In the press room of San Damiano Friary and ready to be reassembled with fly wheel, drive shaft, ink plate, throw-off, motor, etc. Br. Jude is an horologist and skilled clock maker as well as printer, so Pax et Bonum Press shares space with the watch and clock maker’s tools.
The Salkinville Horror seen during its descent; partner Arlie below getting ready to bail fast if the cable breaks.
The press is now in place and it has been determined there will be about 4” total clearance between the doorposts, so positioning the press now is very necessary to the success of the enterprise. The descent is 33% down, so it was to be lowered by a winch from the forklift. Unfortunately there wasn’t enough room for the forklift between the press and the permanent planter boxes (behind the camera), so chains and two “come-alongs” had to be attached to the bed of the truck; then we ran out of cable on the “come-alongs” with 18” still to go, so with the press now near the bottom of the ramp, the forklift was put into place and a chain attached in place of the “come-alongs” and it was lowered the remaining 18” to the floor. the middle wheels of the skates are larger than the outer wheels, so they can be manipulated fairly easily by hand. Ted Salkin on the left, master of the show, and Br. Juniper, strong man of the Friary, on the right.
A number of years ago American Steel abandoned its site in West Oakland; it has since become a city block of artists & builders of all kinds. With five overhead gantry cranes & space sufficient to build a three story house with room to spare in its huge bays, it now houses many people who work with fire, iron, steel, wood, ceramics, painters, printers, etc. David Johnston of Sharp Teeth Press has relocated to this amazing hive of activity with his letterpress studio & type foundry equipment. David is seen here in an image he calls “the three cuties,” himself, the lovely Joesey & the lovely Monotype casting machine in the process of making it ready to cast type. You can find out more about David at Sharp Teeth Press
American Steel Studios is hosting an open house this weekend, May 18-20 starting at 11:00. Enter from 20th Street & stroll in to Bay #5 & you will find David on the left. Click on the About link to see an interesting video of the environment. There is also a “clean area” which houses the artists’ gallery as well as fine art printers & painters. Rebecca Peters has her Rebpeters Press in this area; she does fine letterpress work as well.