Cutting The Blocks

The first step is to outline the areas that will remain with a stop-cut. The stop cut will stop a clearing cut and maintain crisp edges on the areas to print. Use either a straight edge blade or a V-gouge to define an edge of a raised printing area. Make an initial cut about 1/16” away from the edge and then come back in and carefully refine the edge as desired.

Once all the edges have been define with a stop-cut, the waste areas can be removed with a flat gouge or chisel. The stop-cuts will help prevent over-cuts when clearing away the waste areas.

This is an excerpt from the booklet "Reduction Woodblocks" with tips and guides on creating reduction woodblock prints.  Available from the DCArtPressBookstore.