What a feast of friendship, type, talk and memories. The APA RetroGoose is over but not all the good feelings it left behind. Over 40 APA members and several spouses came from around the country, joined by a strong network of Colorado printers….
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Steady stream of teens kept board members Alex Jimenez and Tom Parson busy at the presses today at MCA Denver.
What a joy to see - glorious type made from pantograph-cut hand-finished hard maple. A visit to Virgin Wood Type Manufacturing Company in Rochester, NY was one highlight of the ATF conference our Executive Director Tom Parson went to this summer. Co-founder Geri McCormick and Matt Rieck and Jim Grieshabe displayed their equipment and type including their newest chromatic type.
Depot executive director Tom Parson and board member Marc Silberman worked the roller proof press and the Curtis and Mitchell Columbian platen press for those attending Sheridan Celebrates on September 24, 2016.
In 1994, the Depot was moved from Sheridan to its current location. And this past Saturday, Sheridan came to the Depot for a VIP event to honor those who worked so hard on Sheridan Celebrates. Depot executive director Tom Parson printed for the crowd, along with board members Kim Morski, Jason Wedekind and Patti Parson. Organizer Jean Ray was there, along with Sheridan Mayor Dallas Hall, City Council members Tara Beiter-Fluhr and Sally Daigle and other community supporters. They all got to hear Sheridan idol Michael Cox sing. He will be singing again (and Tom printing again) at Sheridan Celebrates, September 24. (See http://www.letterpressdepot.com/events/.)
9800 feet on a cool day with the smell of sage pungent in the air. This past weekend, board members Tom Parson, Marc Silberman and Patti Parson were at Como Roundhouse, the last remaining stone narrow gauge roundhouse in Colorado, to print on a 12x15 C&P Gordon Old Style press and talk Depot talk. We bonded over printing and railroads and vintage equipment with hundreds of people from the mountain communities, from Denver, from Wisconsin and Minnesota. And then there were two young women who had biked from Banff, and stopped on their way to the Mexico border! Besides the C&P, there was a non-working Miehle Pony press used to print the Fairplay Flume. One last page still set up on a chase - an announcement about burro races, with the band Zephy and appearances by Allen Ginsberg and Peter Orlovsky. What a frozen moment in time!
Oh and the thing that was missing? A way to power the C&P. No motor…that was ok. But no treadle either. All depended on an inexhaustible left arm on the flywheel, which Tom supplied.
Join us tomorrow morning at the depot for a visit with Sky Shipley of Skyline Type Foundry, 10 to noon, Thursday, June 29, 2016.
Returning from the Amalgamated Printers Association's annual Wayzgoose this week in St Louis, on his way back to the foundry in Prescott, Arizona, Sky has a truckload of beautiful newly cast printing type available!
His full catalog of type, ornaments, borders & initials is online at https://skylinetype.com.
Skyline offers affordable fonts of the best metal printing type being cast today, including classic and modern designs and numerous extraordinary and rare 19th century typefaces. Questions and discussion welcome!
Englewood Letterpress Depot is located on the corner of West Dartmouth and South Galapago in Englewood, Colorado, just off Santa Fe Drive.
Rehabilitation of the historic depot as a Living Museum of Letterpress Printing, Typography, Design, Poetry & Art, and other projects of Englewood Depot, Inc, may be followed on our website www.letterpressdepot.com and on social media.
For further info: 720.480.5358.
It was great to see all those who came to our meetup, to hear new connections form over letterpress and design conversations, and to discover Our Mutual Friend Brewery Two hours became four hours and still the talk went on. We will definitely do this again!
The Depot welcomes a host of new faces, experiences, and officers to our board. All of those involved are focused on community, art, design, history or printing.
Peter Bergman, an Assistant Professor of Communication Design at MSU Denver, who was been with the Depot project since the start, is our new president. Jason Wedekind, a stalwart board member and principal of Genghis Kern Design and Letterpress has taken on the role of Vice President. Brad Hammond, a Certified fraud examiner at CBIZ HMH, LLC, is our new treasurer. Other new board members include; Alexandra Jimenez, program director at the Platte Forum; Kim Morski, printmaker and artist book maker; Mike Ruberto, a Professor in the Multimedia Graphic Design department at Front Range Community College; Marc Silberman, a printer with strong philatelic bent; and Ian Van Mater, a MAC expert at Apple.
Staying with us are Alicita Rodriguez, Wilson Thomas, executive director Tom Parson and secretary Patti Parson.
We are forever grateful to those board members who are leaving – Lonnie Smith, David Ashley, Karen Jones and Jimi Bernath – for all the support they have provided and continue to do so.
Students from Front Range Community College got to learn about letterpress while designing their own business cards. Depotians and master printers Tom Parson and Peter Bergman lent a hand in the Metro State University of Denver print shop, as did their teacher Mike Ruberto, who also is on the Depot board. Spreading the word about letterpress and getting ink on everyone's hands is in the DNA of the Letterpress Depot - so we look forward to leading more workshops. Email us for details: firstname.lastname@example.org.
The WWBD workshop - What Would Brad Vetter Do - was a weekend of pressure plate printing, wood type, ice cream (in honor of Hamilton) and a lot of fun. A $200 level perk for the Pressing On film, it brought people from around the country to Denver. Jason Wedekind, Tom Parson and Jeff Shepherd filled in for Brad at Genghis Kern. Slideshow of the printers and their work below.
After taking workshops with the Depot, German Murillo of the Antique Photography Studio wrote two wonderful blogs
- 20 steps to creating a Christmas card, from making the paper with Ray Tomasso, learning to print at a Depot workshop, burning polymer plates with Tom Parson and sewing the card with wife and daughter http://antiquephotostudio.blogspot.com/2014/12/merry-christmas-and-beautiful-new-year.html
- on the the experience of letterpress and of Depot workshops: http://antiquephotostudio.blogspot.com/2014/12/aboard-letterpress-experience.html
Treats for the holidays!
Woohoo we’re official! This week we received final confirmation from IRS that the Letterpress Depot is a non profit –a 501(c)(3). We’ve been “pending” since November. That means all donations to us are now officially tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Thanks to Executive Director Tom Parson for tackling the application, and our wonderful active board for helping see it all through: President Lonnie Smith; Vice-President Jason Wedekind; board members David Ashley, Peter Bergman, Jim Bernath, Karen Jones, and Wilson Thomas, and me, the secretary and blogger.
But we could use some extra hands and heads. We are looking for someone familiar with accounting (CPA?) who could volunteer some time. And an affordable licensed contractor who would like to work on a project such as the Depot. Not to mention some help on lawn maintenance as needed (Lonnie and wife Sandy, Wilson, Tom and I have all been down with the grass and the weeds—thanks!)
In other news, the traveling workshop has started (for some pix from that, click on Workshops at the top of the page). And Tom and Patti just came back from the ATF Conference in Salem, New Hampshire. No, that’s not an Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms reunion but rather the American Typecasting Fellowship (a nod to the American Type Founders of past renown). It’s a biannual gathering of all those interested in type- and line-casting and it was just a fascinating bunch to be with. Frank Romano, director of the Museum of Printing in North Andover, Massachusetts was the generous host, and ATF founder and guiding spirit Rich Hopkins regaled the crowd with tales of how he acquired all his casters. There was one particularly gruesome image of old monotype casters being forklifted into dumpsters when Rich couldn’t fit all 12 being discarded into his pickup—or his shop. Frank and Rich also had a lively duel on monotype versus linotype: their expertise also clear in their gorgeous books – Rich’s Tolbert Lanston and the Monotype (http://bit.ly/1wzriQp) and Frank’s History of the Linotype Company (http://amzn.to/1pd7JJS) - two must-haves for anyone interested in printing and type history. These will be in our depot library collection!
Also speaking at the conference - Frank Brannon of Speakeasy Press who has been working with Ed Rayher of Swamp Press to cast type of the Cherokee language. Frank came across a syllabary of the language that Sequoyah created in 1821 and it became his life’s passion to get it cast and spread the knowledge. Ed took up the challenge. Now it is being used in North Carolina to pass on the language as well as the art of printing.
Two apprentices from M&H Type —Mark Sagianis and Chris Godek – told of their adventures being thrown into the world of casting. The apprentices there have to commit to 4 years at minimum wage, and then they are expected to stay on afterwards. Their enthusiasm and sheer joy about their work was infectious.
Greg Walters of Piqua, Ohio described the challenges of casting 120 point type Cloister Initials on a huge pivotal caster obtained at the American Type Founders auction in 1993; Stan Nelson(formerly with the Smithsonian) described and demonstrated his molds for hand-casting type; Bill Welliver gave a full update on his system for computer interface with the Monotype composition caster - there were talks on just about every type of casting equipment, a swap meet and auction, endless delicious food (including one unforgettable 5 course Italian dinner) and connections with wonderful typenuts all around the world.
Below: Gary Gregory who prints as Ben at the Old North Church; George Hamilton who flew in from Austria; Bill Welliver with slides of his work; Stan Nelson and Rich Hopkins; Tom, Gary, and Stan; and Sky Shipley and some of the fonts he has cast at Skyline Type Foundry.
Things have been very busy in Depot-land. Our traveling workshop, which starts next weekend, sold out in one week - 7 students, 4 teachers, 4 printshops, 4 days. More workshops to come in the future. Tom Parson also held his first one-on-one workshop - $100 for 4 hours. If interested, email us at email@example.com.
The Book & Paper Fair (slideshow below) was a wonderful time for all-things Book Arts. Tom printed, David Ashley calligraphed names, and Karen Jones explained book conservation. The Depot, the Colorado Calligraphers Guild, the Guild of Bookworkers and Book Arts League all were represented. It was a great time to meet others interested in book arts, and spread the word about the Depot. This past weekend, Tom and I again printed - this time at a birthday party, where guests were encouraged to join, and several did.
On the building end, meetings with architects, civil engineers and others ongoing; some weed-whacking and planting too. If you'd like to volunteer for anything - trenching, re-orienting leaks, putting together shelves, helping with the next event, or if you know an accountant/CPA who might volunteer their skills - email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you missed PBS NewsHour's coverage of Arion Press, check it out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta6h2OZV2z4
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Glenn Moore and his family generously donated their dad's incredible print shop. Volunteers rallied to move it into a 48' trailer until the Depot is ready for such treasures. Here is a slideshow of that effort.
Special thanks to our moving team: Glenn Moore, Heather Page, Patti & Tom Parson, Ed Popovitch, Susan Porteous, Marc & Darrien Silberman, Lonnie Smith, Doug Sorenson, Wilson Thomas, Ray Tomasso and Jason Wedekind. Follow us on twitter @letpressdepot