This press belongs to Dick Taylor Craft Chocolate, but I use it for nearly all my print jobs. Having a motor attached is quite a luxury!
The Vandercook allows me to print on sheets up to 18”x24” with beautiful ink coverage and registration.
I use oil-based ink, and mix special colors by hand. This can make the density and color of prints vary within a run. Yay for handmade!
I love to carve blocks by hand. If I could do one thing for the rest of my life, this would be it.
Sometimes I set type by hand using vintage lead or wood type. Sometimes I’m also able to use vintage images from my collection.
When a job is too specific for old type, I can design something new and have it turned into a plastic plate to print from.
The video below shows me printing on my 1907 Chandler & Price 10x15. It’s a treadle-operated press and quite a workout!
Video and editing by Muir Adams. Circa 2014.