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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.
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Not long lasting
By Dr Geronimo
Comments about Yasutomo Bamboo Baren:
I bought both the small and large size. As prior reviewers have noted, the small one is not for use with large hands, as the bands holding the two ends of the strap together keep working free which is a pain. Also and more importantly, after only 5 woodcut editions totaling 45 prints the round edges of the small barren broke, rendering it useless. I dont believe that the woodcuts had very welldefined edges on their cuts so as to knife into the bamboo. Just started using the large one and shall see what the longevity is on that. Not happy at all with the small one
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Arrived on time and in excellent condition
from Salem Oregon
I needed this product in a hurry and was very pleased with how quickly it was delivered. It was in excellent condition and I was able to put it to work immediately. This product, the Bamboo Baren, is my favorite for hand printmaking.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Simple and good
from Dallas, tx
Use as you would any baren. There isn't room to put your hand between the handle and the baren so it might be awkward to use at first but it still gets the job done nicely. The price is also very fair especially when compared to the speedball baren. A drawback might be the bamboo cover tearing/breaking but with care it can be avoided and will still work fine even with tears. Good for beginners and pros, saves money and can achieve desired results.
Great baren for beginners
from Columbia, SC
The 3-7/8" bamboo baren is a great baren for beginners at an awesome price! I have a wooden knob I use for smaller pieces with fine details, but I find that when working on larger prints the bamboo baren is more comfortable, and easier to control than a wooden spoon. The traditional Japanese style of the baren also adds a very nice aesthetic aspect to the print making process.
great products at a great price
from Spring Mills, Pa
I'm very pleased with the quality for the price.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Does what it's supposed to
By Q the painter-printmaker
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.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
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.
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
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.
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.
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