Tugboat Printshop

Tugboat Printshop

Tugboat Printshop

Tugboat Printshop

Tugboat Printshop

I’m a huge fan of husband and wife team Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth of Tugboat Printshop. They make the most fantastic block prints – each is drawn by hand, carved out of woodblocks by hand (with hand tools), and printed onto paper by hand on their in-house etching press. They show lots of in-progress photos and is a visual treat for those who love this form of printmaking.

My breath was taken away when I saw their Bonfire print. Five different wood blocks were hand cut and each individual block was pressed onto the paper in several stages to form a masterpiece.

Go team!

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4 thoughts on “Tugboat Printshop

  1. WOW! as a printmaker, this is an amazing inspiration to me! the images are beautiful, and i love that they show the process of layering woodblocks. i am a strong supporter of handmade illustration, and i feel that the use of digital technology can sometimes undercut people’s appreciation for the planning and execution involved in making a print by hand. i also admire husband and wife teams. i think i would go crazy arguing with my partner!

  2. Yes! I was able to meet them at Maker Faire in NYC, and was just blown away by their work and by how nice and awesome they were. Their stuff is just amazing. Love ‘em!

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