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The last ever post on the Woodblock RoundTable?

Posted by Dave Bull at 7:24 AM, December 1, 2010 [Permalink]

I mean, this has to be the last one, right? Because what could ever follow this email, which (really!) arrived in my Inbox this afternoon:

"On a sad note, my dog managed to intercept print number 6, "Needlework", while it was still in its packaging, and take it outside and chew on it in the rain, so that print is a loss. If it is possible, would you be able to send me a replacement print (and invoice me for it of course)?"

There you have it. 'The dog ate my print'.

At last, I have seen everything. My life is complete.

(In all fairness, I shouldn't omit the other content of his email ...)

"... let me say how much I appreciate all of the woodblock prints I have received so far in the 'Mystique' series. I've always been a fan of Japanese woodblocks; shin hanga, Kawase Hasui, Ohara Shoson, etc, in particular. I was a fan of your website for many years, but ever since subscribing to your series, my appreciation for these prints have expanded greatly. Your constant attention to detail and the very informative essays accompanying each piece are wonderful. Even your newsletters are greatly appreciated."


Following comment posted by: Dave on December 1, 2010 4:31 PM

I should also add ... yes, replacing the print will be no problem. I have some extra copies here, and one will be in his next shipment ...

Following comment posted by: Marc Kahn on December 9, 2010 2:52 PM

When you said that it was going to be the last ever post here, I thought you were being facetious, but now I'm not so sure. It's been more than a week and you haven't posted.

PLEASE, don't let it be true.

Following comment posted by: Dave on December 9, 2010 3:04 PM

Don't panic! I was indeed joking!

As for the lack of posts, all I can do is list a few of the balls being juggled in the air at the moment:

  • printing on the #9~#10 pair (and it is going well!)
  • printing, and re-printing, and wrapping, and more wrapping of the Gift Prints, which are having their best year so far ...
  • visiting printer Numabe-san (the day before yesterday) to discuss whether or not he would have time/interest next fall for a potential project that has popped up rather suddenly ... (The good news is that the answer was 'yes' to both: he is interested, and he will make the time ...)
  • staring at a blank sheet of paper, trying to think what to write for this week's 'A Story A Week', which will be the saddest one ever ...

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