Printer Information

Participant Info

First Name
Last Name
Press Name
ARK Press
New Zealand
Website or Blogsite
Year You Started with Letterpress
How You Got Involved In Letterpress Printing
<p style="text-align: justify;">From the age of 10 when I became proficient at typing a newsletter for my school class I showed an interest in the printing process - at that time stencil duplicators and the marvel of linotype. At 13 I had the use of an Adana High Speed No 2 on which I published two issues of a six page magazine for my school friends.Fast forward 16 years (career, marriage and family) I imported an Adana HQ and that became my main press. I joined the newly formed Association of Handcraft Printers New Zealand and with the demise of commercial handset letterpress joined the band of amateur printers buying up type and all the accessories now surplus to the new era of offset printers. My first large press was a Chandler and Price 15 x 10 platen later replaced with an English Haddon Gordon platen and supplemented with an Adana 5 x 3.</p>
Presses & Equipment
<p style="text-align: justify;">I operate and have equipped two printing establishments. The ARK press is a "home" for Adanas - 5 x 3, HS2, 8 x 5, and HQ, Farley proof, Star Jobber 11 x 7 and a home-built wooden flatbed "El Crudo" Mk 1</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">The Printing Works at Cobblestones Museum in Greytown houses a Challenge Gordon platen 15 x 10 (1907), a Challenge flatbed proof press (1899), Thompson Gem No 2 platen (11 x 7) (UK 1926), Farley proof press, Penrose guillotine, Dapag (UK) ticket press</p>
Education & Training
<p style="text-align: justify;">Largely self taught in letterpress and typography over 60 years. Have also engaged in screen printing, marbling, papermaking, polymer plate making</p>
Work History
52 year career in the airline, travel and tourism industry in NZ
Other Interests & Hobbies
<p style="text-align: justify;">Broadcasting - hosted a 'listener mail' programme on Radio New Zealand International for 8 years until mid 90's. Interested in overseas radio listening (DX) since my teens.</p> <p style="text-align: justify;">On the committee of the Printing Museum in Wellington NZ - the largest collection in the country.</p>
Letterpress Group Memberships, If Any
Association opf Handcraft Printers NZ (AHP)
Birth Year
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