- The First Cuts are the Deepest: Senseshaper’s (Zachary Fisher’s) First Months of Woodcutting
What started as a way to occupy myself as I grappled with whether or not I wanted to continue pursuing my PhD in Renaissance Literature from the University of Virginia has transformed into a mild obsession. As any of you know who are friends with me on Facebook or follow me on Twitter will know by now, about two months ago I started cutting wood.1 Even since my earlier post, I have improved my skills, have finally purchased professional grade tools, and have become a little more daring in my designs. This post will be composed of a collection of prints made during my first two months of my woodcutting hobby, and I hope I will continue to add similar posts every month to chart my progress and development.2
Some have encouraged my obsession and insanity by inquiring about buying prints. I have finally caved to the pressure and have set up an Etsy site, and you can find details about that site at the bottom of this post.3 But first, my first few months of woodcutting:
I. The early woodcuts
II. Real wood and getting better
III. New tools and more experimentation
IV. Christmas gifts
Risking becoming “that guy,” I decided to use my new hobby to make some homemade Christmas gifts for my wife and our family. My wife first asked me to make a woodcut of the University of Virginia’s (UVA’s) Rotunda, and it turned out much better than I’d hoped.
I also wanted to make something for my wife, so I decided to make a woodcut for each state we have lived in either together or separately. The first, of Illinois, I made for my parents as a Christmas gift, but decided that they would look great as a set for my wife. I designed each first in Photoshop and then made a series of woodcuts featuring the state’s name nestled within the border of a state outline.
V. My first commission!
One of my wife’s friends saw the state outlines I made her, and offered me my first woodcut commission, making the state of North Carolina. If you like these and want to see me do one of your state, let me know and I can make one and put it up on my Etsy site.
For those of you who prefer the pure simulacra without an element of the Real:
Visit my Zazzle store.
- I discussed my early attempts in this post. (back)
- Don’t worry though, this blog will still be populated by both digital essays on the early modern senses as well as the occasional absurdist early modern posts most likely involving GIFs, silly early modern memes, and ribaldry. (back)
- Or you can click here to go directly to the Etsy shop now. It is still in development, but, if you so desire, you can order a selection of the prints I have made available. I’m willing to post others for sale, so if you see one that you want, just let me know either in an email or in the comments to this post, and I will post them for sale. I will also be digitizing my woodcuts and putting them up to my Zazzle store soon, so check there if you would prefer one of the woodcuts in T-Shirt form. (back)