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Woodcut Prints

The 1947 Vandercook proofing press that once stood in the composing room at The Yolla Bolly Press is now in my Santa Cruz studio and in use for woodcut prints. It is the same press that I began using in 1982 while proofing metal type for limited-edition books published by the Press.

While working at the Press I cut and printed a suite of eight multicolor woodcuts to illustrate the limited edition of The Tree and The Nature of Nature by John Fowles. The illustrations were printed directly from the woodblocks onto the book pages. A few artist proofs are available. A more recent collaboration was with Foolscap Press of Santa Cruz for an edition of Ursula Le Guin's story Direction of the Road. Links to both of these publishers may be found on the Contact page.

I bring my years of letterpress printing experience to the production of woodcut prints. Future prints will include ideas from my Stories series ... and perhaps the occasional tree!

Photo credit goes to Gregory Graalfs for the shot of me making ready a press run of the Coast Live Oak woodcut. Click on any image below for a larger view and more information.


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