I have been carving woodcut relief blocks and hand-printing them since I was eleven years old, when my mother gave me my first set of wood-carving tools. Every year my mother made a woodcut print for her Christmas cards. In the early years, before photo-copying, she printed every card by hand, placing paper over the inked block and rubbing it with a smoothed wooden spoon to transfer the ink to the paper. I have used this technique ever since and have never printed my wood blocks on a press. I carve pine boards and sometimes grade-A pine plywood. Although I have added to my collection of carving tools over the years, I still have two or three left of the original Grumbacher set.