Vacation Post

Taking MacBook Pro to the beach (Friday) and will do some Illustrator design work for variety of little ‘projects’. But no press work next week – the letterpress is ‘closed’ for week :-).  Kathy and I have a very structured schedule in mind … working on the deck (in back) framing and installing 5/4″ x 4″ cedar deck boards – till about 1pm each day – then on bikes to the beach each day with books + beverages + nosh. I’m all for that schedule!

This weekend the Hudson Bay Eagles will flock at the beach for an assortment of fun and catching up (coming from as far as Maine – Pete/Jackie).

The beach deck project, at the moment, looks like this …will complete the rest of the framing and then install the deck boards (with Kathy’s expert assistance). Then there’s re-shingling of the walls, painting, horizontal 1×4 cedar on the property line fence. Then margaritas on the deck.

Press Arrives Its Destination Safely (re-post)

(I’ll be re-posting several of my old ‘blogspot/ entries … as it is content I don’t want to lose.)
When it comes to moving things – my friend Jerry is the best choice. He’s a good thinker, good risk assessor, still has most of his limbs and most importantly  – he usually says yes when I ask for help.

We started Saturday morning with pancakes at my house, then drove our Ryder truck with the 2,000 lb lift gate over to LarkPress to pick up ‘Red’. I won’t go into the all the details of trying to get a 1,050 lb object onto the lift gate (which had, in my judgement, a bit too steep a transition incline). Suffice it to say – there were some challenges and we would probably still be there ‘shuving’ without the welcome assistance of a commercial painter (read ‘angel’) who was working on the building next door.

Our litte red press is a Chandler & Price 8 x 12 – also affectionately known in the trade as a C&P 8 x 12.  One of the bonuses of a new craft (not sure where craft leaves off and technology begins) is that you get to acquire a whole new vocabulary. While I’m working on repairing or replacing the 1/4 hp variable speed motor, I also need to order some trucks (that go on either side of the inking rollers), some tympan parchment, a handful of guage pins, two qouins and qouin key to secure the bed to the chase. And like that.

Chandler & Price 8 x 12 (safely in its new home)

A Marriage Made in Heaven

When you think of the rich and splendid variety of good marriages you’ve witnessed, it’s most often the case that ‘differences’ turn out to be a very durable bond. In support of this, I submit the following:

a marriage made in heaven

a marriage made in heaven

… and happy anniversary (day late) to you Felix & Beth!