wood engraving as
opposed to a woodcut,
end grain box wood, 1.9
inches square
multi block for color prints
Abandoned Aerodrome: black line, 2 lino blocks,
3 colors, multi perspective
St Paul's shipwreck engraved on Resingrave printed with oil based ink
St Paul's shipwreck, a linocut, white ink on black paper.
birch plywood woodcut
St Paul's shipwreck woodcut, oil based black ink, birch plywood.
3 blocks, several colors, registration by eye. Cranfield’s
Caligo oil based inkwhich is dish washing soap then
water cleanup
WOODCUTS   (plank grain)                   
FREE to download
printed books are back available
A HALO PRINT:  A water based ink image was
placed face down on an ink slab just used with oil
based ink. The roller was rolled over the back. The
result was a halo effect!
3 blocks, several colors, registration by eye
(c) sws 2017
white ink on black paper linocut
simulated black line
LINOCUTS,  WOOD CUTS, AND WOOD ENGRAVINGS
Silver City, NM  USA
Phoenix, AZ  USA
a reduction lino cut with 7
colors
INDEX

A
Archival quality        5, 61, 75, 83, 91, 116, 120, 126, 161, 175, 181, 214
Arkansas wet stone        213

B
Baren        5, 7, 9, 16, 19, 21, 61, 66, 73, 74, 103, 105, 170, 171, 211, 213
Bass        35, 88, 90, 119
Bearer        16, 32, 41, 46, 65, 67, 69, 74, 165, 166, 168, 169, 197, 213
Bench hook        8, 87, 97, 105, 120, 213
Birch        81, 87, 88, 90, 91, 155, 172, 176, 180, 183, 194, 201, 202
Black line        3, 5, 7, 10, 11, 12, 14, 16, 20, 26, 27, 28, 31, 32, 35, 42,
43, 58, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 69, 73, 75, 78, 81, 83, 84, 87, 88, 89, 91,
92, 102, 103, 107, 114, 121, 123, 128, 142, 165, 169, 178, 179, 183, 199,
203, 204, 205, 206, 207, 210, 211, 212, 213
Bondo        20, 21, 24, 73, 74, 75, 89, 199
Border        3, 4, 7, 15, 16, 22, 24, 27, 32, 35, 41, 44, 58, 62, 63, 65, 66,
73, 74, 85, 86, 89, 90, 97, 101, 144, 145, 146, 149, 153, 160, 161, 163,
164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 180, 182, 189, 197, 209, 210, 213
Box        6, 57, 58, 87, 96, 98, 100, 136, 154, 176, 179
Brayer        5, 6, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 20, 46, 62, 74, 104, 105, 120, 121, 122,
123, 129, 150, 151, 155, 168, 170, 171, 181, 198, 213
Busy        2, 26, 29, 45, 63, 75, 89, 131, 156, 159

C
Caligo        6, 10, 47, 79, 116, 120, 121, 124, 125, 129, 166, 175, 181,
198, 199, 212, 213
Citrasolv        79, 85, 125
Cleaning        5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 16, 19, 20, 21, 22, 47, 55, 57, 62, 66, 69,
70, 72, 74, 75, 79, 85, 87, 88, 90, 91, 96, 99, 100, 102, 105, 114, 116,
117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 123, 124, 125, 136, 150, 151, 152, 155, 162,
166, 173, 179, 181, 195, 198, 213
Cloud        5, 18, 20, 23, 28, 36, 37, 38, 39, 56, 62, 88, 89, 90, 100, 156,
157, 159, 177, 186, 188, 192, 211
Color        5, 15, 26, 29, 46, 48, 49, 50, 52, 54, 55, 56, 59, 60, 63, 64, 65,
66, 67, 70, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 126, 131, 139, 140, 142, 145, 146,
147, 148, 151, 152, 153, 161, 163, 164, 166, 167, 168, 169, 170, 171,
174, 186, 200, 206, 208, 209, 212, 213

D
Damage        8, 42, 55, 57, 66, 74, 102, 105, 110, 111, 112, 114, 117,
118, 123, 136, 137, 139, 140, 141, 155, 214
Damping        70, 75, 126, 162

E
Edition        3, 5, 22, 46, 49, 51, 53, 66, 67, 70, 71, 76, 86, 91, 102, 122,
142, 143, 145, 153, 161, 196, 202, 213, 214
Extender        121, 122, 213

F
Frisket        213

G
Ghost print        198
Glycerin        9, 19, 49, 66, 69, 71, 75, 121, 124, 125, 144, 152, 185, 208,
209, 213
Gouge        6, 10, 14, 15, 16, 18, 36, 42, 48, 78, 80, 83, 86, 92, 95, 106,
107, 108, 109, 110, 114, 132, 134, 137, 138, 151, 158, 168, 172, 177
Grainy        21, 22, 40, 70, 71, 150
Grit        21, 30, 73, 74, 89, 96, 97, 98, 100, 101, 111, 113, 135, 136, 138,
141, 151, 152, 155

H
Heel        110, 213
Hook        95, 105, 134, 137, 213
Humidity        9, 14, 19, 37, 46, 49, 66, 67, 75, 91, 100, 102, 116, 119,
120, 124, 125, 150, 152, 153, 162, 166, 183, 190, 208, 211

K
Keel        91, 92, 110, 132, 134, 137, 138, 213
Kento        60, 145, 171
Key Block        11, 15, 46, 48, 49, 50, 52, 55, 56, 59, 60, 67, 81, 129, 142,
148, 152, 153, 154, 157, 163, 164, 168, 169, 170, 171, 186, 212
Knife        6, 8, 9, 10, 15, 19, 44, 49, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86,
89, 91, 92, 95, 100, 103, 105, 106, 107, 114, 118, 125, 133, 154, 160,
170, 213

L
Letter        7, 42, 43, 61, 74, 144, 158, 180
Line of light        137, 138, 213
Linseed        15, 79, 88, 117, 121, 124, 154, 155

M
Matting        47, 61, 67, 136, 137, 138, 142, 146, 160, 161, 174, 213
MDF        7, 10, 15, 20, 74, 99, 100, 101, 102, 117, 118, 121, 123, 125,
176, 213
Monoprint        198, 213, 214
Monotype        181, 213, 214

N
Negative Image        5, 15, 83, 114, 213

O
Offset        15, 46, 47, 48, 49, 53, 55, 60, 67, 68, 75, 86, 96, 142, 146,
148, 151, 152, 153, 164, 165, 168, 172, 174, 184, 197, 212, 213
Oil        6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 15, 19, 29, 44, 46, 47, 66, 67, 74, 75, 79, 85, 88,
91, 96, 101, 102, 105, 108, 109, 110, 114, 116, 117, 119, 120, 121, 123,
124, 125, 126, 141, 146, 150, 153, 154, 155, 162, 166, 169, 175, 177,
181, 187, 190, 193, 194, 195, 197, 198, 199, 200, 202, 211, 212, 213
Opaque/Transparent        121, 122, 124, 148, 166

P
Paper        3, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 19, 20, 21, 23, 30, 32, 33, 36, 38,
41, 44, 46, 47, 48, 49, 50, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60, 61, 62, 63, 64, 65, 66, 67,
69, 70, 73, 74, 75, 76, 83, 86, 91, 96, 101, 102, 105, 116, 117, 118, 120,
121, 122, 123, 124, 126, 129, 130, 140, 142, 143, 145, 146, 147, 148,
150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 157, 161, 162, 163, 164, 165, 166, 167, 168,
169, 170, 171, 175, 176, 177, 181, 184, 185, 187, 189, 192, 193, 194,
196, 197, 198, 210, 211, 213, 214
Pine        80, 81, 82, 84, 85, 86, 87, 90, 91, 95, 154, 180
Ply        87, 88, 89, 91, 92, 114, 119, 172, 178, 183, 194, 201, 202
Poplar        90
Positive Image        5, 83, 114, 213
Proof        5, 10, 82, 161, 214

Q
Q-tip        21, 65, 75

R
Reduction        54, 60, 142, 144, 147, 148, 209
Register        15, 50, 53, 54, 60, 63, 64, 65, 66, 142, 145, 146, 147, 148,
163, 168, 170, 208, 213
Re-inking        21, 22, 56, 59, 64, 68, 70, 75, 151, 153, 157, 162, 185, 186
Resingrave        57, 94, 99, 100, 101, 102, 113, 117, 121, 123, 128, 176,
195, 213
Retarder        9, 49, 66, 67, 71, 75, 91, 102, 120, 121, 122, 124, 125, 144,
151, 152, 153, 166, 182, 183, 190, 191, 213
Roller        5, 6, 9, 10, 15, 16, 19, 20, 32, 41, 46, 47, 61, 65, 67, 68, 69,
71, 74, 75, 85, 96, 105, 123, 151, 152, 153, 155, 165, 166, 168, 169, 171,
181, 212
Rust        110

S
Safety        2, 8, 12, 16, 73, 74, 97, 104, 108, 114, 118, 121, 172, 173
Sand        21, 30, 33, 39, 73, 74, 95, 102, 155
Scorper        99, 100, 101, 106
Scratch        73, 74, 75, 110, 117, 183
Shellac        10, 20, 51, 54, 55, 61, 66, 74, 99, 101, 102, 117, 121, 123,
125, 152, 177, 213
Silhouette        3, 5, 11, 12, 14, 31, 32, 75, 78, 91, 102, 118, 176
Sizing        5, 70, 126, 213
Slip        12, 43, 75, 76, 108, 111, 114, 136, 137, 213
Spatula        6, 9, 19, 49, 56, 69, 75, 103, 105, 120, 122, 125, 144, 152,
171, 185, 198, 213
Spitsticker        95, 97, 98, 100, 101, 102, 106, 213
Splinters        79, 80, 81, 82, 87, 89, 91, 98, 106, 107, 110, 114, 119, 132,
133, 154
Stencil        32, 51, 54, 55, 56, 66, 144, 186, 206, 208, 209
Stone        99, 108, 109, 111, 112, 113, 114, 135, 136, 137, 138, 141, 213
Strop        5, 12, 75, 76, 79, 108, 109, 111, 135, 136, 137, 138, 141, 154,
213

T
Texture        3, 4, 5, 11, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 37, 39, 40, 47, 50,
51, 53, 54, 59, 62, 63, 70, 90, 98, 107, 126, 149, 153, 158, 159, 164, 165,
166, 169, 172, 195, 208, 213
Tint tool        95, 97, 100, 101, 102, 106, 176, 213
Tools wood/linocut        6, 14, 48, 78, 79, 87, 90, 103, 107, 108, 111, 119,
129, 180
Transparent/Opaque        67, 118, 121, 124, 148, 149, 153
Tree        17, 18, 20, 23, 30, 47, 55, 59, 72, 85, 88, 89, 101, 119, 155,
156, 157, 158, 180, 182, 186, 188, 189, 191, 193, 198

V
Viscosity        5, 9, 19, 49, 69, 70, 71, 75, 120, 121, 122, 150, 151, 213

W
Water        4, 6, 7, 9, 10, 14, 19, 20, 27, 29, 30, 37, 44, 46, 49, 55, 56, 59,
64, 65, 66, 67, 69, 70, 71, 74, 75, 79, 85, 87, 90, 91, 96, 97, 98, 99, 100,
101, 102, 105, 108, 109, 116, 117, 118, 119, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124,
125, 126, 135, 136, 138, 140, 141, 146, 150, 151, 152, 153, 155, 162,
166, 170, 171, 173, 174, 175, 176, 178, 179, 180, 182, 183, 185, 186,
187, 188, 190, 191, 192, 194, 195, 199, 200, 201, 202, 203, 204, 206,
207, 208, 209, 210, 211, 213
Whet Stone        5, 12, 91, 99, 104, 108, 109, 110, 111, 112, 113, 114,
135, 136, 137, 213
White line        3, 4, 5, 7, 10, 12, 14, 15, 20, 26, 27, 28, 29, 31, 32, 35, 41,
42, 43, 54, 58, 62, 64, 65, 69, 71, 72, 73, 78, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 87, 88,
89, 90, 91, 92, 95, 102, 103, 114, 120, 121, 133, 157, 170, 178, 180, 182,
185, 186, 188, 189, 213
Wire edge        99, 112, 136, 137, 213

X
X-Acto        44, 78, 82, 85, 107, 108
TABLE OF CONTENTS

1. INTRODUCTION
INTRODUCING THE PROCESS, AND A PROJECT
FAMOUS ARTISTS

2. LINO CUTS
A COUPLE MORE PROJECTS
DESIGN THOUGHTS
LINES: TEXTURED OR SOLID LINES
BACKGROUND TEXTURING
SILHOUETTES
DRAWING, AND CLOUDS, SUN, AND MOON
BORDERS
LETTERS
A MISTAKE OR A FUN IMAGE (HALOS)
DESIGNS CAN BE TOO BUSY
OFFSETS
MULTI COLOR PRINTS: BLOCKS AND STENCILS
FROM A PHOTO TO A BLOCK TO A PRINTED IMAGE
JAPANESE METHODS (PRINTING, REGISTERING)
LINES: WHITE LINES, BLACK LINES
SIMULATED VS REAL BLACK LINES
ISSUES WITH SMALL BLOCKS AND REGISTERING
PROBLEM SOLVING

3. WOOD CUTS
SOME INITIAL POINTS, AND THE KNIFE AS A TOOL
MAKING WHITE LINE BECOME BLACK LINE
BIRCH PLYWOOD WITH V TOOLS, ETC
BASS AND POPLAR PLANK WOOD WITH V TOOLS
PROBLEM SOLVING

4. WOOD ENGRAVING ~ BOXWOOD, PLEXIGLASS, RESINGRAVE

5. TOOLS
PRINTING AIDS
LINO AND WOOD CUT TOOLS AND KNIVES
WOOD ENGRAVING TOOLS
SHARPENING AIDS, CARE AND FEEDING OF TOOLS
MORE ON THE “V” TOOL
PROPERLY USING STONES AND STROPS
ENGRAVING TOOLS
SAFETY AND NOTES

6. MATERIALS
LINOLEUM (LINO) AND WOOD, AND CLEANUP
INK, WATER AND OIL BASED ETC, AND CLEANUP
PAPER

7. RESOURCES

8.
ONE MORE THING

9. GALLERY

GLOSSARY, ERRATA, AND INDEX
My book on lino cuts, wood cuts (bass, poplar, birch, and pine),
and wood engravings (box, Plexiglass, Resingrave) for block
prints, discusses how to do certain things and how to fix many
screwups, plus many unique hints. Many examples are shown
in this third edition of the book, which is extremely well
illustrated.
 Ideal for left brain people like me.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR FEEDBACK
linocuts@yahoo.com
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linocut
The third edition is currently FREE in PDF format   here
212  pages        ISBN:  978-0-9960026-6-0
Library of Congress Control Number:  2016900009

signed printed books are available $30+s&h paypal
please email the author
here for details
linocuts@yahoo.com
January 2022
NATURE VANISHING  
HGS (Mr Selfridge) birthplace, linocut,
masks and stencils for color, based on my
grandmother Rosalie Selfridge's (later
Wiasemsky) needlepoint she gave me.
All pictures (C) Simon W-S 2014-2021  however permission granted for limited use
SOME FUN PRINTS
How sea dragons are born
A two block, ocean
stippled on one block,
isometric perspective.
WOOD ENGRAVINGS (end grain)  and also Resingrave, and Plexiglass
LINOCUTS                          
Birth Of A Dragonfly.
ONE MORE THING contents

MORE ABOUT SPECIFIC TOPICS…  

•        TOOLS, THEIR EDGES, KEELS, FORCES, AND PROBLEMS
•        THE TOOL THAT GOT TOO HOT; HARDENING AND TEMPERING
•        CORRELATING GRIT AND MICRONS

•        REDUCTION BLOCK PRINTING: WINDY FLOWERS

•        REGISTERING SYSTEMS
•        . . . A SIMPLE GENERAL REGISTERING SYSTEM
•        . . . THE SYSTEM FOR 4-QUADRANT BLOCK PRINTING
•        . . . PIN AND TAB
•        . . . A VARIATION ON PIN AND TAB USED IN CHINA
•        . . . PIN AND TAB IN ACTUAL USE
•        . . . REGISTRATION ISSUES
•        . . . FOUR QUADRANT PRINT OVERLAPS

•        PRINT QUALITY: MAKING NECTAR TROVE  

•        WOOD SURFACE PREPARATION
•        . . .  BEFORE CUTTING - DECIDE FOR YOURSELF
•        . . .  AFTER CUTTING - A POTENTIAL MISTAKE

•        BUSY DESIGNS

•        PRESENTATION: MATTING, EDITIONS, SERIES

•        DAMPING ABSORBENT OR THICKER PAPERS

MORE ABOUT SOME PROJECTS …

•        HUMMINGBIRDS ARRIVE (MERRY series)
•        AUTUMN/FALL, SPRING (ELEMENTS SERIES)
•        QUIET POND, A FOUR COLOR PROJECT

FUN STUFF…
PRINTS DISCUSSED IN THIS BOOK

A COW’S HEAD        35, 100, 176
A DOG’S WELCOME        178
A GENTLE SUMMER        207
A LAZY SUMMER        205, 207
ABANDONED AERODROME        30, 200
AIR        62, 64, 203, 207
AIRBORNE FLOWERS        30, 66, 211
AN OCEAN’S CORNER        29, 195
AUTUMN        131, 167, 168, 206

BABY BEAKS        179, 202
BEAKY AND MIKO        177
BEAKY BUZZES MIKO        155, 179, 201
BEES AND HONEY        185
BIRD ON A POND        182
BIRTH OF A DRAGONFLY        29, 31, 44, 72, 187
BOUNTY        182
BREAKFAST FLOWERS        52, 54, 208
BURRO AND A SNOWMAN        173, 183
BUTTERCUPS AND CHEESE        180

CATERPILLAR ON VINE        182
CLOUDS AND WAVES        39, 100, 177

DESERT ROSE        178, 201
DOG IN THE DESERT        97, 179

EARTH        63, 64, 203
ELEPHANTS NEVER FORGET        184
ELEPHANTS RESTING        184

FALL DESERT ROSE        178
FIRE        64, 204
FLIGHT        62, 63, 64, 203, 207
FLORAL SNOWFLAKES        66, 210
FLUTTERBY SKY        30, 40, 48, 51, 56, 208
FROSTY’S LUNCH ADVENTURE        183
FROSTY’S SPA ADVENTURE        183

HEALING NUN        190
HGS BIRTH PLACE        199
HUMMINGBIRDS        31, 74, 131, 150, 163, 166, 211

IRIS BUNNY        58, 178

KUMIKO’S SHADOW        118, 176

LOOKING FOR TREASURE        176
LOVE THE OCEAN        177

MIKO’S DILEMMA        180
MILKING TIME        28, 88, 201

NATURE ASCENDING        16, 22, 44, 55, 56, 59, 70, 186
NATURE VANISHING        190
NATURE’S APPLES        44, 62, 70, 189
NATURE’S CYCLE        25, 188
NECTAR TROVE        67, 74, 131, 149, 150, 153, 166, 181, 211, 212
NEW MEXICO SPRING        66, 210, 211

PARROT IN THE AMAZON        97, 98, 179
PLYING THE COFFEE TRADE        192

QUIET POND        131, 170, 209

REUNION        39, 101, 176
ROSALIE        96, 179
RUDOLPH AND THE IRIS        183

SAILING THE OCEANS        192
SHACKLETON’S FAMED ENDURANCE        72, 73, 193
SILVER WOLF        160, 191
SMALL COASTAL SHIP        177
SOMETHING FISHY HERE        177
SPRING        131, 159, 167, 169, 196, 205
SPRING IN SOMERSET CHURCH        159, 196
ST BEUNO CHURCH        159, 196
ST PAUL’S ARRIVAL        101, 195
ST PAUL’S MISADVENTURE        101, 172, 193, 194
ST PAUL’S SHIPWRECK        72, 101, 172, 194
SUMMER        205, 207

THE POND AT WAYFORD WOODS        156, 188
THE YOUNG LADY        58, 179

WATER        14, 64, 99, 116, 123, 124, 204
WINDY FLOWERS        56, 131, 142, 144, 147, 209
WINTER        65, 183, 206

HOW THEY GET SCREWED UP
AND
HOW TO FIX THEM