Tender’s post cards are individually hand printed on an antique Victorian ‘Albion’ press from end-grain lemonwood blocks hand engraved especially for Tender by Chris Daunt. They are each hand-signed and numbered by Chris. The reverse is digitally printed after a vintage post card, although they can equally well be framed for display (before or after going through the postal system).
The engravings are based on photographs from Tender’s archives- of hand-dyeing a jacket, a pair of worn-in wattle tanned leather boots, and the buffers on a steam engine.
Chris was born in Northumberland and studied Fine Art at Newcastle Polytechnic, then later obtained an Honours Degree in English Litera- ture at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne. He then spent four years as a Cistercian monk in the Scottish borders. Since teaching English for a year at the University of Gdansk, Poland, he has made his living principally as an illustrator, specialising in wood engraving, wood and linocut. He brings to the making of engraving blocks twenty year’s experience as a fine woodworker and also twenty year’s experience as an engraver. In addition to this, he also teaches wood engraving in print studios and schools. Chris has collaborated with Tender on various projects, available here and on the Tender Stores.