I have almost finished the woodblocks for the tree book. Hurraah.. It has been a long haul and a steep learning curve. Deciding to do this book has perhaps been a rather rash way to learn about woodcuts but I am so far down the road now that it really should be completed.Today has been trimming the text blocks, neatening edges, sanding and cleaning up the blocks before final proofing tomorrow. Then there is finalising the dummy book, layouts and pagination before hopefully printing next week.
Below two rather pleasing piles of blocks, 12 trees and 12 text blocks kept flat under weights.
It is at the stage where I am not fond of anything about it, seeing only errors and compromises. But that is an inevitable part of the process and what actually spurs me on to do better next time!
The proofing and printing will be more interesting to blog about than a pile of woodchips so more very soon!