Hell Roarin' Print Shop

Hell Roarin' Print Shop
1897 Chandler & Price at the Museum's Print Shop

Friday, May 13, 2016

Spring is here and so are the new Rollers!

Butte Brewing Co. original can from the Museum

CHEERS!! The new rollers for the 8"x12" Chandler & Price printing press have arrived, and let me tell you what, they are a thing of beauty. We had Ramco Roller in San Dimas, CA recover them for us, as well as put new tires on our trucks, and they look awesome!


After (I love this shag carpet!)

I spent 3 days last week cleaning the Hell Roarin' Print shop. I oiled the C&P from head to toe,  cleaned, redistributed type, unburied a granite inking slab from miscellaneous supplies, and organized the reglets and furniture. Sometimes I think my personality type was designed for finding the places where things are supposed to go, to find their families.

This is something I love about letterpress, that everything should have a place. Some of my most relaxing and fulfilling days have been spent sorting type. I once totally lost my cool at MSU in Bozeman and alphabetized and sorted 17 cases of wood type (probably over 30 fonts). It felt so good!

People have been asking me what I'm doing after this residency, and I just keep hoping that I will get to sort type to make the fonts whole again. Someone give me a Hell Bucket of type and I'll sort every last little bit.

Can I get paid to do that?