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A Package From Romania

A Package From Romania

Been looking at some wood type by PetrescuPress (Now Wood Type Customs) on ebay and etsy. They are out of Romania and the price seems very reasonable. So I decided to buy some simple motifs to see if it looked as good in real life. The package finally arrived, all the way from Romania. It’s not an overnight delivery… It takes a while. But a first impression is that it is well worth the wait. The quality looks good. I haven’t inked ’em up yet, but I hope to soon. I bought 8-line Palmette Motifs No. 5, 7 and 10. I also picked up some 8-line mixed stars. The best thing is that the Palmette Motifs No. 7 and 10 give me some more options when used with my Virgin Wood Type’s 8-line Wolske...
A Day at the Fair – Bay Area Printers’ Fair.

A Day at the Fair – Bay Area Printers’ Fair.

This was our second year going to the San Jose Printer’s Guild’s event. Officially called the S.F. Bay Area Printers’ Fair & Wayzgoose. As usual this is a small gathering of like minded individuals who enjoy the art and history of letterpress printing. It’s a good opportunity to purchase items for our studio. It is a long process, building a studio. Right now we are lucky if we can add a font or two, here or there. At this years event we were able to add some nice wood type and lead type to our collection. Letterpress Things had a nice selection, but wood type is a sought after commodity in the eyes of aspiring letterpress enthusiast. So it was selling fast. Picked up a pizza box full of 10-line all cap serif font (looks very much like De Vinne, there are a few little variations). Always nice to see sets sold complete, as opposed to per letter. I was also happy to see Skyline Type Foundry made the journey from Arizona. Nice to add some of his unique offerings of fonts to our type cases. We added 24pt Clematis and 24pt Caxtonian. M & H Type had a table this year. Another great source. Picked up a small perpetual calendar Handy Font No. 703 18pt. I’m sure given the time and money I could spend a lot if I spent more time around Skyline’s and M&H Type’s table . They would be dangerous company for my pocket book. Also, it’s always nice to pick up a few tubes of ink from Dave Robinson.   S.F. Bay Area Printers' Fair...
The Letterpress Shop’s New Bike

The Letterpress Shop’s New Bike

To say we have a new bike for our studio implies that we had an old one – We didn’t. I just thought it would be fun to have a cruiser bike. Something a little slower pace than a feather light road bike or an off-road mountain bike. These days I just want to peddle slow and relax. You could say this bike is similar to what you would of rode if you had a paper route. Usually the bike would have been a Schwinn Cruiser. Now the the entire category of Cruiser bikes has expanded to include Beach Cruisers, Rat Bikes, Retro, and Customs. If You're Not On Your Press, Get On Your Bike and Ride! The bike is gorgeous right of the bat. Nevertheless, there is always the need to customize and accessorize. The first thing, of coarse, was to brand the wood tank plate with the letterpress studio’s logo. Secondly, The brown slats looked okay, but genuine oak slats are a nice touch. Big fan of Electra Bicycles. Quality product and attention to details. Now both my wife and I ride Electra. Wheel Away Bike Shop We all have our favorite bike shops. Wheel Away in Campbell, CA has always treated me right. They carry quality bikes and are very knowledgeable. Good guys and great service! There are some really cool bicycles out on the market. Companies like Electra and Felt are making things interesting. Especially if you’re looking to shift less gears. Didn’t get to go to the Picker’s Nashville store. But I had already purchased this Hatch poster a few years...
Our Trip to Hatch

Our Trip to Hatch

While planning our vacation to the South, Anita asked me if there was some place I really wanted to see. I said if we’re in Nashville I’d love to see Hatch Show Print. I would have been happy just gazing over their beautiful shop and hanging out in the gift shop. My wonderful wife booked a guided tour where we learned more about the history of Hatch. We even got to print our own commemorative poster. I credit hatch for sparking my interest in letterpress printing. Hatch Show Print — Letterpress A Must See For Anyone Who Loves Letterpress! Saw this Poster back in 2008 in Seattle. Don’t know why I didn’t Buy it then. If you’re in Nashville and you want one Hatch Poster it should be a classic Hank Williams. Every letterpress studio should have a coffee cup from Hatch Show Print. Didn’t get to go to the Picker’s Nashville store. But I had already purchased this Hatch poster a few years...
More Big Wood Type

More Big Wood Type

A while back I posted that I had found some big wood type.  50-line, 8.25″ tall. The letter are “H,O,T and Z.” These were purchased at an Antique mall in Monterey, CA back in 2013. Well, imagine my surprise when I wondered into an antique store in Walnut Creek, CA almost two years latter and find more big letters. The letters O(x3), another Z, F,T and L.  I’ll plan to modify one of my 4 Os to make a cap C. I’ve also been working on carving some new letters from walnut veneer...