After the inspiring Ladies of Letterpress conference last weekend, I finally got some time in the shop. There are a lot of projects ongoing, including the C&P, the foil stamper, reorganizing type in cases and cabinets, and of course working on new prints.
This weekend, the C&P finally came back to life! I finally ground down the treadle hook enough for it to make good contact with the crankshaft and everything runs very smoothly. I locked up 4 large sorts in the corners of the chase (72-point ff ligatures in Garamond Bold, as it happens- with the ends of the final f broken off) and the platen seems to be level, so no adjusting needed yet. New rollers and trucks from NA Graphics, and a nice red ink for the first test- everything works! It’s great to have a good result after so much work.
Of course, the roller gauge was left hanging on the other press in Baltimore, so there are some slight adjustments that need to be made, but for a first run it’s pretty good. Check back for a look at the first printed piece, and for the rest of the weekend’s progress: a table for the foil stamper built out of a re-purposed bar top.