A History of Wood Engraving: The Original Edition by Douglas Percy Bliss

By Douglas Percy Bliss

Housed within the British Museum is a 1300-year-old chinese language manuscript with identical to Buddha drawn in flowing black traces. This, in line with A historical past of wooden Engraving, is the oldest identified woodcut and the place to begin for this vigorous historical past of the artwork shape. for centuries, wooden engraving used to be the first technique of illustrating books in France, Italy, and the Netherlands.  within the 16th century, the German grasp Durer introduced engraving to new inventive heights. considering that then, rankings of precise originals have placed their very own stamp in this specified splendidly expressive shape. a regular within the field, A heritage of wooden Engraving offers any artwork lover a trove of eye-catching information—from engraving concepts, to artist biographies, to non-public commentary—all expertly defined via Douglas Percy Bliss, a popular painter and engraver in his personal correct. the writer strikes the tale all of the solution to glossy instances, with a last bankruptcy on contemporary masters and the way forward for engraving.

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I found that I could get nearly perfect miters by tilting my jointer's fence to 45o and making a series of passesuntil the last passiust met the face of the leg, as shown in the bottom photo at left. After both legs of all four units were mitered this way, I used the tablesaw to rip the rabbet for the glass top in each apron. Becausethis rabbet will be visible through the glass,it had to be sanded carefully Before gluing up the leg-and-apron units, I also sanded all inside surfaces, starting with 120-grit paper and working up to 320-grit Joining ttre four leg'and-apron units Tbree clamps pull tbe miters together and preuent tbe pieces from slipping uben tbe leg-and-apron units are glued up.

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