Xylographer

Wooden stamps are one of the pieces that rank highly on my treasure hunt list. I love the look and feel of them and I’m always hard-pressed not to bring them home when I see them. Xylography was the earliest form of wood-block printing, though of images and not of words. The xylographer would carve the timber with an inverted view of what they were hoping for, as the element left protruding would be what marked the page. I love this idea that they would have to think in reverse – a skill that is perhaps rarely called on but impressive nonetheless. Seeing the world as it is and not even inverting it can be confusing enough, sometimes.

The Alphabet of Arcane Trades:
A is for…      B is for…
C is for…      D is for…
E is for…      F is for…
G is for…     H is for…
I is for…      J is for…
K is for…     L is for…
M is for…    N is for…
O is for…     P is for…
Q is for…     R is for…
S is for…      T is for…
U is for…     V is for…
W is for…

Written by Amber TSI Byron — October 24, 2019

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