Woodcut GalleryThe key block and final print of Circular Glances

Woodcut is a relief printing technique (ink sits on top of the surface instead of below or within, like intaglio or drypoint) in which an image is carved into the surface of a block of wood.  The areas in “white” are cut away with special knives (I mainly use u-gauge carving tools), leaving the remaining surface-image to be printed in “black” (or any color).  Multiple colors can be used, but a different block needs to be carved for each.  Then they’re layered to make one image.  “Circular Glances” (above) is an example of a 3-block woodcut.