WOOD ENGRAVING


     Cross-cut engraving on wood
     For this method of printing a piece of wood (wild pear, boxwood, etc.) cut perpendicularly to the patterns of the tree. Woodcut is usually small, about 12 x 15 cm. Larger blocks may be obtained in the assembly of small pieces together. This technique is occasionally used today. In the past it was mainly applied in the illustration of hand printed books because a wooden block can support of hundreds, even thousands of copies with very clear detail. The first major artist to use the medium was Albrecht D.rer. Renaissance of this technique was in the 30s of the 20th century at many American artists.