Wood is here!
|Beautiful cherry plywood!|
|Close up of the cherry veneer layer with MDF first layer|
My fellow participants will be happy to find out that the first layer below the cherry veneer (which gets thinner and thinner every year) is MDF or Medium Density Fiberboard. This means it is very easy to cut, much easier than standard plywood. This also means that the blocks are a bit more fragile, in terms of compression, than previous years but I trust the printmaking gods will protect and guide us and all will be well.
|Pencil guides and three blocks placed on support|
|Found a clamping saw guide, nice tool!|
Other necesseties, clamps, saw horses, saber-saw...
|Gorgeous day to be in the front porch making noise|
|Few hours later, all pieces placed on the cardboard support,|
they only fell once
Next the sketch prepI printed the sketch (reversed-desrever!) onto standard paper, two sheets to a panel. The next task was to make up a "mock" panel to about 1/4 scale for each of the blocks. I then draw on to the blocks free hand with the mock panel guides. Easier seen than explained!
|Loose sheets with sketch reversed, printed out|
|Two sheets make an 11 x 15 or 1/4 scale panel|
good old fashioned "cut and paste"
|All glued up and put together|
|Now I just have to go from here to THERE!|
Drawing on the blocks will take me through the weekend
After the sketch is transferred to the block, I fire up the saber-saw again, this time with a scroll blade. Then the real chopping begins! I should be able to cut all blocks and mail them out by the end of next week. Fingers crossed...er, fingers out of the path of the saw...crossed.
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