Forgetting the stories I’ve told

Forgetting the stories I've told

Some days, putting away type feels like a chore; other days, it’s a meditation, a welcome separation from the rest of the things that clutter the mind and heart. All the little words, little sentences, melt away from the stories they told. One at a time, tiny lead forms drop into their slots, waiting to be a part of words for someone else’s poem. For this hour or two, I’ll forget the world, its etiquettes, and the stories I’ve told, and simply mind my p’s and q’s.

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The book press is finished!

Finally, I’ve finished fixing up the book press. You may remember her condition from this post back in January.

Here’s what she looked like then:

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And after much experimenting with WD40, citrus based cleaners, rustoleum, and phosphoric acid, here’s what she looks like today, covered in two coats of clear satin polyurethane:

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First paid letterpress gig

Last week I was offered my first paid gig as a bookmaker. My brother Ben (one of the duo that makes up SheltonFilms) needed a book prop for a shoot last Saturday.

If you ever find yourself needing to do the same, this is my process:

1. Purchase a cheap book from a thrift store, library, or used book store. Using wheat paste to loosen the glue, rip off the cover and end sheets.

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2. Make some new end sheets, and tip these in using PVA. Masking with painters tape before adding glue helps keep things tidy.

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3. Print a new cover on book cloth. This is off of the lockup featured last week.

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4. Wrap book cloth over old cover, glue to end sheets, and press!

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Back

I’ve been gone for awhile. I’m sorry 😦

But now that I’m back, I want to share a significant development in my journey with the guillotine: I have found it a home!

The Challenge paper cutter will be housed in the printshop in the College of Creative Studies at UC Santa Barbara. I’m currently storing it in the sculpture yard while I finish the restoration.

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I will continue to own the guillotine, and I will be responsible for maintaining it, but now it will be in a place were people can use it. And that last part makes me happier than anything else 🙂

Wearing Watercolor Paintings

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On Friday night, I saw Watercolor Paintings perform at the Biko Garage in Isla Vista. Watercolor Paintings is made up of the sister-brother duo Rebecca and Josh Redman. I’m not a music critic so I’m not going to try to describe what their “sound” is (especially since you can just click the link), but I … Continue reading