• Articles,  letterpress,  Woodblock

    Riffles ~ A Reduction Woodcut

    Dawson author Dan Dowhal threw out a challenge for me and other printmakers in the form of a commission to make work based on a ‘seed’ word. In my case, it was “riffles”, as in sluice box for capturing alluvial gold nuggets, etc. when digging for gold. This is part of his initiative called The Sourdough Starter Project integral to…

  • Articles,  Wood Engraving,  Woodblock

    Two JJ Lankes woodcuts

    Here's a couple of woodcuts by JJ Lankes. Even though they aren't wood engravings, his work does have the feel of an engraving rather than plank grain work. He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1884. In his youth he trained and worked as a draughtsman before going on to study art at the Art Student's League of Buffalo…

  • Instruction,  Woodblock

    Woodblock Printing

    Here’s an excerpt from Wikipedia about woodblock printing. A stopgap until I publish my own article which I hope will be better written. Woodblock Printing is a technique for printing text, images or patterns used widely throughout East Asia and originating in China in antiquity as a method of printing on textiles and later paper. As a method of printing…

  • Woodblock

    Amy Winehouse

    Amy Winehouse, the intense, nuclear talent who pierced through the flotsam and jetsam of the entertainment industry to soar high and then implode. Another in the long narrative of those who briefly outshine everyone else only to sputter and die out at an unreasonable age. I made this drawing and subsequent woodcut on a sheet of weather beaten plywood from…