Classic methods of printmaking centuries before the machine age, wood engravings are made using the endgrain of a block of a hard wood, usually box, which allows exquisitely fine detail to be achieved. Woodcuts are made using a block cut from a plank of the tree, often a soft wood like pear. The top surface of the block is inked and the image transferred to paper with a press. Each print is an original as it is taken from the block, not copied.
Wood engravings and woodblock prints are an affordable way to acquire original works of art, and support these classic, timeless skills