Erin K. Nolan
Artist | Designer
PEJ Nolan Studios
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Project Update #11: Etchpop has wood!
Posted by Marshall & Chester
Etchpop has wood! How much wood could an Etchpop pop, if an Etchpopcould pop wood? It's a difficult question, but we think we have found the answer! Behold, SHINA plywood! The answer to all of Etchpop's wood questions, wonders and worries!
We were first
introduced to Shina plywood through Erin Nolan, artist, experienced
printmaker and friend of Etchpop. After many tests in the EtchpopLabs, and at our kickoff printing party, we
are extremely happy with the results of this incredible and rather rare
Here are just a few reasons we have chosen Shina plywood to be the
first material Etchpopwill use to make all of your wonderful
Friendly to people and the planet.
Provides a perfect surface for even printing.
Maintains sharp edges and details after multiple printings.
Resistant to swelling and warping.
Looks, smells, and feels like a summer's dream.
Here are more fun facts about Shina Plywood straight from our source:
plywood from Hokkaido, the northern-most island of Japan, is made
specifically for block-printing and is a favorite among Japanese
printmakers. Shina is harvested selectively and sustainably. The plywood
is very high quality, free of voids, knots or blemishes. It is sanded
smooth and ready for immediate printing.
Shina are both members of the Linden family. However, unlike basswood,
Shina is dense enough to hold sharp edges and details through multiple
The glue holding
the plies together is so thin that it is barely perceptible. Japan has
very strict environmental laws about the amount of formaldehyde added to
the glue used to make plywood. Most plywood made in the U.S. contains
5mg of formaldehyde per liter of glue, while in Japan the amount of
formaldehyde averages only 0.3mg/liter, with 0.4mg/liter the maximum
amount allowed. So Shina plywood is much safer for you and for the
significantly less swelling, shrinking or warping with this plywood
compared to solid planks and will keep its shape after multiple
printings and cleanings.
Stay tuned for more
updates on the progress of our website and an update introducing you to
the wonderful crew that is building it for us.
Thanks for everyone's continued support while we're building Etchpop!