This section is from the book "Arts & Crafts Magazine Vol1-2", by Hutchinson & Company.
From the official leaflet issued by the London County Council Central School of Arts and Crafts, we reproduce the following description of the method employed at the school for making and printing woodcuts in colours, one of the artistic crafts in which it excels:-"An outline of a design is first made upon thin paper, and this is pasted face downwards upon a smooth plank of cherry wood. A very delicate cutting is then made along both sides of the line throughout the design, the cutting being so light as merely to break the surface of the wood. With curved chisels shallow depressions are then hollowed out between the cut lines. Subsequently from impressions taken from this key block and pasted upon fresh planks, cuts are made round the various shapes on the blocks required to print the coloured forms in the design. A simple system of register marks causes the paper to fall exactly in its place on each block during the printing. In the printing itself no mechanical means whatever are used; the required pressure is applied solely by hand, and by means of a little pad, which is rubbed lightly on the back of the paper over that part of the line or colour block from which an impression is being taken. All qualities of gradation of tone are achieved by the printer's own skill in laving the colours upon the wood-blocks, and in the delicate use of the rubber. The pigments used are dry powder colours mixed only with water and a little rice paste. From one set of blocks many hundreds of impressions may be taken, the sheets of paper being passed consecutively over one block at a time until all the impressions are complete."