First Identify the reference image, make numerous sketches in pencil and pen, and then redraw the image onto the block. In this case, I am using a 4 by 6 inch maple block that has been milled to .918 of an inch and sanded with 2000 grit sandpaper.
After completing the cutting of the block and proof printing it, I turn to type setting. In this case, I am setting the text by hand using metal type. Since the letters are stuck backwards and I am setting upside down, I really do need to mind my P's and Q's.
Inking the Press
A good print of the text.
Checking to make sure the alignment and impression is good.
Deboss printing of the Roycroft chop and studio name.
I recheck my block drawing looking for areas that may not translate in the cutting process. Revise, revise!
Locking the type into the Vandercook cylinder press.
First round of typographic errors and poorly impressed type.
Letting the text dry.
Letting the image dry.
Sign and deliver the prints on schedule!
Double-checking my alignment.
Second proof revealing more errors.
Locking up Mr. Lincoln in the press.
Locking up the Roycroft chop and my studio name.