Printer Information

Participant Info

First Name
Barbara
Last Name
Hauser
Press Name
Lunada Bay Letterpress & Pelican's Way Press
City
Palos Verdes Estates
State
California
Country
United States
Website or Blogsite
pelicanswaypress.wordpress.com/
Year You Started with Letterpress
2006
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing

In 1973 I had occasion to visit Princeton University Press, which was still printing some books letterpress. Type, ink, paper! I don't think I blinked once during my tour. Then one day, many years later, a devastatingly charming greeting card arrived in my mailbox. On the back it said “printed on an antique press.” People still printed that old-fashioned way! I found out that letterpress classes were being offered less than an hour from my house. Gerald Lange was the teacher -- what luck! Within a year I had set up a studio in my living room.

Presses & Equipment

Vandercook No. 4, slug cutter, miterer, foundry type, ornaments, and a tiny library of printing books.

Education & Training

BA in English and Philosophy, MBA in Finance and Investments, four letterpress classes at Otis College of Art and Design, and daily check-ins with Briar Press and Letpress members. Plus I'm always reading some printing book.

Work History

Writer/editor for academic journals and in the aerospace industry; project management systems coordinator for military contracts; and a long stint as a stay-at-home mom. I think I shall remain a letterpress hobbyist, working my way up to small editions of hand-bound books. I distribute my things as gifts, through printers' exchanges and collaborative projects, and at the occasional group exhibit or printers fair.

Other Interests & Hobbies

Watercolor painting, photography, piano playing, martial arts (currently tai chi), cooking and baking (especially pies), gardening (especially tomatoes), reading (literary novels and diverse nonfiction), and simple pleasures with friends and family.

Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
APHA, Fine Press Book Association
Birth Year
1948
Your Photo or Press Photo

Predefined Group Memberships

APA: Amalgamated Printers Association
AAPA: Amatuer American Press Association
APHA: American Printing History Association
ATF: American Typecasting Fellowship
BPs: British Printing Society
LOLP: Ladies of Letterpress

NAPA: National Amateur Press Association