on 1 April 2009
I bought this book because I was looking for more information about linocutting. From the title I expected quite a bit on the subject, but there was only one short chapter. However, much of the material was relevant to the subject, even if it didn't say so. BUT - the illustrations are wonderful, ad it gave me lots of inspiration and information. It is well presented and beautifully illustrated, and the text is easy to read and understand. I find I keep looking at it and will enjoy it for a long time to come.
on 24 December 2009
This is a lovely book. As well as offering a lot of practical advice, it contains many beautiful and inspiring examples of work by the author and other artists from the earliest days of engraving through to the present. This alone would make it worth buying. The chapter on lino cutting - my primary motivation for buying the book - may seem short in itself, but in fact a lot of the advice in the rest of the book applies to this area too. While the book is sometimes a little wordy, I did find the discussions of the artistic, thematic and practical aspects of individual works very useful.
on 3 April 2010
This book is ok, but it largely features the work of the author, when it could have given a very much wider coverage of the subject.
It is quite remarkable that M C Escher is never mentioned, yet is probably the most famous wood engraver ever.