The information you find here is the synthesis of my studies, research and years of experience in painting and printmaking. I hope to explain some of my personal processes as well as to outline the general techniques. If you have questions, let me know, I'm happy to share.
What is a woodcut?
A woodcut is a relief printing technique in which an image is carved into a wood block using knives and gouges. The printed image is left level with the surface of the wood and the non-printing parts (the negative spaces) are carved away. The finished block is then inked. A print is made when the inked block is covered with a sheet of paper and pressure is applied, transferring the ink to the paper's surface. This printing can be done by hand, using a baren or wooden spoon to assist in applying the pressure, or with a press. When a press is used, it is most often an etching press, however other presses such as a book binding press can be appropriated for the task.