Woodcuts hold distinct pleasures for me.
Like all my favorite crafts, during the block cutting process, there's this great tension between the need to be both completely relaxed and fully alert.
As you cut the blocks with razor-sharp gouges, every mark matters, every slip will show.
Even your mood shows - are you bold and confident - brash, or careful - afraid?
The ink is sticky, with a distinct smell. When rolled onto the plate, you aim for a certain sound, that says: "just right".
Then there's the climax as the print is "pulled" from the plate like an unveiling, it's always a wonder!
Woodcut print: "Wild Land" in process