Good & Bad News from the Printing Studio. . .

Posted on July 19, 2017 by Yoshiko Yamamoto

As you might know, we use various antique letterpress printing presses made between the 1890s and the 1960s for making our note cards and prints. We pamper them daily, cleaning and oiling to ensure smooth and long-term operation. 

Sadly one of our workhorses, Heidelberg Cylinder printing press has been making random noises that are getting louder and louder. Our press mechanic hasn’t been able to find the root of problem. And so the press is sitting idly now. That’s the bad news. 
But the good news is that we’re getting another old Heidelberg Cylinder letterpress and a platen press, Windmill from our framer friend, Dard Hunter. In two weeks these marvelous presses will arrive on our doorstep, ready to print for us the artwork-quality greeting cards and calendars. 
I’m truly grateful for all the talents and expertise of those who make our unique operation possible, from Ralph Reed (our press mechanic), John Lacky, Lance Kanski and Andre Chaves (printer colleagues), to many friends. Thank you to all of you for putting up with my frantic emails and phone calls!! 
I can say that it surely takes a whole village to keep the letterpress printing alive!

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