long-time friend and supporter ...

Plan of Attack ... [0]

I've kind of learned to stop 'counting chickens', but my resolve is being strongly tested by that communication from her ...

Mokuhankan Staff Letter - end of November 2014 [1]

An open letter from Dave to the Mokuhankan staff

The money goes round ... [7]

An update on the delay in getting paid by Kickstarter ...

Who am I? [10]

A request for feedback and advice from the fans ...

Grab Bag ... [1]

A catchup of recent activities ...

A 'spot' of trouble ... [5]

We _desperately_ need more (capable) printers...

Quarter century ... [6]

A forgotten anniversary!

Downtime ... [1]

An experience we don't want every day!

Now on Facebook ... [0]

Mokuhankan is (finally) on Facebook ...

When it Rains, it Pours (III) ... [7]

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

When it Rains, it Pours (II) ... [5]

An update on some recent publicity ...

When it Rains, it Pours (I) ... [0]

Things here are really cooking this past couple of weeks!

Recipe Contest! [4]

And now for something completely different ... and delicious!

Print Party ... [2]

The most recent Print Party ...

Time for a change? [6]

Some changes in the way that I accept overseas payments ...

IAmA Update ... [0]

The Reddit event is done ...

IAmA woodblock printmaker! [0]

The Reddit event is now scheduled!

Wrapping things up! [3]

Where are our packages going?

Woody mystery - the solution [2]

How the wooden prints were made ...

"No" [2]

Reply from the young carver ...

Woody Mystery! [0]

Three very interesting little prints ...

Rejected! [14]

A failed proposal ...

Full House! [4]

A full house of printers was busy here this afternoon!

Nice newspaper coverage ... [5]

Some nice press coverage ...

One Giant Step! [7]

News about a 'new face' here at Mokuhankan ...

Case by Case ... [10]

Another go-around on the case construction ...

Busyness! [1]

We're busy!

Quick update ... [0]

A random update of recent events ...

Edo Superstar - Kickstarter is now open! [1]

Jed's new Kickstarter campaign is now open!

Pending announcement ... [4]

Upcoming announcement ...

Block Party! [0]

A new printing project!

Moving day ... [8]

We move the cabinets into the workroom ...

New workspace ... new prints! [2]

An update on some additions to our catalogue, as well as the workroom construction.

Grab bag ... [2]

A catch up of recent news...

New workroom - first tryout! [0]

We begin to move in ...

Busy weekend ... [2]

Update on the workroom progress, including new printing benches.

Workroom construction ... [0]

Insulating the ceiling of the new workroom ...

A most interesting year! [2]

The 1st anniversary of our Heroes project is here!

Auctioneering results! [8]

The boxes of auction goods arrive ...

Auctioneering [9]

An exciting internet auction!

Sign Up! [0]

Our baren sign (Mark I) goes up into place ...

The future? [3]

Walking through the book district ...

A well-deserved (but short!) rest [0]

A short rest for some of the Ukiyoe Heroes blocks ...

Construction update [1]

Next step in the workroom construction ...

Fox Moon at 500 [2]

Discussing how long the woodblocks will last ...

"Are you OK?" [2]

Update of updates!

Construction (finally) begins ... [1]

Construction on the workroom expansion begins ...

More shipping ... [2]

Chibi Heroes is shipping!

Ayumi-san's new baren [3]

Ayumi-san's first baren!

Ukiyoe Heroes - Print Party (2) [0]

The next Print Party ....

Ukiyoe Heroes - Print Party! [3]

The first of our Print Parties happened this afternoon ...

Ukiyoe Heroes - Staff update ... [3]

A teaser for a post that will appear next week!

Concert for the Printer [2]

Performance? Or a heckler?

Everybody's busy ... [5]

A busy day at Mokuhankan ...

Hail Mary - part 2 [16]

Introducing Jed Henry and his work ...

Hail Mary time ... [0]

Crunch time is here!

A thief in the house ... [7]

Our first experience of thievery here at the workshop ...

Busy printers ... [0]

Just a couple of 'quick pix' today ... some of the busy printers!

The Kunimasa print is ready! [0]

Fujii-san's first print is ready for our catalogue!

Ishikawa-san gets going ... [3]

We had a real traffic jam here the other day, with six of us all trying to work in the same small space together ...

Weekend update ... [5]

A selection of wildlife photos from this afternoon at the Seseragi Studio ...

Carving and Printing (Dave and Ayumi) [0]

Young trainee printer Ayumi-san was here this morning for her first 'solo' session. We caught some of it on video!

More new faces! [2]

Two new printers started today ...

Fujii-san's Kunimasa actor [0]

Fujii-san's next training project ...

Design Festa - Spring 2012 [0]

Attending the Design Festa ...

Breakout! [3]

The wall came tumbling down!

Coming up next! [4]

Tsushima-san begins her next print ...

Next door ... [7]

Expanding into the next door space ...

Another introduction! [7]

Introducing our newest trainee ...

One small step for a man ... [9]

How to solve our growing space problem?

Once in a lifetime chance! [0]

A new 'item was added to the Mokuhankan catalogue today, and here is the text from the explanation page:

Tool Maintenance [6]

But I ran into a small glitch in that work yesterday - my heavy-duty table saw developed a strange noise, and then a strange wobble in the blade.

Tsushima-san's current project ... [0]

Tsushima-san's next print project ...

General update ... [1]

It's been a very busy week here at Mokuhankan, but unfortunately there aren't a great many photos that I am able to show you ...

Some good/bad news ... [7]

Beginning this spring, the Trainee Premium program is no long just a vague idea, but has become reality.

Tsushima-san's Hokusai print is done! [3]

It's been quite some time coming, but the edition of the Hokusai surimono reproduction that Tsushima-san has been working on for a few weeks is finally finished.

A New Era ... [5]

I think that when I look back on it from sometime far in the future, today will be one of those days that sticks out as a 'big one'. Yasuhiro Lee started with us today ...

Paulownia supplier ... [2]

Adventures in searching for a suitable source of paulownia wood ...

Preparing for tomorrow's interviews [0]

While working on the image tracing these past couple of days, my mind has of course been busy with thoughts of the upcoming interviews the next few days.

About that newspaper ad ... [8]

Results of the ad 'campaign' in the local newspaper ... and a possible way forward.

The ad ... [2]

I wrote a couple of weeks back about a Help Wanted ad for the local newspaper, and it's finally ready to go:

Mokuhankan Partner news ... [0]

Bringing you up to date on the Mokuhankan Partners ...

Floating some ideas ... [5]

Thinking about some new ideas for packaging the Mokuhankan prints ...

Help wanted! [4]

Mokuhankan is looking for people ...

Year-end wrapup ... [1]

Our year-end wrapup ...

Busy day at the office ... [0]

A very busy day at the workshop ...

Where to find good people? [1]

Today's post is a quote from a blog run by the Wall Street Journal

Gift Print off to an excellent start ... [0]

The pile of Gift Prints waiting for their turn to head to the post office!

Meanwhile, back at the ranch ... [1]

The two trainee ladies are making excellent progress!

Summer is here! [9]

Believe it or not ... the summer senshafuda set has finally arrived ...

Senshafuda series ... non-update! [6]

We're having quite a lot of trouble getting the Senshafuda series moving forward ...

Ishigami-san's progress ... [0]

Ishigami-san is also making good progress ...

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : Progress update ... [2]

We are encountering many problems in getting the summer senshafuda set done properly ...

The next step forward ... [1]

Ishigami-san, the second printer-trainer, has begun work ...

Tsushima-san's latest efforts [3]

Another update on Tsushima-san's progress ...

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : First proof copies ... [1]

The first batch of 'public' proofs of this set are now ready for inspection ...

Too much news these days ... [4]

Tsushima-san's latest result ...

Tsushima-san's progress [2]

Tsushima-san is making good progress!

The 'Apprentice' ... next stage [0]

Tsushima-san has turned out to be pretty good at this. Her work is now on sale over at the confectionery shop, and a number of them are also already on the way to overseas purchasers. And, she's having fun with the challenges ...

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : Now carving ... [0]

Carving work has finally begun on the next set of three Senshafuda - the summer set. Was your favourite among the sketches included?

Kakegami project - from 0 to '60' in four sessions ... [8]

Tsushima-san is making very good progress!

The newest venture - kakegami ... [10]

Explaining the genesis and concept behind the new 'Kakegami' project ...

Today's results ... [7]

Not a lot to talk about today (much!) ... just a couple of little snapshots should do for now!

Senshafuda - Summer 2011 : Let's get going! [4]

Work on the summer set of three senshafuda is finally under way. Here is a selection of the 'roughs' under consideration ...

Senshafuda Project - Ain't we got fun! (Part 2) [6]

Problems with finding decent printers to do the Mokuhankan work ...

Senshafuda Project - Ain't we got fun! (Part 1) [2]

Problems with the senshafuda packaging ...

Senshafuda Project - Shipped! [0]

And you thought it would never happen!

Senshafuda Project - Nearing the 'goal line' [0]

I think I keep making posts about 'almost there', but this time, it's true! Tetsui-san called this morning, and he is just now running the final impression on the first batch of our Spring Senshafuda set.

Breaking News ('slightly' edited) [6]

Here is a report (slightly edited) from the news today:

Senshafuda Project - We have liftoff! (and ready for orders) [4]

Ladieeeeeeeees and Gentlemen! After ten weeks of planning and preparation (has it really been that long?), we have now successfully launched our little print series.

Senshafuda Project - final package design [1]

Now that we're on the cusp of getting some actual prints made, I can no longer put off the job of getting the package design nailed down.

Senshafuda Project - first proofing! [2]

The proofing got underway at Tetsui-san's place yesterday ...

Senshafuda Project - just a couple of days now! [3]

Some important progress to report today - Sato-san has completed the block set, and we're ready to begin proofing.

Senshafuda Project - more paper sizing [0]

As mentioned in the previous post, it's going to be my job to size the paper for this first set of senshafuda, and today was the day!

Senshafuda Project - Spring 2011 keyblock done [2]

We made major progress yesterday on the senshafuda project ...

Senshafuda Project - paper sizing [0]

So my 'normal' work got put aside today, as young printer Tetsui-san came over to discuss his part in this project ...

Senshafuda Project - production update [2]

A quick progress update: carver Sato-san dropped over here a few days ago ...

Senshafuda Project - Spring 2011 design ready [6]

The 'final' versions of the images arrived from designer Kaori Seki last night (at around 2 in the morning!), and I'm now able to put everything together.

Senshafuda Project - post-quake update [0]

Slow progress after the quake

Senshafuda Project - good news! [0]

Update on the senshafuda project.

Senshafuda Project - design evolution [2]

Progress on the senshafuda designs ...

Senshafuda Project - where we're at ... [1]

The project outline ...

Senshafuda Project - some numbers [2]

The basic budget for this project

New Project for this spring ... [9]

Discussing the projected senshafuda project ...

Visit to Mokuhankan - in the year 201x [1]

A vision of the future of Mokuhankan

Mixed up blogs ... [0]

Explaining the two blogs on this website

Spring update ... [0]

Update to the Mokuhankan catalogue, and status report ...

Mokuhankan - first year financials ... [1]

a simple graph showing the main 'money in/money out' flow at the end of the first year's efforts

Mokuhankan eBook printouts ... [6]

Samples of printed-out eBooks ...

Discussion on identifying print 'batches' ... [5]

Resources (and customers!) are both scarce at present, so the prints are being printed in quite small batches.

Ukiyo-e Colouring eBook now ready! [0]

The first two eBooks in the Mokuhankan catalogue seem to be turning out to be successful, so here's another one ... with a difference!

The Colouring book is on the way! [0]

the new colouring book is now nearly here!

2nd eBook - Fletcher's 1916 volume [1]

Morley-Fletcher's 1916 volume - Wood-block Printing.

Hiroshi Yoshida eBook now on Mokuhankan [0]

Mokuhankan's first eBook published.

Printer's update ... [0]

I gave up and gave Numabe-san a call to see how the printing work on Hilo Bay is coming along.

Mokuhankan Shopping Cart now up and running ... [2]

A shopping cart is now in place on the Mokuhankan site ...

Visit to printer Shinkichi Numabe [1]

A visit to printer Numabe-san, as he works on a Toshi Yoshida reprint ...

Mokuhankan now accepts credit cards ... [0]

Starting today, the Mokuhankan order form contains two new options ...

We're Open! [0]

Mokuhankan is finally 'open for business'!

Watanabe vs Adobe ... [6]

One of the 'core' questions about this whole enterprise?

Echizen Washi by Iwano Ichibei [0]

Entire books can - and have - been written about this paper ...

General Update ... [4]

An update on all the various 'threads' being sewn at the moment ...

Vacuum box ... [3]

The vacuum cleaner is plenty powerful enough to pull the print down even through the shirt.

Dave's Colouring Book! [5]

... the 20 prints would appear in outline form only, ready for people to tear out and colour.

How open to be? [7]

How open should I be with some of the Mokuhankan data?

Going cross-eyed ... [3]

... the last stage of the tracing for the Kaigetsudo scroll ...

Opening the 'Back Room' ... [0]

... there is a real interest in what is going on here ...

First Print ... part three ... [4]

Well ... finally ... the first package of saleable prints arrived today.

Craftsmens' attitude ... [6]

I'm getting the impression these crafts people aren't in it because of a passion for art

Countdown ... [0]

What needs to be done before I can go live?

Print Credits [13]

What are your plans for the carver/printer information going on the prints?

Jakuchu Parakeet [1]

I like the 'graphic' aspects of this one very much, and I think I'm not alone.

Stormy Seas [48]

I've been looking at this one for years! All that I know about it can be fitted into one sentence: designed by Englishman A. Rigden Read in the early part of the 20th century; presumably self-cut and self-printed ...

Hilo Bay [3] - Questions ... [19]

Gary, while talking with Numabe-san this afternoon in the coffee shop at Ueno Station ... a couple of things came up I need to ask you about:

First Print ... part two ... [2]

Good - and I think very productive - discussion. No hostility or hassle ...

First Prints [5]

Anyhow, long story short, I have a kind of decision to make here ... about whether or not I should actually go ahead with this Mokuhankan thing.

Welcome to Mokuhankan Conversations [1]

The idea behind this section of the Mokuhankan website is to provide a place for easy communication between - and among - the people making the prints, and the people interested in the prints.


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