09 August 2009
Wrapping a Baren
One of the most daunting tasks I've faced as I've learned the intricacies of Japanese woodblock printmaking is re-wrapping a traditional baren when the bamboo covering wears out, which it inevitably does. Many of my moku hanga colleagues have expressed similar concern over this task and have looked for a resource for clear instruction. I've watched Matt Brown do it several times and he kindly re-wrapped my Murasaki baren this past spring when I assisted at his class at Snow Farm, but I still have felt daunted about doing it myself.
Moku hanga aficionados, worry no longer! Moku hanga artist Ryusei Okamoto has come to our rescue! Ryusei has added a page to his web site that shows complete step-by-step photographic instructions on wrapping a baren. Thank you, Ryusei san!