For the past I've been mulling over the idea of building my own printing press. I've collected pictures of home-made presses on pinterest and spent hours reading of peoples successes and failures on the internet. The last time I was this obsessed with something, I ended up with a Bernese Mountain Dog.
Well,l he turned out to be great in every possible way. So now I'll try building the press. I know from past experience that I have no talent for carpentry. I always seem to measure things wrong and saw things crookedly. I don't expect this to be a thing of beauty, but I'm really hoping it works. I'm using Charles Morgan's instructions which you can download here.
So far, photos cut pieces of lumber in my laundry room are truly boring to look at, but look at this!
I would love to have this in my laundry room!!! This was built by Christopher Clark. (Click the picture to see his Flickr). The wood is so nicely cut and it's stained. I'm envious! Hopefully mine will look a little like that. I have great plans to be making wonderful collagraphs soon!
In the mean time, here's my latest linocut, now available in my Etsy store. It is done on tracing paper and laid over a story book page.
I'll be back soon with more news on my press!
1/15/2013 12:07:27 pm
ohmygosh! that is the coolest contraption ever. Please post in progress photos. seriously, having your own printing press in the basement is uber-cool.
OK, I'll take some photos. Right now I'm cursing because lumber from the building center is not like furniture from Ikea. It says it's 2 by 4 but it's not really. It's 2 by 3/478689990!!! I need to do some major adjusting.
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