Hand-Fed Cylinder Proof Press Maintenance

This event is POSTPONED. Please email workshops@sfcb.org for information about future workshops.
$ 70.00

July 30th, 2020 6:30 PM

  • Instructor: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: July 30th, 2020 6:30 PM
  • Workshop End: July 30th, 2020 9:30 PM
  • Sessions: 1

Good printing comes by knowing what a press can do. In this workshop you will examine every aspect of the press with an eye toward maintaining all of its parts as well as adjusting those parts for optimal printing. Not only will you learn how to maintain the press and trouble shoot problems, you will also learn how to fix the press. Knowledge of press maintenance will not only keep the press in good working order, it will make you a better printer.  

Students will learn how to evaluate the condition of any hand-fed cylinder proof press quickly and concisely; they will learn how to adjust rollers and impression, control inking and fix simple problems. They will learn how to maintain the press through lubrication and adjustment.

*This is the perfect companion course for students enrolled in SFCB's Cylinder Core Certificate program. 

Materials to Bring: None

Workshop Fee: $70.00

Date & Time: Thursday, July 30, 2020 :: 6:30-9:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Alan Hillesheim

Alan Hillesheim has degrees in English Literature from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Thus, lost in the woods without a compass, he apprenticed at Jim Robertson's Yolla Bolly Press, over his head in the black art. There he happened upon a dysfunctional paper-folding-machine which resembled a Norwegian snow sled wrecked by six drunks. He fixed it. And then began a 23 year adventure both printing and fixing machines from the golden age of letterpress. In addition to running Digger Pine Press into the ground, he also builds wooden boats for oar and sail and, most recently, fanciful wooden toys for a four year old. He is still writing the novel he started 25 years ago, Different Eyes.

Past Student Reviews:

“Lots of practical and useful information, great instructor.”

“Loved how open ended it is. Alan is a great wealth of knowledge and tries to make the class applicable to the issues we might be having with our presses or if we’re renting studio time.”

“Great class. I appreciated that we didn't have a strictly timed agenda and had some time to just tour the press(es) while learning quite a lot about their operation by way of their maintenance.”

$ 70.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States