Woodblock Printing

Woodblock printing is a technique for printing text, images, or patterns that originated in China in antiquity as a way of printing on textiles and then paper. With a wood plank that has been carved in such a way to allow inking and subsequent printing, it continues to be widely used throughout East Asia. The […]

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Wood Engraving Books

I own some out-of-print, antiquarian books about wood engraving and other relevant topics that I would like to make available here. Here I am offering John Farleigh’s 1954 publication, Engraving on Wood in a virtual book format that allows you to flip the pages back and forth with your mouse. In some strange way, a […]

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Obama Linocut

I’m racing against the clock trying to get my linocut dedication to Barack Obama done in time for Tuesday’s historic inauguration. The mouth region needs more definition but I’m a little timid to go there for fear of wrecking the whole thing, so I’ll take it bit by bit. Also, the view of earth from […]

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Timothy Cole

Timothy Cole is another master wood engraver whose technical proficiency amazes me. He spent his entire career in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s interpreting the work of master painters like Constable and Hogarth. I happen to have in my possession his engraving of Mona Lisa, signed by him in pencil. It’s printed on a […]

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Multiple Tool

Seems a lot of folks are landing on this page looking for a multiple tool, like the kind you might wear on your belt, a Leatherman or some other such useful tool. Here we are discussing a wood engraving item which is called a multiple tool because it can engrave two or more perfectly parallel lines […]

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Making a chop

Over the years I’ve wondered about using a chop on my prints. I do like the appearance when other artists use them on their work although I wouldn’t necessarily  incorporate it with the actual print. Presently I do use a embosser for my wood engravings which I’m not hundred percent happy with. Anyway, I made […]

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Tibetan Printmaker who was jailed by the Chinese occupiers for making prints of the Tibetan flag.

Prison for Tibetan Printmakers

Imagine the police arriving at your studio to arrest you for making a woodblock print of your national flag. That’s what happened to Paljor Norbu, an 81 year old Tibetan printmaker last October. The Chinese occupation of Tibet is obviously sinking to new depths to protect their illegal control of Tibet. It’s not enough to […]

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KIAC christmas fair

Christmas Fair in Dawson

Once in awhile I’ll leave my studio and actually engage in the ‘real’ world. This past Saturday I shared a sales table with my jeweler friend Sharon Edmunds at the KIAC Christmas fair. Lots of folks and good discussion on wood engravings and how I make them. Happy to say many left with an image or […]

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