Block Engraver

Carve designs and lettering in wooden blocks or rollers.
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Salary Range
$18,000 – $45,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Block Engravers do?

Carves designs and lettering in wooden blocks or rollers used to print articles, such as cloth, greeting cards, and posters following sketch or photograph, using gravers handtools and machines: Traces or draws design on wooden block or roller, using pencil, ruler, dividers, or pantograph. Cuts design in block or roller, using wood-carving and engraving tools and power router. Rounds and bevels top edges, smooths sides and base, and cuts sharp angles, ridges, and joints to produce detail in printing and to finish type, using file and knife. Carves separate block for each color of multicolor pattern. May design pattern for use in cloth printing. May carve lettering and designs freehand. May cut and bend metal strips to conform to contours of design, using files, pliers, and pincers, and force strips into grooves of block to produce raised printing surface. May operate copy camera to produce negative from photograph or drawing of design [REPRODUCTION TECHNICIAN 976.361-010].


Should I be a Block Engraver?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.
  • Levelheaded: You hold your emotions in check, even in tough situations.

  • Also known as: Artist, Woodblock, Block Cutter, Engraver, Block, Wood Block Artist, Wood-Type Finisher

    How to become a Block Engraver

    Most Block Engravers have no higher education and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Master's degree to increase your competitiveness in the field. Chart?chd=s:9uaaaa&chl=no+college+%2874%25%29|certificate+%2825%25%29|||master%27s+%281%25%29|&cht=p3&chs=466x180&chxr=0,74,74
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