The block was given to me by John Liddell, an excellent printmaker, when he taught me way back when. Too long ago to think about!
One summer just before the long break he handed me a piece of wood and a set of his own engraving tools and told me to go away and experiment with preparing the block and using the tools because he thought I’d enjoy the entire process. He was right so it’s a joy to have rediscovered my love of it once again.
Large blocks of boxwood are a luxury these days. Working on several blocks
at once made me realise that the difference between box and lemon is quite marked.
I shall save up for some more boxwood blocks but in the meantime I’ve gone small again.
Using practice endgrain blocks measuring just a few centimetres I stuck my
SAD light on together with an led light and magnifying glass over the small
block in order to see what I’m cutting.
It gave me an excuse to use two new gravers and helps to ignore the gloom of winter.