Mabel A. Hewit (American, 1903-1984)
color woodcut, Sheet: 33.70 x 43.70 cm (13 1/4 x 17 3/16 inches); Image: 23.50 x 35.00 cm (9 1/4 x 13 3/4 inches). Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William Jurey in memory of Mabel A. Hewit 2003.366
Before a woodblock can be carved, the board is usually planed, scraped, and possibly sanded to make it smooth. The surface is not always prepared properly, however, and in Houses the shallow, evenly spaced, parallel vertical ripple marks made in the wood by a machine planer transferred to the paper upon printing and are particularly evident in the sky.