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"EVE" Woodcut by Valerie Lueth, Yellow Block

HOW DOES TUGBOAT PRINTSHOP MAKE WOODCUT PRINTS?



Tugboat Printshop's woodcuts are all made by hand using age-old printmaking techniques.


A unique handling of the traditional woodcut process has evolved through artistic practice,

always with the goal of maintaining a high standard of quality.


Drawings are made directly onto blocks of 3/4" birch plywood, first in pencil and then in pen.

When completed, the blocks are carved low relief using sharp hand-tools & knives.


Printing the "MOTH" Woodcut by Tugboat Printshop


Prints are made by applying pressure to paper laid on ink (much like stamping).


Even layers of oil-based ink are applyed with hand brayers & rollers.

Paper is placed on the inked block, which is then hand-cranked through a printing press.

Pressure transfers ink from block to paper, creating a printed impression.



Paper and Press, Tugboat Printshop Pittsburgh

WHAT MAKES A WOODCUT PRINT DIFFERENT FROM OTHER TYPES OF PRINTS?


Woodcut makes a distict printed image, different than a screenprint or digital (giclee) print.

The woodgrain of the woodblock's surface is a visible element in the printed image!

Crispness & clarity of line is very sharp and without pixelation or distortion.

There is a sculptural history in the carving of woodblock drawing.

HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE TO MAKE A WOODCUT PRINT?


Carving the "OVERLOOK" Woodcut


The time it takes to make a print depends on the image complexity & color scheme.

As a loose estimate, a print like "AMERICA THE BEAUTIFUL" took roughly 4-6 months.


Valerie drawing on the OVERLOOK Woodcut

The "OVERLOOK" woodcut (key above/print below) took a bit longer than that; more info here!

Valerie Lueth | Tugboat Printshop

"OVERLOOK" Woodcut Detail by Tugboat Printshop


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