Topic: Visits to Craftsmen
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Facts! Facts! Facts! That's all you've been finding in this website! Yes, one needs to have the facts in order to learn how to do something, but there is always so much more to the story ...
No matter how detailed the descriptions become, if the discussions remain purely technical, then a completely false view of any topic is given. Woodblock printmaking is something done by people!
Not all woodblock printers are willing or able to write about their life and work. Should they thus remain unknown to us and hidden from view? I don't believe so. Here are some descriptive visits to printmakers (and print craftsmen) in different parts of the world, in stories that will bring you another face of woodblock printmaking; these are some of the men behind the chisels and barens.
- Mr. Keizaburo Matsuzaki - Printer
- Mr. Shintaro Shimano - Block maker
- Mr. Kinzaburo Usui - Blacksmith
- Mr. Kikuo Gosho - Baren maker
- Mr. Kazuo Yamaguchi - Paper maker
- Kaneko Shoten - Bamboo skin shop
- Mr. Isami Misawa - Paper sizer
- Mr. Akio Miyagawa - Brush maker
- Mr. Teruo Souma - Mulberry supplier
- Mr. Kazuyuki Matsuyoshi - Pigment shop owner
- Mr. Susumu Ito - Woodblock carver
- Mr. Kenji Seki - Printer
- Two young 'shokunin'
- Mrs. Iwano - Papermaker's mother
- Mr. Shinkichi Numabe - Printer