The fourth part in our erratic series of favourites. Today, some lovely end-grain wood blocks.
We have lots of blocks waiting to be engraved, in all shapes and sizes. Below is a random assortment of tiny blocks, never measuring more than 2 x 3 inches.
We also like to engrave on Resingrave, a synthetic material designed to imitate boxwood. I love the pristine white top layer before a block is engraved - always completely smooth and cool to the touch.
Next, a maple block. This one measures 3 x 5 inches, and is made up of several smaller blocks joined together.
Below is one of our precious boxwood blocks, from Chris Daunt, one of the last suppliers of handmade wood engraving blocks in the UK. If you ever hold a boxwood block in your hands then you'll know why it is such a highly prized wood. Boxwood feels completely different from any other wood, and the blocks are utterly beautiful in their own right, without any additions from us!
Below is a close-up of the grain of the same boxwood block.
One day we might just be able to bring ourselves to scratch its surface...