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 Jesse & 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.