Bespoke Letterpress

Jul 10
printers blocks

Printing, Tools of the trade, Vintage
blocks_with_headsRecently we attended a local antique fair. You may know I have an extreme weakness for any type of printing goodies! I was caught by surprise when I came across this basket of wood type! I know lots of folks use these old print blocks to spell out meaningful text and dates, perhaps names, initials or words, birthdays, anniversaries, and wedding dates all which look totally unique displayed on a mantelpiece, table or shelf. If you know me or have visited CabinPress Studio, you have seen first hand our treasured collection of “type” as it is comprised of different fonts, sizes and date of manufacture, some circa late 1800’s through to 1940’s. All were used in the printing industry, so each block has a varying degree of ink and patina, and of course all of our blocks are back to front which adds to their appeal. Since we are a little letterpress shop we still use these for printing, one-by-one-by-one. These blocks are so special nowadays as most were discarded and burnt when new printing techniques came into place. Some have been found and saved, which makes them unique and collectable, so once they are gone, they are gone! If you have some wood type please don’t glue a doll head & make little metal “wings” on the “letter A”, or any other letter! It breaks my heart. Imagine the stories these vintage print blocks have told in the past ….

Jun 26
bike to work day

Food, Tools of the trade
Bike_to_work_day Even though the Studio Office is located just “steps” from our home how could I pass up Bike To Work Day? There’s nothing like breakfast served with fresh air and sunshine – especially after a nice bike ride, or for me a way to procrastinate a tad! And that’s exactly what our town is doing today, along with many others across the US. Guesses are about 8,000 of Fort Collins’ finest will enjoy our 25th Annual Bike to Work Day. From 6:30-9:30 AM, in my opinion the best part of the day, I enjoyed only 3 of the 40 breakfast stations sponsored by 96 local businesses. Oh my God! I am lucky I made it home to rest awhile from eating so much yummy food. From fresh fruit, burritos, bagels, any type of egg you can think of, and my ALL TIME FAVORITE The Waffle Lab. It was a fun morning indeed, seeing lots of friends, sharing excellent food + conversation. By the time I peddled home to the Office, it was time to get to work and almost time for lunch. I spent the rest of the day cutting, cutting, cutting. Time to relax and stack all the paper in little neat piles in hopes that the Printing Press Fairies show up to finish the job, wish me luck! Do you have a favorite bike ride or breakfast spot? Do you get to ride or walk to your Office?

Feb 14
Vintage {Love}

Tools of the trade, Vintage

Had to put in the fire plug for Dad!
I do love typewriters… I really do + of course I love type, did you notice today’s post is in Courier, in memory of the typewriter.
It does not happen often, actually, it never happens anymore, I always loved receiving mail typed on a lovely typewriter.  I love how the typos make it look like someone really typed it… not just a machine auto-correcting your spelling as you go.  I love how once you think something and type those keys it is on the page for all to see. I remember all the government forms I had to do over my career that had errors on them, yes me with errors! You can’t edit once you have written – you can only go back and xxxxxx over the words you do not want, leaving obvious scars on your work. Then there was “white out” “yellow out” and even “pink out” for all the carbon sheets. Wow, what a trip down memory lane. I do love typewriters still.
How about you? If you still use one please send us a letter, we love
seeing XXXXX’s and you could even add some OOOOO’s. Tail wags + Happy Valentine’s Day to all.

Oct 3

Printing, Technology, Tools of the trade


Old-fashioned, outdated or obsolete. WOW, I never thought what I do is obsolete! So many         folks ask me about the ages of my Printing Presses so I thought I would introduce you to the           “pretty production princess” of CabinPress Studio. I would like you to meet my Old-fashioned      printing press, Sequoia. She is a beauty indeed, an Old Style Chandler & Price, circa 1884.           She came to us from California, hence the name. D + friends now are “experienced” movers            and I would highly recommend the group for any 1500 pound moving jobs in your future!
If you look close you can see my Periodic Table of Typefaces … more on that disaster later!

Mar 9