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Wayback Wednesday

A couple of years ago, I got a lovely Kelsey 5×8 Excelsior Press Model U letterpress. I acquired it from the awesome bookbinder Stephanie Gibbs, who posted it on the Book Arts listserv.

Kelsey letterpress

Kelsey letterpress

Kelsey letterpress

Kelsey letterpress

It’s in fantastic shape. Stephanie even threw in a bunch of type with the press. Lucky me!

Sadly, I haven’t used it yet – I don’t have all of the equipment needed to run a press. I have¬† been working on that over the past couple of years, but it’s slow going. So far, I have a galley and wood furniture.

I’ve been offered help in setting up my press by another wonderful Stephanie (and book artist) – Stephanie Wolff. She recently guest starred in the Tour de Lead Graffiti, a fabulous letterpress project inspired by the Tour de France. I own six prints from the first year of the project.

Hopefully it won’t take another two years to actually use the press!

So what do you think? I'd love to know!

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