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Betty Bowen wrote:
> Woody, you can't get away that easily without more woodcut advice from me!
> Baltic birch can be obtained usually as paneling at a good lumber yard. The
> Luan mahogany that backs most paneling gives a lovely veiled almost
> transparent quality. I use it a lot for layering color. What's good about
> birch is that it is very clear and it is easy to cut across the grain. So is
> aspen if you can get it. Having a variety of same-size boards around just
> for layering grains / experimenting is fun. Plywood is good because it is
> thinner and less prone to warping. If you remove LOTS of surface and it
> warps, then remove lots of surface from the back as well, and it should be
> If you have a wood with a heavy grain (seaswirl fir is fantastic), hitting
> it with a blowtorch and/or a wire brush will enhance the grain. I think some
> people sandblast it also. I've kept the same ten blocks of seaswirl for a
> decade, and use them over and over, since I never cut them, I just stencil
> an area to ink.
> some people (Karen Kunc being a notable) like to do their drawing, coat it
> with damar varnish, then lightly sand (the varnish brings up the grain, you
> know). That way the ink is lots easier to clean off, and your drawing stays
> put. Other people, like Ray Gloeckler and Mary Dryburgh, coat their blocks
> with India ink first so they can see where they've cut. I just cut.
> Shina plywood is the best but a little more difficult to come by. I can't
> find McLain's on line, but they're who I have always ordered from. I hope
> they haven't suddenly disappeared.
> For hand printing I use two wooden drawer pulls glued back to back. One
> round, one square.
> Good luck. Woodcut is addictive.
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