"Each is given a bag of tools,
A shapeless mass and a book of rules;
And each must make, ere life is flown,
A stumbling block or a stepping stone."
-R L Sharpe
To make Call of the Desert I started out with a design which I transfer to a block of wood. I draw the design on the wood with pencil and ink. With wood carving knives and chisels, I chisel out what I don't want to print, making it a relief carving or a sort of a "stamp." After everything is carved, the relief is inked and paper is pressed onto the inked block with hand tools or a press. When the paper is lifted a beautiful print appears!