Custom Wood Engraving

Wood is a beautiful medium for engraving intricate imagery. The wide availability of different types of hardwoods and the popularity of this material allows experienced hands to craft detailed images and embellishments. Illustrator and naturalist Thomas Bewick is credited with the emergence of wood engraving in 1768. Compared to carving away wood with woodcut tools, enlisting engraving tools allows delicate, defined lines to be rendered on the medium.

The art of wood engraving has its origins in woodcut printmaking and relief printing. Achieving masterful wood engravings often calls for using the following tools:

  • A rotary tool with special bit attachments
  • Chisels
  • Gouges
  • Lasers

Traditional wood engraving is made on a hardwood block’s end or transverse section rather than the softer grain. Doing this leads to the greater durability of the design. Boxwood is one of the best types to use for wood engraving, but some artisans use budget-friendly lemonwood or synthetic materials.

Once the woodblock is engraved and finished, it can be rolled up with ink so the carved image can be printed onto paper. Overall, wood engraving lends itself to designs with a range of rich tones, textures, and thin, detailed line work to create the desired effect.

Think out of the box and surprise friends, coworkers, or loved ones with a custom item that has been engraved. Consider giving engraved cutting boards, key chains, or coasters as a small token of appreciation. Make an impression with wooden signage, plaques, or gift boxes covered in modern or vintage designs suitable for engraving via laser with precision.

Choose from quality woods like black walnut, oak, pine, cedar, and more from MD Custom Engraving. Whether you need personalized wood-engraved products for your home, upcoming social event, or business, leave it to the professionals. Check out MD Custom Engraving when you need top-notch quality wooden engraving for all occasions.