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This smooth, light rubbing pad is made of bamboo bark. Used for wood block printing, the strong grain of its tough surface allows the artist to convey pressure firmly and efficiently to the paper.
Its origins can be traced to use in traditional Japanese woodcut printing or Ukiyo-e, a genre of Japanese woodblock prints and paintings produced between the 17th and 20th centuries.
The bamboo barens measure 4-3/4" (121 mm) and 3-7/8" (98 mm) in diameter.
® Yasutomo is a registered trademark.
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Does what it's supposed to
By Q the painter-printmaker
Comments about Yasutomo Bamboo Baren:
I bought both sizes of the bamboo bare to use for encaustic monoprinting. I can spot touch the paper without burning fingertips. I chose the bamboo so I wouldn't have plastic touching the heat.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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By John Andrew
from Darlington, S.C.
I have enjoyed my bamboo sheathed barens for about 2 years now. When relief or block printing, sometimes more or less pressure is needed. Inovart and other rubber type linos need less pressure when burnishing, whereas wood and hard linos require more pressure. Also, the viscosity of the ink also decides how much pressure is needed. This baren allows the most control in applying various pressures. The other hand grip types are hard to control for light pressures. And again, this baren allows the most control for hand printing on block printing papers. I do use my etching press and platen press, but for hand burnishing, this is my go-to baren.
Can't beat the price
from Chico CA
This baren doesn't look like much, but it's a nice flat surface and inexpensive enough to have several around.
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Better have small hands
You better have small hands or fingers to use this Barren. It's constructed well, and is really unique. It is a nice addition to any printer's studio or workshop. But I can't get my fingers under the handle and that means I can only hold it by my fingertips and apply moderate pressure. If you have small hands or only want to apply moderate pressure, then this is a great addition.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
from Pasadena, CA
Just starting out in moku hanga, I didn't want to spend the big bucks for a traditional baren. These are good quality for beginners/students, and give the feel that is needed for the printing process.
it works well, sturdy, great price
from Gulfport, Florida
I am using it for dry point and monotype prints with out a press. It works great and cost less that what I can get locally.
from Athens, OH
These work wonfully for block printing.
Hardly Used, Falling Apart
By Connie in Humboldt County
from Fortuna, CA
I used to have one of these, a number of years ago. So sorry I got rid of it. The replacement, purchased earlier this year, has begun to fall apart already. And it's hardly been used. Around the edges where the bamboo wraps around whatever's inside, that's where it has torn. This item is very cheaply made these days. I wouldn't recommend.
Merchant response: We apologize for the issues you encountered with this product. If you are not completely satisfied with the quality of the merchandise you receive, you are entitled to a full replacement or refund. We ask that you contact our Customer Care Center at 800-723-2787 within 30 days so that the exchange, refund, or credit transaction can be arranged to your satisfaction.
from Placentia, CA
This great for block printing. The natural veins of the bamboo give a better print and doesn't tear the paper. Great deal and way better than speedball which feels awkward in comparison.
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