Relief Prints: Mother Natures Art & Where It's Taking Us.
Not known by all, and certainly not what the Timbered Wolf, LLC is known for, Relief Prints have been a a personal love that's remained behind the curtain & out of the spotlight up to this point. 2018 began with a slight shift in focus to printmaking, in order to develop new prints faster, at a higher level of quality, and with an exponentially greater diversity. In the constant pursuit of growth, I've been curating select slices of as many species of trees (from around the world!) as possible, in order to create something new - A book!
If you're currently asking yourself, "what are relief prints?" here's what we're talking about!
Relief printing is printing from a raised image - in this case, a 3 dimensional piece of wood. The process isn't overly complicated, but requires a large investment in time; flattening, sanding, charring, carbon scrubbing/removal, inking, pulling a print. Through the charring & carbon removal process, the softer wood in the tree (Earlywood) is burned away, leaving the harder "rings" (Latewood) of the tree intact. I'm left with a topographical map of the tree, which can then have ink applied. The image above is an example of my work - a relief print pulled from a 100 year old White Oak, Quercus alba.
What makes them such interesting natural art?!
A natural archive of the world around us, trees, and subsequently their prints, display a lifetime of information - years of fast growth, slow growth, drought, fire, hurricane, blizzard, and physical injury. Each of you reading this (and most of the living world) can find their birth year, graduation year, the year children and siblings were born, etc. The outer rings are the newest, and the center rings are the oldest... can you spot the year you were born, when you got married, when you had children, or your greatest year yet?
4 Prints, pulled nearly a year ago as a means of extra income, set the foundation of this project - Loblolly Pine, Eastern Red Cedar, & 2 different Maple Burls. We've now reached well beyond those original 4, welcoming in species from all over North America at this point, from AMAZING friends & donors to this project. The eventual goal is somewhere near 100 species for the book, and here's how far I've gotten!
Honey Locust, Gleditsia triacanthos Osage Orange, Maclura pomifera Honey Mesquite, Prosopis glandulosa Bald Cypress, Taxodium distichu Hemlock, Tsuga canadensis Hackberry, Celtis Occidentalis Paulownia, Paulownia tomentos Sycamore, Platanus occidentali Bradford Pear, Pyrus calleryana Eastern Black Walnut, Juglans nigra Pecan, Carya illinoinensi Persimmon, Diospyros texana
As chunks of wood continue to flow in, and I continue you create prints, I encourage you to follow along via Instagram @TheTimberedWolf! Most prints I work on are shared via my feed & stories! I appreciate the support & encouragement I've received thus far!
See a print in this post you're interested in? Shoot me an email! Wanna donate to help with the cost of supplies? I could always use the extra hand!