Laser engraving

Laser cutters have been around for a number of years primarily being used in Industrial Design and Architectural model building. More recently artists and printmakers have found numerous applications for their use. Laser woodblock printing and cut/engraved paper, are now widely becoming adapted technologies in printshops. The laser allows the artist to produce a very fine line that can incorporate photo technologies as well as detailed pencil and charcoal type drawings. In effect this allows a greater tonality and gray scale effects instead of just the high contrast image known from relief printing. The type of wood also allows qualities of imaging be it a smooth surface or ones with beautiful grain that adds to the esthetic of traditional woodblock printing.