This is a printmaking baren used to press down onto your artwork to transfer the ink from the lino or wood block to the paper. You can also use it to press down on anything that needs to be glued together without damaging whatever it is that you are gluing.
It measures a generous 125mm in diameter is made of all-natural materials. The handle is made in Slovakia, Europe from oak.
The rest of the baren is made and assembled in Australia. The base is made of laser-cut plywood covered in a layer of my own #zerowaste composite material. It is woven flax fibre reinforced with a water-soluble resin matrix. The other side uses a thick layer of durable and ecological woollen felt. I also have numerous other colours of felt, but some of the colours pictured are not available — most of them are though!
Also, the handle is screwed on (not pressed, nailed or glued).
I decided to make these as my cheap Japanese bamboo baren fell apart (it's made of pressed cardboard). I also don't like the plastic used on the Speedball printmaking baren. It's also MUCH cheaper and made of better materials than ball-bearing barens.