Table of Contents of this Outline
Here is a list of the general categories of entries in this Encyclopedia:
General Aspects of Woodblock Prints
Facts! Facts! Facts! That's all you've
been finding in this website! Yes, one needs to have the facts in
order to learn how to do something, but there is always so much more
to the story ...
No matter how detailed the descriptions become, if
the discussions remain purely technical, then a completely false view
of any topic is given. Woodblock printmaking is something done by
Not all woodblock printers are willing or able to
write about their life and work. Should they thus remain unknown to
us and hidden from view? I don't believe so. Here are some
descriptive visits to printmakers (and print craftsmen) in different
parts of the world, in stories that will bring you another face of
woodblock printmaking; these are some of the men behind the chisels
Library of books on woodblock printmaking
Over the years, there have been a number of books
written about the art and craft of woodblock printmaking, but as they
have hardly fallen into the category of 'best-sellers', they soon
went out of print, and are now exceedingly difficult to find. It is
sometimes possible to turn up one of these volumes through an
Internet search, but even when one is located, it is inevitably
priced as a 'collector's item', and the contents thus remain
inaccessible to the typical woodblock printmaker.
I have managed to accumulate a small library of
these rare volumes, and am one-by-one scanning them in, and uploading
them to this web site. Except as otherwise noted, all of these
on-line editions contain the complete original text and all
Here is the list of volumes currently available.
Others will be added as they become known to me (and as copyrights
expire, making their addition permissible).
Some of these books are also available as complete downloadable pdf files. See the Mokuhankan website.
Woodcut Printmaking (on the plank ...)
Japanese Wood-cutting and Wood-cut
- T. Tokuno, Smithsonian Institution
Chats on Japanese Prints (in preparation ... partial text)
- A. Davison Ficke, London 1915
Woodblock Printing - by the Japanese
Method (eBook available)
- F. Morley Fletcher, London 1916
Tools and Materials Illustrating the Japanese
Method of Colour-Printing
- Edward F. Strange, London 1924
Colour Printing with Linoleum and Wood
- A. W. Seaby, Leicester 1925
Colour Block Prints
- Hesketh Hubbard, London 1934
Printing (eBook available)
- Hiroshi Yoshida, Tokyo 1939
- Ben Bruce Blakeney, Tokyo 1950
The Making of Japanese Prints (excerpts)
- Chie Hirano, Boston 1939
The Relief Print
- Watson & Kent, New York 1945
Woodcuts and Wood Engravings, How I Make
- H. A. Mueller, New York 1945
Colour Woodcuts (eBook available)
- John Platt, London 1948
Wood Engraving (on the end grain ...)
'Exhibitions' of some interesting prints ...
- 'Collaborations' - Western designers with Japanese
- Japanese traditional printmaking is a group effort - publisher, designer, carver and printer are all different people. What happens when the designer is a westerner?
- 'Turn of the Century' Printmakers
- Colour woodblock printmaking enjoyed a 'boom' in Europe and North America from the late 1800's into the early 1900's. Here is an overview of that 'school'.
- "David's Choice"
- An exhibition of my favourite woodblock prints. Some are prints from my own small 'collection', most are reproduced from book illustrations. What is the criterion for inclusion? Prints that made me say "Look at this!" to whoever happened to be in the room at the time I first saw them ...
- Amateur Printmaking in Japan
- Woodblock printmaking has been a very common hobby for people in Japan for well over a hundred years now... Would you like to see some of their work? ...
- Nafuda Prints
- A selection of small woodblock prints of the genre known in Japan as 'nafuda' ...