Delrin® Ball Bearing Baren for Japanese Mokuhanga Woodblock Printing

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Delrin® Ball Bearing Baren for Japanese Mokuhanga Woodblock Printing

265.00

Kean White Delrin Ball Bearing Baren

for hand printing Japanese style woodblock prints / mokuhanga

The White Delrin Ball Baren is for sensitive printing and is well suited to delicate line work. Compared to the Stainless Steel Baren, the differences are slight and will be appreciated by the more expreinced printer with knowledge of papers. The Delrin Baren is lighter to hold but the Delrin balls are stronger and deliver a very even pressure.

For relief print wood or lino on paper up to 250gsm

The KBB Baren allows you to print various types of relief printing and monotypes to any scale using thin washi / Japanese paper and either water base or oil based inks.

The baren originally introduced to Japan by the Chinese during the Muromanchi Period (1338-1572) produces equally effective and frequently more interesting results than a Western printing press. The Kean Ball Bearing Baren is portable, inexpensive and does not restrict the size of the print or paper used.

Traditionally the Japanese baren is made from split bamboo sheath twisted into a string, which is then made into a coil. The coil is then backed with a disc of laminated paper. The coil and backing are then wrapped in a well smoothed out bamboo sheath, which protects the coiled string and forms a handle.

The Kean Ball Bearing Baren is made from a disc of high-grade plastic, which suspends Delrin balls, allowing them to form pressure points for printing. The construction enables the balls to rotate freely which delivers multiple pressure points evenly across the disc. The baren is bound in black leather with a strong leather handle and measures 13 cm in diameter. Occasional rubbing on an oiled felt pad is the only maintenance required. The Baren should be kept dry at all times.

The baren is handmade by Roslyn Kean in her studio in Australia

The Kean Ball Bearing Baren has been highly recommended Michael Schneider head of printmaking, Tokyo National Univeristy of Fine Art, Tokyo, Japan. Also used widely in Finland and recommended by Tuula Moilanen and Tetsuta Noda in Japan

Delrin® is an acetal homopolymer with an excellent balance of properties that bridges the gap between metal and plastic.

Baren will be back in stock in December of 2018. Pre-orders accepted to ensure delivery.

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