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The National Post
'The woodcut artist George A. Walker's print shop is a relic from another time. Housed in a converted garage behind his house in Toronto's Leslieville neighbourhood, he moved it out of his basement after his wife complained about the smell. It is cramped but cozy, with everything required to release his artisanal books into the world....
'It was here he hand-carved Book of Hours, his new wordless novel. Taking place on Sept. 10, 2001, Walker's 99 wood engravings focus on those who worked in the Twin Towers -- from their homes to their offices, lives extraordinary only in their ordinariness. The book ends on Sept. 11 at 9:02 a.m., the minute the second plane hit....
'Each image begins as a block of Canadian Maple. After inking on an illustration, he then uses an assortment of engraving tools to carve it out. He then places the block on his workhorse, a Vandercook SP15 proof press he bought years ago for $350, which he hand-cranks to produce each page. Time consuming, yes, but the process is part of the allure.
' "Why bother making woodcuts when I can make photocopies? Maybe put ink on a piece of paper and get a reproduction. What's the difference? Why bother? Why bother to carve out of a piece of wood and make it such a long process? But it's about the process, it's about the journey, it's about the immediacy, and it's about that idea about the connection between the viewer and the actual element." '
— Mark Medley