Materials & Techniques

Wood engraving (printmaking)

Wood engraving, a type of relief printmaking, uses an end-grain piece of wood, which is more durable and can be carved with precision using engraving tools. In the 19th century, this technique and the wood's strength led to a boom in published illustrations because the designs could withstand mechanical printings presses.

Excerpt from

Emily Schiller, Visions of America exhibition gallery text, 2016.