Glossary of Printing Terms:
Wood Engraving

The oldest method of producing printing forms.

The base material is a block of hard wood.

Various cutting tools are used to cut out the parts of a pre-sketched image which are to appear clear or uninked.

The parts which remain produce the image.

The earliest known woodcuts for reproduction on paper date from the sixth century AD in China.

The Buxheim Christopherus of 1423 is the oldest dated woodcut in Europe.

It is believed that playing cards were printed using woodcuts in the 14th century in Europe.

An illustration made from a highly polished block of wood.

Also known as Wood Cut.

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