Workshop

Introduction to wood engraving

26 March 2022, 10:00am - 4:00pm

This one-day workshop is perfect for beginners looking to learn a new technique.

You will be taught the principles of designing for wood engraving, methods of engraving into a block of end grain wood, and how to print from your finished block.

Tickets: £70. The ticket price includes an opportunity to see the exhibition ‘Scene through wood: 100 years of modern wood engraving’, or to look around the Museum before the workshop begins.

Max 8 places

  • Opening hours:

    Daily: 9.00am - 4.30pm
    Sunday: 10.00am - 4.00pm
    Bank Holidays: 10.00am - 4.00pm

  • Dorset Museum

    High West Street
    Dorchester DT1 1XA

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Robin Mackenzie is fascinated by the changing weather and light on the landscape. He looks for hidden coves, abandoned places and rugged scenery. Light breaking through cloud, catching on wave-tossed stones and reflecting off shimmering sea inspire his unique wood engravings and linocuts.
Growing up alongside Poole Harbour in Dorset gifted him a childhood full of coastal exploration. On foot and from small boats, his imagination was captured by tales of pirates and smugglers and today the coast’s hidden mystery and history form a key part of his work. Using a cast-iron Hopkinson & Cope Albion Press manufactured in 1854, Robin crafts his prints with care and a perfectionists eye for detail.

In 2016 he was elected as a Member of The Society of Wood Engravers and in 2017 as a Member of The Devon Guild of Craftsmen. Robin works from his studio at Walford Mill Crafts in Wimborne.

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