Woodcut Portraits

We were decorating the nursery in preparation for our son to be born, and I wanted to include inspirational quotes and photos of men who I've grown to admire.

I love reading the books of Henry David Thoreau, Wendell Berry, and Ralph Waldo Emerson, but two of my favorites are Theodore Roosevelt and John Muir. They were the two pioneers of the National Parks in America, and men of fortitude, love for nature, and moral fiber.

I wanted my son Judson to know about these men from an early age, so I made woodcut prints to hang on the wall of his bedroom.


I started off by drawing the portraits on MDF blanks, and then coated them in polyurethane to keep the ink from soaking into the wood. Then I carved the relief into the wood.

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