The Jabberwocky

Don’t be afraid to try something new. Remember, amateurs built the ark. Professionals built the Titanic.

With Antonio Frasconi, we did more than just woodcuts. Bookmaking was a favorite and we spent time learning many ways to bind our work. For completion of the class we had to produce a book, cut and print, bind it and box the product. We had to make the color paper for the interior of the box, produce the colorforms for the book and present it as a finished work. That was an eight week course. I produced Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky art and text. Here is the Jabberwocky; this is the actual woodcut, not a print. I’ll have to photograph the book and reproduce it here later.

I would encourage all to put down what ever is your current medium and try something new. Printmaking can be done with a couple of inexpensive woodcutting chisels and linoleum blocks (make your own), water base ink, a soft rubber brayer (roller) and some Japanese printing paper. There’s a whole new world out there! (Bench hook keeps cuts from sliding around, make at home see below width is whatever you need, 30″ length is usually good) This will save many a bloody finger and hand.
A Jabberwocky 01Woodcut Studio work
Bench hook Instead of plywood you can use MDO. (Medium density overlay)


About Vermont Woodchuck

Professional Photojournalist since 1969 with a BFA from SUNY Purchase 1979-Visual Arts. I despise advocacy news journalism. Every photojournalist should be prepared to show their camera RAW images of news events. Reason: RAW images cannot be altered no matter what is done to the finished product.
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