The primary relief techniques are woodcut, wood engraving and linocut. Woodcuts were first seen in ninth-century China however Western artists have also been making woodcut prints for hundreds of years, most notably in the sixteenth, late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Wood engraving is made from the end grain surface of blocks – an area that has no grain and consequently lends itself to great precision and detail.

Salvatore Zofrea colour correcting a woodcut