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But why though? PSA: you don’t need tiny tools to do intricate work. In fact, you will often find that a larger tool offers greater control. Also, if you have to force a tool through the wood to the point where it bends and breaks, something should be adjusted: sharpen the tool, use a larger tool, or adjust your carving technique. #regrets #sharpening #docdansharpening #woodcut #printmaking #mokuhanga #mcclainsprintmaking

They are on the way @junieleelee . Have fun at Penland! #woodcut #printmaking #sharpening #mokuhanga #mcclainsprintmaking

Here is a sneak preview of the work that I’ll be exhibiting at the #gilmartingallery very soon! Join me at the reception on Sunday, January 7th to see what kept me busy for the past six months. You may also catch a glimpse of my new, fancy boots.
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Carving the last and final one from the "War Wigglerz" series. #tomhuck #printmaking #linocuts #stlart #evilprints #carving #outlawprintmakers #mcclainsprintmaking

This is a short video demonstration for sharpening a chisel (a Kento Nomi). Please listen to the audio for commentary; I may do a detailed break-down of each step in the future, but this covers the basics. There are essentially 3 steps to sharpening: shaping with a 240 grit rough stone, sharpening with a 1000 grit medium stone, and polishing with a 6000 grit fine stone. I want the bevel to be perfectly flat, so at each stage I check that the marks from the stone are uniform across the entire bevel, that these marks extend to the cutting edge (forming a burr on the back face of the tool), and that the cutting edge is straight. If you want to learn more, I teach periodic sharpening workshops at Atelier Meridian (one is coming up this Saturday at 10am). #sharpening #printmaking #woodcut #mcclainsprintmaking #docdansharpening

Ten working days for me to bring all of this across the finish line - then I hand off to @aframe71 to work his finishing, framing, and installation magic. Including the bar at @229parksdenali this is our 8th big project together. And incidentally as of Thanksgiving 17 years together. Huh. Who could have guessed someone would put up with my nonsense for that long? #publicart #collaboration #carvedwood #alaskanartist #yellowcedar #mcclainsprintmaking

Introducing the McClain's Canvas Tote with a zip-top closure! 16"x 20"x 16" sturdy two ply handles with reinforced bottom and a front pocket. Perfect to transport your printmaking gear from point A to B. We're really happy with how they turned out! #mcclainsprintmaking #canvastote

Starting the next woodcut for my January petite exhibit. It’s my first time using #mcclainsprintmaking Polyfilm Tracing Paper. It creates a nice no-wiggle transfer. #like
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Had a little mishap last week with my cow and fish #whitelineprints so had to do them over. Used #akuainks instead of #gouache and they are my new faves. Love the bold colors they produce. Worked up a new cat print in #Akua as well, based on a photo of a cat I took in Venice this summer. I call him “Venice cat”. #mcclainsprintmaking #artistsoninstagram #artist #findwhatyoulove

Venice cat, 2017. 4x6, Akua ink on Japanese paper. #whitelineprinting #provincetownprint #akuainks #mcclainsprintmaking #sundaymorningart

Lots o’ work on the drying rack. All destined for petite exhibit in Seattle in January. .
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Another print in progress. I can’t wait to finish this one, put it away, and not look at it for awhile. We’ve been spending entirely too much time together.
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When those at McClain's do costumes they do costumes. Well done Alex and Kaitlyn 👏👏👏 Have a fun and safe Halloween from all of us at McClain's 🎃 #mcclainsprintmaking #elfqueen #tuxedocat @purledfirs

Pretty typical damage to this Maru To. All fixed up #sharpening #woodcut #printmaking #docdansharpening #mcclainsprintmaking

Blades sharpened and re-mounted in new handles. #sharpening #woodcut #docdansharpening #printmaking #mcclainsprintmaking

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