Baren for wood or lino block printing.

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Project by mafe posted 03-22-2015 07:04 PM 2284 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Baren for wood or lino block printing
yes I do love making my own tools.

It’s not all wood!
As I just wrote in the last post, this one is closer.
And even the birds are love birds.

When doing block printing, I needed a tool to apply pressure on the paper when transferring the ink from the cut.
Needed to be smooth and with a good grip.
Inspired by the Japanese versions, I came up with this.

1. Using the baren.
2. Cut of hard wood from a harbors poles.
3. Look at the floor…
4. Here we have a good grip and a nice smooth surface, with a light curve.
5. Ready to print the lino cut, could have been a wood cut also.
6. Prints, each color is a separate block.

_Perhaps this could inspire, at least to make tools for other than wood.

Best thoughts,


-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#1 posted 03-22-2015 07:10 PM


-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 03-22-2015 08:24 PM

Cool mads :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#3 posted 03-22-2015 09:08 PM

Hey nice results! I’d favorite stone for that matter, but coming across he finest grain is rather difficult, unless you spend the money for the old used ones. The mine the best ever came from here in France is a preserved area now so…

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#4 posted 03-22-2015 11:36 PM


You could also use it in the kitchen to crack and peel garlic!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#5 posted 03-23-2015 12:06 AM

Fine art Mads, and so are the prints. Did you make the wood cuts?
I’m sure you did. I love them. I used to make block printed Christmas cards for years. I finally got tired of it as it had become a chore so I quit ….. ...only to find that a lot of my friends had been collecting them and were unhappy with me.:-(
They did get over it though. :-)
Nice tool, nice prints.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#6 posted 03-23-2015 10:40 AM

This looks like fun Mads and it the prints came out very well . You are our LJ DaVinci with all of you diverse types of work. I Love all the different things you come up with and this post may inspire me to use my developing carving skills in ways I haven’t thought about before. I liked Paul’s idea with the Christmas cards too.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#7 posted 03-23-2015 01:14 PM

Great idea. Nice block printing too.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 03-24-2015 08:35 PM

Nice. hand made tool are the best!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#9 posted 03-25-2015 12:55 PM

Good stuff. You’re a hand-made pro.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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