Wow...I met Loren via email yesterday and I have to tell you...his work and stories that accompany each print are riveting. Loren sent me links to a list of his works which I will add to the bottom of this story.


We picked some of our favorites of Loren's work. My top favorite is the Peter Lorre piece. You should read the bio of Mr. Lorre that Loren added. Incredible life...

I was very interested in Loren's technique and he kindly sent me exactly what it takes to make these carvings..

Boris Karloff

First, I find an old photo or image that I like. The greater the contrast the better. From this photo I make an initial pencil sketch.I transfer the pencil sketch to a linoleum block then I begin carving. I use standard woodcutting blades and other odd tools I've picked up from flea markets (dental tooth cleaners, awls, exacto blades).

Once the image is carved, I clean the block then I apply a thin layer of ink using a roller. I place a piece of acid-free, archival paper atop the inked block and I hand apply pressure on the back of the paper using a Japanese Baren (this is a hand tool that looks kind of like an air-hockey paddle, though thinner).

Each print is entirely unique based on the spread of ink and the amount of pressure applied when printing. The entire process takes 40-60 hours depending on the print.

Jack Palance

If I make a mistake during the carving I have to live with it. Small mistakes are fine...they add to the organic nature of the process. Large mistakes mean I have to throw away the block and start from scratch. This is frustrating but it forces me to slow down and stay in the moment.
This is what I love about the process.

It can't be rushed. In these days when everything is moving so fast and furious it's nice to have an activity that forces me to take my time and relax.

It guess woodcutting is my personal yoga. Loren...

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