McClain’s Update | Autumn 2018

July 16th, 2019

Basswood Plywood

Basswood Plywood

We are adding a new kind of woodblock, Basswood Plywood. Available in 3/8” thickness, Basswood is smooth to carve in any direction without tearing or chipping and has a very subtle straight grain texture. To remove the texture completely sand the block either by hand or with an orbital sander. Basswood is a member of the genus Tilia, same as our beloved Shina. McClain’s Basswood Plywood is made in America. Free samples can be shipped anywhere within the United States. Please send requests to or give us a call at 800-832-4264.

New to McClain’s – Christin!

Welcome Christin Mottaz to the McClain’s crew! Christin was raised in the Pacific Northwest and studied Printmaking and Art Practices at Portland State University. Christin is full of creative energy and enjoys making costumes, vegetarian cooking and running – she has also been known to combine costume and running for Portland’s “Run Like Hell” Halloween race. We are thrilled to have her!

Buttons Upon Request

These 1” McClain’s buttons with our beautiful signature “M” are a perfect accessory to your apron (and believe us, your apron wants one). Request a McClain’s button with your next purchase by including a note in the Special Instructions and Comments section of the online order form or let us know when you place your next phone order.

McClain’s 2019 Catalog

If you would like to submit your prints to the McClain’s Gallery for the printed 2019 catalog please do so before December 1st, 2018 We have limited space in the printed catalog and will include as many prints as we can. Details are on our website

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Upcoming Conferences: SGCI in Dallas, TX – March 6-9

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