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I went a little simpler on cards this year.

Here's the block (1" cherry)


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Here's the print (a little larger than actual size):

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Here's the card:

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Very nice.  I always enjoy seeing your Christmas cards.

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I love it.

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Very nice.
…I know nothing about this….is it necessary to use a hard wood (cherry wood kind of pricey) for a print block ?


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That's neat. It gives your cards an indelible personal touch.

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Lovely!

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Now THAT is a keeper! Very nice personal touch :)

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How freaking cool is that! You are a very interesting dude, BL.

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I was actually wondering if you did one this year.  They are always lovely.  This one is cool and deceptively simple looking..

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Thanks everyone!  I have another fancy one done and a third in the works that's driving me crazy.

@red dog:Cherry is a traditional material because the early wood and late wood are quite similar in their relevant properties (hardness and porosity) and doesn't have a pronounced ray structure.  I don't use it often, though.  Shina plywood (which is similar to basswood) has a very fine, uniform grain and works great for everything but extremely fine lines.   In any case, wood is the cheap part.  Paper is what really rings the register.  I use 100% kozo (mulberry bark) paper handmade in Japan.  It's extremely strong (withstands printings by many color layer blocks) and completely uniform in how it expands with moisture, which is critical in this water-based process.
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very nice!

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How come you don't use potatoes, like we used to as kids?  :D

Your work is very pretty.  Not something for those with instant gratification issues.  I really think you are quite the artist.  


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Amazing.  Beautiful.  Classy.  

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Wow!!!  Simply Wow!!!

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Very nice!
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Okay.  I understood most of what you said about the wood
Understood nothing about the paper
I do know cherry wood requires sharp tools


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Understood nothing about the paper
I do know cherry wood requires sharp tools

The paper is made of very long intermeshed fibers with completely random orientation.  It is very strong, so it can be printed many times (by blocks bearing different colors) while damp without stretching or turning to mush.  Also, because there is no net fiber orientation, its expansion with moisture is uniform in all directions.  

Sharp tools are  indeed critical.  My knives are all laminated steel and hold an edge forever.  I usually get through a couple projects with no more than stropping.

Thanks again everyone, I'm glad you liked it.
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Wow!  That's the spirit.
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That's really cool.  It seems that most people are just too lazy to send Christmas cards any more, so I enjoy the few that I do get.  But a handmade work of art like that really says something.

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A big thank you for sharing some of your artwork with us. I have always truly enjoyed the posts here and there of your art.  Sad to say I have not touched an art project going way back to last June, though I have done a couple ruff drawings of my next few projects I plan to start sooner then later.

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Big Load, that's a beautiful piece of work!

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It's a little earlier than last year, but it still seems pretty late.  This one used three blocks based on Mrs. big_load's original drawing.   Dimensions are roughly 3 1/4 x 5 1/2 inches.   I could use a better photo, but somebody was in a hurry for me to close down the sweatshop.   :)

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What a cool gift for the folks on your mailing list.  Really lovely.

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Thanks!  My goal this year is to finish it before the equinox, which could get me off deadline probation.
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Very nice. I wish I was more artistic.

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I love the simplicity and elegance of the pinecone. It always amazes me (a non-artist) how a person can conceive an idea and then expess it so well.

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Beautiful, as always, BL.  Take comfort: the spring equinox is also about my goal for our Xmas letters (I assemble a report with lots of photos, as well as a photo montage I give to a few people).

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