Tool used to transfer ink from a relief block or plate to a piece without the aid of a press.
Tool used to press the paper onto the carved image, aiding the transfer of ink to the paper. The baren is made by soaking sheets of washi paper in kaki-shibu giving the paper extra strength and flexibility. Once dried, the sheets are glued together to form a round base. Silk thread is woven and coiled around to fit the base of paper and then secured and attached to the washi. The coiled thread is covered in a circle of takegawa, which is secured tightly and bound at the back. The binding at the back serves as a handle.
A handheld burnishing tool traditionally used in Japanese printmaking. Constructed of bamboo and laquered paper, this slightly convex tool is about five inches in diameter and is used to apply pressure to the paper when using woodblock and woodcut techniques. Rubbing the baren over the back of the paper transfers the ink from the block to the paper.
A disk made of tightly twisted and coiled bamboo leaves backed by several layers of lacquered paper and covered by a bamboo leaf. A baren is used for applying pressure when printing with woodblocks.