The Baren Named John Muir, Another Beautiful Boise Baren for Printmakers
This handsome Boise Baren weighs a wee bit over 3 pounds —and has a base width of 4 3/4 inches. To see if this one is still available —and/or what Boise Barens are currently listed for sale, visit our ETSY store at www.etsy.com/shop/FlyingFootPress.
The Boise Baren Company (www.BoiseBaren.com, a part of www.tomcallos.com) is a project of mine, a “micro-company” that was started explicitly for the purpose of making beautiful hand-blown glass barens, unique and one-of-a-kind things, for printmakers. I’m retired from a long career in the international martial arts community, where I taught and practiced being a physical artist --an artist who expressed himself in movement. Alongside that work I also studied art and artists --and several years ago, after suffering a spiral fracture of my right femur (with a hip replacement in it), I picked up my dusty printmaking tools and started making a daily practice of improving my art skills.
The Boise Baren Company doesn’t have to feed me, make a life-sustaining income, or help fund my retirement. The project is all about being a maker --and producing small quantities of really cool stuff. I like “limited edition,” I like “making,” and I like unique.
If you’re using a baren in your printmaking practice, be it woodblock printing, linocut, or any kind of relief printing that might require a spoon or baren to finish, then you might enjoy the Boise Baren, not that it’s essential to your work, but that it is simply a thing made in the spirit of having beautiful, well kept, inspiring tools made for people who seek to make beautiful things.
Each Boise Baren is hand-made, full of unique attributes --and individual flaws (like all of us), and comes with a “birth certificate,” marking the month it was made, its name, and weight. When shipped to you, I use a recycled or recyclable box and water soluble, environmentally friendly packing popcorn.