Martial Arts School Owner Coaching --and Art

The Boise Baren Company

The Boise Baren Company is a project designed by Tom Callos of We make glass barens for printmaking and printmakers, whether for wood block, lino or linocut, or any form of relief printing done by hand.

My Boise Baren Glass Barens and My Little Printmaking Work Studio

When we moved to Boise, Idaho, we left behind a very cozy little art studio. My wife is a painter, I’m a printmaker, mostly making prints using linocut —and we have shared studio space since we first started making things together. When we were shopping for a new home, studio space was at the top of our list. We converted almost the entire upstairs of our home into work and study space —and the picture above is where I sit, often for hours, and carve portraits and houses and anything else that suits my fancy.

The glass objects in the photos above are products of my new “little” project, The Boise Baren Company. Barens are used by printmakers who work with paper and inks —and do some or all of their printing by hand. One day I looked over this really handsome paperweight of glass —and decided I could just as easily craft a printing tool out of glass as well. The only requirements I had upon beginning the work, was that they had to be stunningly handsome —and, of course, functional. They’re both!

To see my prints as of late —and to see the one-of-a-kind glass Boise Barens I might have for sale (they go quick), click on this link: