I’ve finished my Diploma couse !! It feels so good to see something through to the end. The last 3 weeks of the course have included a wood cut workshop with Tasmanian printmaker Michael Schlitz . He’s a great teacher and I was so grateful that he spent time showing us how to sharpen our hand tools. Michael says practice, practice, practice & I definately need to – it’s difficult to get the correct angle happening. I splashed out and bought myself a nice little sharpening stone and a couple of new hand tools. Michael encouraged us to work on a fairly large scale – 900mm x 600mm. I was a bit nervous about scaling up at first but found it to be incredibly liberating once I started cutting. We hand printed with barrens and spoons on to Japanese Kozo paper and I was surprised at how simple and quick it was to take a print without the use of a press. To date this is the largest print I have made. This is the second proof of “Shy Albatross and chick”…..it needs a little more cutting and refining but for my first wood cut I am pretty pleased with the result.