'Badger' is an original wood engraving of a badger looking into it's den, engraved into a block of boxwood. Printed onto Somerset Satin 250gsm acid free paper, with Cranfield Caligo safe wash oil-based ink. Signed and numbered on the front. This is a limited edition of 50 prints.
Wood engraving is a type of relief print, meaning the areas intended to stay white are carefully carved out with specialist tools known as 'gravers'. These are designed especially for wood engraving and come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Wood engraving lends itself to fine detailed work and as a result the prints tend to be smaller than some other print mediums.
Boxwood is considered a premium wood for engraving due the dense nature of the fibres. The wooden block is first prepared by smoothing the end grain surface and dyeing it a darker colour so that the engraved lines can be seen more clearly.
This print started life as a pencil drawing and was then transferred to the prepared block. This provided a rough guide to follow during the engraving stage. You can see a short video of the engraving process below:
Below you can see some images of the process:
Top Left: The final engraved image, before printing.
Top Right: A print placed on the leather engraving sandbag.
Bottom Left: Wood block and print side by side for comparison.
Bottom Right: A close up of the final image.
And here is the finished print. Printed onto Somerset Satin 250gsm acid free paper with oil-based ink.
This is a limited edition of 50 prints.
Paper size: 10 x 10cm.