Beech has long been an esteemed choice for woodcuts. (People who did the carving sometimes went as far as calling themselves xylographers.) Then a cheap alternative came along.
T he woodcut print from this block was inspired by famous rotunda letters in the first Spanish copybook, Juan de Yciar’s Arte Subtilissima, 1550.
The block is simple particleboard, manufactured from sawdust and glue. A layer of wood veneer makes it a popular choice for bookcases. It is denser and more uniform than wood, rarely splits or warps. It is a most useful material for woodcut printing.
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