Sunday, February 24, 2008

Sunday is a Day of Productivity.


The design and labor (voluntary) were outsourced for this sample.
And I am grateful.

The time elapsed between initial design concept to block production, and then to final print production, has been greatly decreased since the beginning of my research in September. I am pleased with this cut of maple. Though it retains its characteristic super-tight grain structure, there are some delightful idiosyncrasies in the ring surfaces. This creates patches of visible and vivid grain texture that mirror the ink coverage patterns on the final print.


Nick Sherman said...

I'm psyched to see you got a hold of some real maple... how much did you get? And how much did you pay for it? Is it safe to assume you didn't polish it before cutting (or would it be burning? Laser-ing?) your image?
You should post some scans!

robinboeun said...

A 3" x 10" x 24" piece for sixty buckaroos.

It was planed and each slice milled with a flywheel before laser engraving.

This particular cut, I ended up sealing all the slices BEFORE lasering with a 50/50 solution of amber shellac and denatured alcohol. The piece started to crack all the way down from the temp/humidity changes, and I was racing time, etc.