WOOD ENGRAVING

Self initiated wood engravings




BACKGROUND       Wood engraving is a relief printmaking process in which an image is made by cutting into a block of end-grain hardwood, such as boxwood or maple, using gravers or burins. The development of this technique is credited to Thomas Bewick, the son of a goldsmith, who, in the late 18th century, began using jewelers' tools to produce beautifully engraved illustrations of animals and scenes of daily life in the English countryside. By the beginning of the 19th-century wood engraving had become an industry standard, alongside movable type, for producing thousands of copies of illustrated pages without deterioration of the printing block.
Although no longer widely used by artists and printers today it is not hard to find remnants of this medium still lingering. Its aesthetically pleasing characteristics and capacity to effectively communicate much through the use of only a single color still makes this method of image making a go-to choice for many in the world of branding and packaging design. Although primarily replicated in a digital format today, in my opinion, nothing beats the look and feel of the real thing.

Below is a look at several wood engravings that I have completed over years.






Past and current works in progress:



"Lemonade" Wood Engraving Test Print from Nathan Yoder on Vimeo.





Mark