- First Name
- Last Name
- Press Name
- Vintage Services
- Western Australia
- Website or Blogsite
- Year You Started with Letterpress
- How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing
When I was 11 years (way back in 1956) old a friend got an Adana press which kindled my interest in printing. My Dad made me a small hinged press and I gleaned type and blocks from business houses to play at printing. My John Bull rubber stamp outfit and a collection of rubber stamps are still around somewhere in the shed.
In 1979 a young chap that had belonged to a youth club I conducted back when a YMCA youth worker, contacted me as he'd bought out a back-yard printer to set up on his own. The gear he acquired included an Arab handfed, treadle platen press (in pieces) and I bought it from him together with five founts of type (one of which was in a saucepan - I quickly learnt the lay of a case) I put the press together (it was disassembled) and printed off a few sticky labels for my daughter's school books.
My father was still alive then and could remember using a press like this back around 1916 as a youth and he had a go as well. There is a bit of printers ink in the family as I had an uncle who was a compositor and linotype operator. My brother at one stage worked for a firm in Victoria, Australia setting out advertisements in metal before he went into the advertising industry and became a high flyer (literally as he was the advertising executive for a major airline).
Fortunately a friend of mine was a factory manager for a large jobbing printing company and is a comp by trade. I've learned a lot from him over the years and we now co-own a factory unit where we keep most of our letterpress equipment.
- Presses & Equipment
Operable: Two Arab presses (c1880s)- one foolscap folio size and the other crown folio size, a Model No 3, two Adana 8x5 presses, a Golding Official No 4 (1892), a Poco proof press, a Farley proof press; a Haddon proof press (heavy roller type); Gem No 1 guillotine (made by Thompson, Manchester); 1 Ludlow; Douglas saw, Douglas super surfacer, Rouse powered mitre cutter; Rosback style treadle pin perforator; numerous racks of Ludlow mats; too many cases of handset type; Virco heat machine; and a huge (read as bloody heavy) pin perforator that has been converted to cut out jigsaw puzzles (was originally used to perforate stamps) and a small but growing collection of Hemphill style wedge quoins.
Awaiting rollers or other bits: a Golding Pearl No 1 5x8(1905); an Improved Pearl; an Adana 5x8; an Adana H/S2; Adana TP/48 (electric); Excelsior 5x8; 2 more Ludlows (Model L); Hot foil press (well it works - sort of), Arab foolscap folio press. There's also an Elrod that we co-own and that neither of us have learnt how to work....yet.
- Education & Training
Had some once. Left school just before 15th Birthday; went back later and picked up a degree somewhere and also did some museum studies and other things.
- Work History
- as it relates to letterpress printing: I'm a hobby printer - self (with help from others) taught. Bureaucrat by day job, frustrated printer on weekends.
- Other Interests & Hobbies
Vintage motoring in my 1928 Dodge and running classic car events/rallies/displays; collecting Western Australian commercial history and ephemera; collecting old bottles and artefacts; conducting collectors fairs; trying not to be a pompous ass; trying to play the pipe organ; having fun with the English language etc etc etc. Other interests include my wife and three off-spring and three grand children.
- Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
- Birth Year