Printing a 5ft wood block

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Part 3: Off to Chicago!

colorful sky behind skyscraper in Chicago, Ill

**This is part 3 of the story behind the “Hog Butcher for the World” woodcut. If you’d like to read them, here is Part 1 (the research) and Part 2 (cutting the block)

The skyline of downtown Chicago…there’s something magical about it, and when it first appears in the distance, I get this rush of adrenaline…a feeling of an adventure about to happen…the Big City.

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Carving a 5ft Woodblock

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red hog silhouetteNext: Carving!

close-up of woodcut shavings

After gathering all the images and ideas (see Part 1 for this rather agonizing process), you’ve got to get the whole thing onto a flat, 2-D surface in some sort of order that is understandable, so that you can start carving without a lot of guesswork. Thinking where you have to cut slows the carving waaaaaay down.

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