These are my main suppliers in the UK and the ones I favour
Based close to Borough Station in London, Intaglio also sells mail order. They are specialists and will have everything you need for printmaking. I buy my supplies there and the staff are extremely knowledgeable. They supply the specialist Japanese printing brushes and tools for Japanese woodblock as well as solid side grain poplar blocks which are great for fine detail work
Good quality general art supplies with a shop in Hove. An easy website for shopping and helpful over the phone. Good selection of papers
Specialist paper suppliers, the web site is not very user friendly and I would recommend a visit to their paper warehouse within walking distance of Brixton Tube. Extremely knowledgeable staff and willing to provide samples.
General internet art and craft supplies, they do sell Japanese ply, sold as Asian ply, plus Japanese paper and are shopping friendly. No specialist knowledge or tools.
A mail order company specialising in all things print and a good source for Japanese woodblock supplies. Extremely helpful and friendly staff, based in Bognor with a welcoming shop and large studio area specialising in courses by local and visiting printmakers.
I give these because they have a far greater range of stock.
This delightful and friendly shop have a fantastic range of all things print, especially Japanese woodblock supplies. They do mail order and publish a lovely catalogue. I keep trying to get them to open a UK branch, but no luck so far...
Sekaido - www.sekaido.co.jp
General art shop the size of a department store with a fairly good selection of general printing goods. Sells steel ball bearing barens
Bumpodo - www.bumpodo.co.jp
More specialist art shop with a better selection of tools including the large scoop 'u' gouges for clearing large areas.
Michihamono - www.michihamono.co.jp
Much more specialist tool shop for cutting tools particularly - excellent selection of cutting tools and lots of helpful advice.
Woodlike - www.woodlike.co.jp
My favourite supplier and well worth visiting for the interesting workshop. Sells all the equipment you would need and specialises in plywood for mokuhanga. Also has a beautiful selection of washi papers ( if you do go please send my regards to Mr Matsumura - he is so generous with his help and time).
Ozu Washi - www.ozuwashi.net
Lovely paper shop with a gallery/museum attached.