Engraving on Wood ~ John Farleigh

Here’s a very cool book I’ve converted into a flipbook (with thanks to John Farleigh’s estate). Lots of great info to be found there for the beginning and experienced wood engraving artist. With any luck, if interested, the actual book might be found online from an antiquarian. Enjoy and please leave a comment below. Cheers!


  • Michel Legare

    Many thanks for the scanning. The booklet is so nice that I could not help me to order a copy from Abebooks. I will no doubt never practice woodcut printing, but I wish to assimilate the technique in such a way to to make illustrations which imitate woodblock printing, but with ink, pen and paper… or with Photoshop or Painter. Best wishes from Quebec for the New Year 2013.

  • John Steins

    I’m so glad this is of use. It’s a bit labour intensive to get things scanned and converted to text.

    I would encourage you to keep plugging away at doing wood blocks and wood engravings. I think it’s more affordable and certainly more portable than intaglio printing.

  • Irene Butcher

    Great idea, I’ve only just started doing lino and wood prints and value any more lessons. I am also a stuggling artist who took up printmaking a couple of years ago but can no longer afford the lessons so I am experimenting with various techniques that don’t involve using acids. I think engraving will be next it seems quite similar to drypoint which I love doing at the moment.

  • John Steins

    Thanks John, Yes I like the ability to flip through a “virtual” book. Better than nothing at all. Just need time to tackle the others I have waiting.

  • John McClumpha

    Thanks for making this available – not easy to get this sort of info – lots of books have a brief overview of wood engraving technique, but not this kind of detail.



So great if you could take a minute and leave your thoughts on this.