Iris Study #1–First State


4″ x 5″ wood engraving on Stonehenge paper
with Graphic Chemical Bone Black ink

After just fifty years of carving, I finally have a tool that will actually put that mythical razor-sharp edge on my carving tools. My gravers cut much better when they have been polished with the 3600 sandpaper on my new Work Sharp machine.

It may be the wrong time of year to start a series of iris engravings, but I have some iris drawings in my sketch book, and there are actually some irises blooming in the garden at the end of our driveway, and if I am quick I will be able to gather some more drawings before they remember it’s fall and not spring. And if I’m not quick about gathering their images, then my projected series of iris prints may find themselves waiting for spring.

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