|It was actually a fair amount of work to get the stumps to this point.|
During a brief visit to California about 4 years ago, I noticed, almost too late, that a neighbor was ripping out a boxwood hedge. I drove by, then went around the block, parked the car and asked if I could have a few of the stumps...and as they were all destined for the landfill, they said, "less for us to haul away". So I ran home, grabbed a wheelbarrow and threw 4-5 of the best-looking ones in the barrow and hurried home. As I was leaving for Italy the next day I just threw them under cover in the garage.
I knew boxwood was ideal for really fine detail in the Japanese woodblock prints I was making and I also knew that it was the traditional wood used in end-grain woodblock illustrations from about 1500 until the early 1900's.
And that's how I started engraving.
|One of the first rounds off the stump, cut and polished by hand.|
|"Cardinal Climber", 2014. My very first wood engraving carved from the block above.|
So now I have a few years' worth of boxwood and it's time to get to work.