Baren-suji is the online newsletter of [Baren]; The International Forum for Woodblock Printmaking. The official internet site of [Baren] is http://barenforum.org
Baren-suji are the marks left by the baren when printing. Similarly, this newsletter assumes the role of recording the marks left by the woodblock printmakers that constitute [Baren].
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Indian Printing Block
After seeing the interesting videos linked by Julio yesterday, I headed down into my storeroom to dig out something that looked familiar ...
I picked up a couple of these blocks some years back, but never got around to exploring what they were, or how they were used. But yesterday's video shows exactly what they are! Here's a view of the pattern:
And a couple of shots of the carving ...
They are all slightly warped, so I suppose were discarded at the end of their useful life. They are a very heavy wood, and although it is difficult to tell, I think they are carved on the end grain, as there is a faint concentric ring pattern visible on the back.