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Last Updated: April 9, 2022

Abigail Rorer

Eye of Rhino
wood engraving

Wood Engraving

Abigail Rorer was born in Norristown, Pennsylvania in 1949, received a BFA in Printmaking from the Rhode Island School of Design in 1971, and taught art for several years before concentrating on her own work: pen and ink book illustration and making etchings.

Drawn to the woodcuts and wood engraving of the German Expressionists and especially the work of Leonard Baskin, she was introduced to the basic tools and techniques of wood engraving by Barry Moser. Self-taught in her approach to wood engraving, she pursues a technique of “practice, practice, practice”, and “keep looking at the work of other engravers”. 

In 1989 Abigail established The Lone Oak Press, a sole proprietorship publisher of limited edition, letterpress-printed broadsides illustrated with her relief engravings and etchings, in Petersham, MA. Imagery is printed by Abigail from original blocks and plates with many of the images being multi-block color engravings incorporating reduction printing and sometimes hand coloring. Abigail exhibits at book arts fairs and festivals both in the U.S. and the U.K. She has published a number books, the bindings of which are collaborations with others more knowledgeable in bookmaking.

Spring Rite
wood engraving
4.5" x 7.25"
$150

The Stumpery
wood engraving
8.5" x 10.5"
$140

Wander Alone Like a Rhinoceros
wood engraving
6" x 4.75"
$135

Downeast Maine
wood engraving
6.3" x 4.3"
$135

Skunk Cabbage
wood engraving
5" x 6.5"
$130

Alpine Cliff
wood engraving
6.8" x 6.8"
$125

Eritrichium Nanum I, The King of the Alps
wood engraving
6.75" x 3.75"
$125

Passenger Pigeon, Extinct in 1914, Morte - Dead
wood engraving
4.5" x 3.5"
$165

Gastric Brooding Frog, Extinct in 1983, Dedecus - Shame
wood engraving
4.5" x 3.5"
$165

The Dodo, Extinct in 1690, R.I.P - Rest in Peace
wood engraving
4.5" x 3.5"
$165

Bison, almost extinct in 1890 - Silent as Witness
wood engraving
4.5" x 3.5"
$165

Counting Wood Turtles
wood engraving
4.5" x 7.25"
$140

Eye of Rhino
wood engraving
4.5" x 3.5"
$130

Western Black Rhinoceros, Extinct in 2011, Aeternus - Forever
wood engraving
4.5" x 3.5"
$165

Mark Twain
wood engraving
7" x 4.25"
$110

Stillwater Swamp
wood engraving
6.5" x 6"
$115

Maple Tree II
etching
5.75" x 3.5"
$115

Robert Frost and Gillie
wood engraving
6" x 5"
$110

Tidewrack
wood engraving
6.5" x 5"
$110

Wander Alone Like a Rhinoceros
wood engraving
6" x 4.5"
$135

Nuthatch
wood engraving
3" x 6"
$110

Say Cheese
wood engraving
5.5" x 4.5"
$110

Bufo the First
wood engraving
2.5" x 3"
$110

Phoebe
wood engraving
2" x 3"
$90

Ready to Jump
wood engraving
2" x 3"
$80

Spring Peeper
wood engraving
1.5" x 2"
$70

Early Morning
wood engraving
3" x 2"
$70

Chauvet Cave
wood engraving
6" x 4.5"
$135

Fresh Snow
wood engraving
3" x 2"
$70

The Stumpery
wood engraving
8.5" x 10"
$140

An Idea of Geometry; Celebrating the Gannets of Cape St. Mary's (Newfoundland)
wood engraving
7.5" x 5.75"
$180

Extinction
wood engraving
9.25" x 7"
$310

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