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Author:  Hideki Arichi [ Fri Oct 23, 2009 5:55 pm ]
Post subject:  Baren Size

Does the diameter of the Baren change depending on the size of the work?

That is to say on a larger print almost poster size for example would the baren be bigger?

Author:  David Bull [ Fri Oct 23, 2009 11:29 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Baren Size

There is pretty much no relation between baren size and print size - in the sense that we certainly don't use 'small barens' for small prints, and 'large barens' for large prints.

In fact, it can be the other way around. One of the strongest barens in my collection is a Murasaki baren from Goto-san, and it is nearly a centimetre smaller than the traditional size. This helps make it even more powerful, which was a big help to me when printing the background to the scroll print I made a couple of years ago - which was pretty large.

Whichever baren you are using, nearly all the power is applied in the 'active region' right under the ball of your hand, and the rest of the disk really doesn't press the paper much, if at all. Having a larger baren certainly helps to keep it horizontal in use; one that is too small would perhaps 'wobble' more in the hands of an inexperienced user.

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