Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Merry Christmas!

I hope you all have an excellent Holiday Season.

from Pheasant Press

Friday, June 1, 2012

Polishing the Brass

Last night Kevin and I got the pieces of the roller carriage (roller arms?) off and I soaked them in evapo rust.  Today while Finnegan was napping I polished them up with some brasso. They looked so nice I thought I would do a before/after post.




Thursday, May 31, 2012

Bringing home the press

My dad managed to get the press out with his forklift and bring it home to me.





This is what it looked like the day we pulled it out. Yikes! We were able to get the impression roller loosened and rolled it across the top a few times. I can't wait to run it for real.

Oh, and I found out it is a Vandercook 219 NS. I've already got it listed in the Vandercook Census, so now I HAVE to restore it. :)

This is what the press looked like after a few days of work:


I have been soaking the bed with evapo rust, and it is finally starting to make a difference. As the larger pieces come off the press, I take them to my dad's shop for sandblasting. I think it is going to look nice when finished, I just hope we can get it working properly.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Rusted Vandercook = New Project

I finally found a Vandercook project!

The first step is to get it out and back to my studio, then we can assess the possibilities.  It has been sitting outside for years and is pretty rusty. I am hoping to go back today or tomorrow to retrieve it. The press is a Vandercook 215 or a 4, we aren't sure yet. Luckily the owner kept the inking distribution rollers inside, so they are in a little better condition.




Wish me luck getting this thing out! And if you have any tips on Vandercook restoration, please tell me.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Wood Type - A Case of Numbers

I finally got around to sorting and cleaning all the wood type I got a few weeks ago. I mostly ended up with numbers and punctuation, but I'm sure I can find a way to use that. I have a lead on two proof presses, so hopefully soon I will be able to put this type into action. I suppose I could test it out on my C&P or windmill, but I have those all set up for photopolymer. I have some extra chases though, so I might lock up something fun and see how this stuff prints.


This is the case of numbers. I also have a full case of punctuation I cleaned up that I need to photograph.

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Cleaning Type Cases

I got some new wood type this weekend from a lovely gentleman in Oklahoma. What he had left was pretty picked over, but I got a large set of numbers that I am excited to use. He also threw in a case of lead type which was looking pretty nasty. However, now that I spent the afternoon sorting and cleaning it I am glad that I took it. I'm not sure what the font is, any ideas??