Hope of Gutwrench Press, posted the following on her blog following the Paul Moxon Vandercook Maintenance workshop. We’re pleased to share it with you here. To view the original post go to http://gutwrenchpress.blogspot.com/2013/01/vandercook-weekend.html
Gutwrench Press is dedicated to handmade paper crafts, printing and communication through fine art, zines and the Keep Writing postcard project. We have recently re-located to Oakland, California from Louisiana. We do print custom work so feel free to contact us with any inquiries. You can check our blog for printing updates, and join the Keep Writing mailing list to receive a monthly, hand-printed postcard. Hope
I once told a papermaker friend that I tell papermakers I am a printmaker and vice versa. Maybe it seems like I am lowering the bar as an excuse for myself but I am just giving myself more room to learn all around. This weekend, I found myself explaining that I print equally on platen presses and flatbed Vandercooks as I had the opportunity to take a Vandercook Maintenance class with Paul Moxen at the San Francisco Center for the Book. All of my internship hours were worth the chance to take apart sections of presses I have used to create many years of postcards.
For non-letterpress friends, this might be a little nerdy. Paul Moxen probably knows more about Vandercook machines and history than anyone in the US now. He is a great collector of stories and information, constantly gathering more. He keeps a registry of Vandercook presses in the world, to which I added the beauty in our garage. I also had the chance to meet someone who has the same press we have, a motorized Universal 1 with an adjustable bed and automatic feeder. I look forward to emailing Chip at Quail Lane Press next time our press makes that weird noise as I print another postcard.
I won’t bore you with details of what I learned but a few things started to make sense about presses I have used before (oh the LSU Vandercooks need love). Maybe I will post some photos when Ben and I have a chance to clean up ours.