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Resingrave Plate and Resingrave Block

from the top down: thin Resingrave Plate and thick Resingrave Block

Resingrave® Plates and Blocks

These hard, white epoxy resin engraving blocks give the same precise, finely detailed and clean edged marks of traditional end-grain boxwood at a fraction of the cost.

Fine, clean edged lines can be cut into Resingrave with perfect control of direction and width. Unlike other plastics on the market, gravers will not skid or jerk on Resingrave, nor will they leave tailings clinging stubbornly at the ends of cuts. It actually carves more smoothly than some boxwood, encouraging a fluid style. Resingrave also resists bruising and is easy to repair with off-the-shelf epoxy glue.

Never use woodblock or linocut tools on Resingrave as it will damage these tools. Carve with standard wood engraving tools or rotary bits (Dremel® tools).

NEW! Two Thicknesses - 3/16" Plates plus 13/16" Blocks

Resingrave is now available in thin 3/16" (4mm) high plates as well as the original 13/16" (21mm) high blocks. The thinner 3/16" Resingrave is etching press friendly while the thicker 13/16" block is designed for letterpress.

Note to letterpress printers: one layer of D1759 Type-High Shim will boost the 13/16" Resingrave block very close to type high. Because the thickness of the block can vary slightly you need to shim it the rest of the way.

Resingrave Has Flipped and It's Tougher Than Ever!

The manufacturer discovered that pouring the resin as a plate and then flipping it over and mounting it to the wooden base resulted in even better resistance to chipping, cleaner edges to cuts and smoother tool travel. Of course as when carving any block, wood or Resingrave, sharp tools are the key to smooth, chip free carving.

Use for Relief or Intaglio

The surface of Resingrave is toothy enough to hold ink for relief printing. By polishing the surface, the blocks can be inked and then easily wiped to make an intaglio print. Instructions are available at “Basic Instructions > Blocks and Plates”.

Using an Etching Press to Print Resingrave Blocks

Use only enough pressure to obtain a clean, strong impression. The use of very heavy pressure is unnecessary and you run the risk of fracturing the resin plate that is glued to its fiberboard base.

Video and Book Available

For more information on Resingrave and engraving in general, the book Relief and Intaglio Printmaking Methods on Resingrave Blocks, and a DVD also titled Relief and Intaglio Printmaking Methods on Resingrave Blocks, are available.

Visit the Official Resingrave Web Site

For more information about Resingrave and examples of prints made using it, please visit

Free Sample

If you have not tried Resingrave before and you live in the U.S., we will be happy to send you one small sample for free. Please call 800-832-4264 or email

If you live outside the U.S., you will need to pay the shipping, which starts at around U.S.$10.00. Please contact us for the exact amount to ship samples to your country.

We gather requests for samples together and send them out every seven to ten days, when we have a break from shipping orders. Thank you for your patience.


Store blocks flat in a dry place at room temperature. Excessive heat can cause Resingrave to become brittle.