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Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
Board: Stamp Carving and Mounting
Jan 25, 2019 5:59pm
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In another thread we were discussing some ***LARGE*** linoleum carves. We foot wrote that she has some large sheets of Tan-Z available for price plus shipping.

The questions on the table for discussion are:

1) If commissioned to carve a stamp on your favorite carving material, how big would you be willing to go?

Personally, I probably couldn't stand to do more than a square foot per month for a maximum of 3 or 4 months.

2) If given a piece of your favorite carving material just for this purpose, how large of a letterboxing stamp would you carve and be able to hide?

Personally, I could carve one to fit in an ammo can. I don't have one with me at the moment or at hand in a few minutes, but I think that I could fit a 6" by 12" stamp in that. Depending on detail and time I would be willing to do that. That is if I were given the material for that purpose?

As a side question, what is the largest stamp you have planted or found? The largest I've planted is LTC size. The largest I've found is about 5" by 8", in Morgan County, Utah if you care to look for it.
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970669 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 6:42pm
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A large stamp, with a lot of detail to them, are quite a blast to find and create. I have created a 7" x7" stamp and have found a 10" x 10" stamp in the wild.

Creativity will allow for some really good sized carves... imagine the back of a large framed picture hanging on a wall...with a large, yet thin, logbook and stamp, one could go maybe 2' x4'!! Or even bigger. One would probably need to have people bring a brayer, lay the huge stamp on the floor, ink it then put large newsprint paper over it then bray for image. It would be awesome, certainly! Even better would be to recreate the picture that the stamp is hidden behind, or something very similar or related.
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970669 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 7:56pm
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The Dawnlanders Uprising box in Ninigret Park in R.I. contained a 12” x 12” linoleum stamp of Bob Marley (circa 2003?) that was way cool but it was very tough to get the image stamped clearly (multicolored to boot)

Warrior Woman
found it and had to go back with a giant sheet of paper to get the image
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970669 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 8:10pm
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I’m of two minds about this. I love big art. See Chuck Close for example:
https://s3.amazonaws.com/gs-geo-images/fc0030b1-6b72-4cfe-860e-9014fac99c04.jpeg

I thought the whale print was nice and pretty spectacular. But I thought Giralel was too big. As art anyway. It was an amazing feat of carving and printing but it seemed more of a stunt to me than art.

I’d happily carve a monster stamp of, say, ammo box size IF I thought people wouldn’t complain about it being too big for their logbook or if I lived in an area of the country that saw a lot more ‘boxing action.

Carving big for art’s sake is another matter. I’ve considered doing prints for sale. And if I do, I’ll probably carve bigger than LTC size. I do have to admit that carving something large has its appeal. Hmmmm...

I carved a sandwich size stamp once I think, early on, that I put in a LnL.
The largest stamp I’ve found in the wild a magnificent piece by Lost Sailor.
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970669 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 25, 2019 10:33pm
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These past few months I've been having I desire to carve a large stamp. Something that could fit on a 8.5 by 11 sheet of paper. That size only because it would be easy to store in a binder once it's printed. But I have yet to decide on image.

I have not found any stamps in the wild that are really any bigger than LTC size. I have not planted any stamps any bigger than LTC size. I kind of think trying to hide a stamp that's big could be an interesting task.

If I was commissioned/paid to do a large carving I don't know if I would really have a size limit. But I can't imagine working on one carving for more than a few months. I think I would get bored of it after a while.
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970669 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 26, 2019 12:10am
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I've gotten some larger stamps that had clearly been carved all at once but the portioned off into puzzle blocks or pieces for stamping/hiding more manageably. They were fun! Personally my log book is kind of small compared to others so if you mentioned the size in the clues, finders could bring a larger piece of stamping material. People will always complain about something! Carve what makes you happy!
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Reply to: #970676 by gemini girl
Jan 26, 2019 1:15am
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I think the largest stamp I ever found in the wild was a hitchhiker that was about 6" square and probably took the carver about two minutes to hack it out of an entire slab of Speedy-Cut with a steak knife.

I did find another stamp that was nearly that size, probably at least 5" square, but oddly enough it had five separate images on it -- one in each corner and one in the center. There was at least a half inch of clear space separating each image, so it would have been a simple matter to slice it up into five separate stamps. That was one of the first stamps I had ever found carved on orange PZ Kut.
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970670 by FORAYCH
Jan 26, 2019 11:01am
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[...] put large newsprint paper over it then bray for image.

Like this?

This is a better example.
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970669 by Oberon_Kenobi
Jan 28, 2019 7:16pm
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The largest I have in the field is about 4x6.
The largest I have found in the field (permanent plant) is 3x5-ish.
The largest stamp I have carved (event stamp) is about 7-8 x 5-ish.
The largest stamp I have carved (PT) is 5" diameter.
I carve on pink.

Lynn
Re: Friday Distraction: How Big Will You Go?
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Reply to: #970763 by Phoenix Rizing
Jan 28, 2019 7:31pm
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Let's take a little trip back in time...

Back in 2006, I had just recently started doing Postals. PZKut was in its heyday, and as a fairly new carver, I was very thankful for Webfoot and her dedication to providing us with a quality product. One fine day, Webfoot was discussing Stampeaz in a post. And the intrepid ArtGekko responded.

This gave me an idea...

A bunch of like-minded (read: equally goofy) carvers and I decided to make a Tribute Stamp, to thank Webfoot for her tireless (pun intended) work. It was to be a surprise, but in order to list it, I hid it in plain site in the trackers as PM43530 , which was code for "Post Message #43530", the messageboard post number of ArtGekko's post.

What was it? A full sheet of Orange PZKut, where we carved a full-slab "Stampeaz Bus" with large windows, and sent the slab around to each of the participants, who would carve their SigStamps into an empty window. To the best of my knowledge, this was the first Full-Slab Postal. Once completed, we (we = ArtGekko doing the actual work and me egging her on) made stamped copies of the completed image for each participant, and sent the slab (and logbook) to Webfoot. Surprise!

I have since done (participated in) other full-slab carvings, but this was the first. As far as I know.