this is the actual wood plate that i carved. it's pine plywood so it's super grainy... there's a certain beauty in it though.
here is the print from the plate (and poorly printed at that, but you get the idea).
and here is herman the goose developing on a plate of poplar wood, which is a hardwood. can you see the difference in the grain?
if anyone wants a free black and white print of the swan or herman (when he's done, that is) just let me know and i'll mail one to you. watch out, though... i might decide to print it on brown paper bag paper! :)