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Tugboat Print Shop: Astoundingly Beautiful Woodcuts

Tuesday 12.11.2012 , Posted by
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Ok, confession time: I am officially in love with Tugboat Print Shop. The prints produced by this husband and wife team have an almost addictively wholesome, organically grown aesthetic full of woodsy homes, plant growing boats and most recently a massive – and massively stylish – print of the moon.

The duo, Paul Roden and Valerie Lueth of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, work exclusively in woodcut prints. They produce each layer of color by carving blocks of wood, spreading ink and pressing it carefully onto paper. The resulting prints are impressively detailed and hold many hidden gems to explore. Just as impressive as the prints are the carved blocks which they generously photograph and share with their fans. It’s clear, no small amount of work goes into producing these excellent limited editions.

Check out our small sample of their many prints below, including a partial example of the many carved blocks used to produce them. Once your appetite is properly whetted, follow these two on Twitter, Flickr, Facebook, then head to their blog and Tugboat Print Shop for a load more.

Ready to see the process behind one of their more complex prints: Farm Barge? Below you’ll see the many woodcuts and the individual prints needed to build the final print.

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Benjamin Starr

Written by Benjamin Starr



Known in some circles as the most amazing man in the universe, he once saved an entire family of muskrats from a sinking, fire engulfed steamboat while recovering from two broken arms relating to a botched no-chute wingsuit landing in North Korea. When not impressing people with his humbling humility, he can be found freelance writing, finding shiny objects on the internet, enjoying the company of much-appreciated friends and living out his nomadic nature. He is Managing Editor of Visual News. Follow his movements on Twitter:

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