Whatever. Gender’s a drag. You know what is the opposite of a drag? Letterpress printing. I have run a similarly-sized Chandler and Price press as shown here, but she’s so fast. And that lightning-quick throw-off lever! Damn, girl.
People who really know how to use machines, particularly machines that can make wonderful things, like printing presses, are some of my favorite people.
Timelapse video by: merrickanderson. It’s more fun to operate this Chandler and Price press with two people. One cranks the wheel (we jerry-rigged it with a pull rope since we don’t have a treadle) and the other person feeds the paper.
We made a little over 150 Valentines Day cards, and had a blast doing it. I want this to be my job. I want to own a Chandler and Price press.
My friend Kevin walks viewers through his Bellingham print shop for CSPAN, showing his craft and the sturdy, historical presses that make it possible: “As the world becomes more virtual, i think there’s a swing in the other direction, balancing it out a bit, where people want to have some tangible connection.” He and Carly’s work at Bison Bookbinding is thoughtful & exquisite, and I’m honored to have friends that use their hands and hearts to create things of beauty.
"When your buying something that’s made with so much intention, it has more presence…”