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The Lino and Woodcut Prints of Jeffrey Knopf.

Not only content with the carving I have now forced the patina of the blade, added a lanyard hole and ground the blade tip away.
This is no longer a factory knife it is my knife.

Opinel Handle modification

Got board yesterday so decided to modify my Opinel handle. I carved a two face in to the end of it I think it looks cool in a folk art way.
Next to blacken the blade.

Drawing begins.

Whilst cutting a block I kind of shut down on the drawing as I solely want to focus on the block.
Here is a sketch of something that has been kicking around my head  Forest Cronk moss, sticks and masks, the drawing made its way out of the Moleskine.

Drawing begins.

Whilst cutting a block I kind of shut down on the drawing as I solely want to focus on the block.
Here is a sketch of something that has been kicking around my head Forest Cronk moss, sticks and masks, the drawing made its way out of the Moleskine.

wordlesswonder asked: What kind of linoleum do you use for your linocuts? I can't decide which would be best for me.

Hi sorry for not answering sooner, this is a good question as I do not know if you have the same Lino in the US. I have not used it for a year as I have manly been cutting wood, but the Lino I used to use was grey.

It is a softer Lino which is good for cutting but what I did do was mount it on to MDF and I also sanded it down to get a smooth surface, I also left it to harden a little so that I could cut the fine details, finally I never warmed the Lino that I was cutting as it would become too soft and thus it would be a nightmare to cut.

I hope this is of some use

All the best Jeff

So here I am with another Swiss woodcut artist to turn you on to. This time it is Ignaz Epper (sorry for the quality of the pics they are out of a book) I do not know much about him as the book I have is in German, but his prints and cutting technique are fantastic.
It is as if he has used a pointed tool to gouge and scratch his images on to the surface of the wood the gorilla above is an exceptionally great print.

So here I am with another Swiss woodcut artist to turn you on to. This time it is Ignaz Epper (sorry for the quality of the pics they are out of a book) I do not know much about him as the book I have is in German, but his prints and cutting technique are fantastic.
It is as if he has used a pointed tool to gouge and scratch his images on to the surface of the wood the gorilla above is an exceptionally great print.

Arise Lord Cronk guardian of the nightmare worlds.
Above is the block as I cut it and the flip this is how it should print.

substantiative asked: Hello, I'm writing because I am wondering if you could post a close up of the tools you use when doing lino cuts. I've been working in the medium just a little bit, and I'm curious what the tips look like on the gouges you use look like. Also if you have the time and inclination, could you give a run down of which speedball tips you use for what? If not, I'd just be super stoked to see a close up of the business ends of the tools of your trade!

Hi sorry for not answering sooner sadly a photo of the tools I use will not do them justice. I do not use speedball tips I use tools made by the Swiss company Pfeil www.pfeiltools.ch
The tools I mainly use are a 1mm v and u as well as a 2, 3, and ,4 U for clearing I also use almost flat tools for clearing.
Look at the Pfeil site for photos.

Adventures in woodcarving /mask making
So after gratuitous damage to my new desk I set up an impromptu workshop on the balcony outside my studio.
I invested in a mallet and have started hollowing out the back of my first mask, I have also realised that I may have to invest in a couple more chisels with wider cutting areas.
Thankfully it is my birthday on August the 30th so maybe some funds will come in to help me on this new adventure of discovery.
If anyone in the Switzerland area has any chisels / gouges the do not use then please let me know.

And so it begins

Another start to a long process, months ago I salvaged some bits of wood from the forest with the sole intention of carving in to them.
After my visit to Zurich and spending a long time looking at the Lotschental mask collection at the Museum Rietberg I finally got the vision of what I am going to creat.
That’s it a mask so this morning I have stripped back the bark and now I have to leave it to dry a bit more. My new desk has been christened and there are a few chips on the surface but hey it is a work table. My office now smells of sap.
Finally does any one have a sculptors mallet that they would like to donate to me?