“We are PAUL RODEN + VALERIE LUETH, and together we are TUGBOAT PRINTSHOP. We have been working together since 2006 as a 2 person artist team specializing in fine art woodcut editions. Start-to-finish, we hand-craft and publish our original woodblock prints from our studios in Lawrenceville, Pittsburgh.
To make our traditionally crafted color woodcut prints, we hand carve our original drawings in low relief on blocks of 3/4″ birch plywood. Once carved, blocks are rolled up with ink and printed onto archival paper in layers to create the finished artworks. (We oftentimes create multiple blocks for a single image, with all of the blocks completely drawn & carved by hand.)
Quality is extremely important to us. In addition to the exacting care we take every step of the way in the making of our hand-crafted images, all of our prints are printed with top-shelf oil-based inks onto fine papers. If cared for properly, Tugboat Printshop’s woodcut prints will last many lifetimes.
Almost all of our available artworks are made by the two of us. We simplify & streamline our message through collaboration—-taking the best of our abilities and applying them to the conception, realization, and production of quality images in print. It is our hope that our prints provide pleasure while also inspiring new ways of thinking about our world.” Tugboat Printshop