Wood Engravings and Woodcuts
Wood engraving as a means of illustrating ornithology books has been popular from the
18th century until today. Differing from the woodcut, which is made in relief on a block
of soft wood with horizontal grain, a wood engraving is cut across the polished end grain
of a hard wood block. The resulting print is more detailed than that of a woodcut.
In the late 18th century, Thomas Bewick demonstrated that in skilled hands, wood
engraving could be just as effective as metal engraving in depicting detail in bird art.
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