Wood engraving is perhaps one of the most amazing art forms known to man. Often, wood engravings are found in older collectible books as well as in modern-day fine press books. But unfortunately, the art form can often be missed in the more mainstream world of book collecting and art. Today we'd like to change that by sharing a collection of videos about the wood engraving process.
Barry Moser—one of the foremost wood engraving masters of our time who illustrated such classics as Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Moby Dick—notes that only about 370 people in the world work in the medium of wood engraving. The rest of us may not be bold enough to take up the intricacies of the process, but we could still benefit from learning more about it. Or maybe we are looking to give it a try ourselves, and we just need a nudge. Either way, what follows is a brief collection of videos on the art of engraving, ranging from a brief interview with Barry Moser, to a more lengthy video detailing the making of a full fine press book complete with wood engravings, as well as some videos on the step-by-step wood engraving process. The process is nothing short of mesmerizing, and we hope you enjoy it.
The making of Loom, Nawakum Press