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David Bull - Woodblock Printmaker

The 2019 Gift Print

Our Gift Print for this year will be familiar to many of our fans, because this is the second time it is appearing in our catalogue. Dave published a full-size version of this design many years ago and has now re-carved it in a smaller size. It is a reproduction of a famous frontispiece print from the Meiji era, created in 1905 by the designer Kajita Hanko, and was originally included in the popular magazine Bungei Kurabu ('Literary Art Club'), in October of that year.


To make the print - which is in the standard Japanese 'postcard' size (15 x 11cm) - Dave carved the image onto blocks of boxwood and mountain cherry, and the Mokuhankan staff then used fine quality hand-made Japanese paper to pull the impressions.

About the Gift Prints ... (including video ...)


We have prepared a little folder for all the prints in this series ...

Folder with Japanese print

... with the print mounted carefully on a backboard, and accompanied by a short descriptive pamphlet giving some background.

The Japanese print inside its folder

The print package is slipped into an envelope ... which is wrapped in a traditional wrapping paper (pattern will vary)

Japanese traditional wrapping paper

It is mailed from Tokyo in a padded envelope with current Japanese commemorative stamps. (stamps will vary from package to package ...)

Japanese stamps

We make the prints completely by hand ... using the same tools and techniques used in the Edo days ...

Cutting the blocks ...

"Hi Dave - I thought you would like to see my daughter's (she has a Masters in Fine Art) comments to me after receiving her woodcut. To say the least she was excited..."

"DAD! Thank you so much for my print from Japan! You would not believe how immaculately packaged it was. I was blown away! The envelope and stamps and fonts were gorgeous. I opened that up, and the little package was origami-wrapped in BEAUTIFUL paper, then another little envelope, THEN a little booklet with the woodcut inside. OH MY GOSH! Where did you find this?! ... Thank you so so much! That was probably the most exciting thing I've ever gotten in the mail."

Sample gift print package
(after clicking, give it a moment to start streaming ...)

We have also printed up more copies of the images we have featured in the previous few years, the hugely popular Owl in Moonlight, our ever-popular Crane at Sunrise design, a stylized Mt. Fuji, some plum blossoms in moonlight, an imaginary landscape by Hokusai, as well as his very popular carp design, and you can choose from these as well. Just select the appropriate quantities on the order form below.

We can mail to you, or directly to somebody on your behalf as a 'Gift from Japan'. If that is your choice, the usual way is for us to include a slip of paper along the lines of: "For Ms. Happy Recipient, here is a small gift from Japan - sent to you at the request of Mr. Gift Sender", but of course we can use any message you wish to include. (At your choice, we can ship immediately upon receipt of the order, or can hold the package back and post it later for arrival in (say) mid-December.)

The gift prints are $40 each (including gift wrapping and packing as illustrated above).

The Fisherman
Owl in MoonlightKoryusai woodblock print
Mishima Shoso woodblock printImaginary Landscape
Teisai Hokuba woodblock printKatsushika Hokusai woodblock print

Gift Print Selection Form

Use the quantity selectors to choose the print(s) you would like. (These can be changed in the shopping cart in the next step.) Postage for all these prints is a flat $3.50, to anywhere on the planet. EMS Express shipping is available as an option, for those who have left things to the absolute last minute ... :-)


The Fisherman

Imaginary Landscape

Hokusai Carp

Plum Blossoms

Spring Fuji

Owl in Moonlight

After making your selection of prints please move ahead to the next step, where you can select a payment method (Paypal, credit card, etc.) and then confirm the order (if you wish). Shipping information for yourself and/or your gift recipients will also be filled in at that time. (Payment processing will be handled on a secure server.)

If you like this idea of a woodblock print as a gift, but are looking for something a bit more substantial, please have a look at some of the prints in our Mokuhankan catalogue.