Author: Blossom

The Blog Is Retired

After months of wishing that I had time to write my blog more regularly, I’m finally admitting that it just isn’t going to happen. It has been replaced by a monthly newsletter which will give the highlights of exciting projects that I’ve worked on and tell you about new and […]

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Letterform Archive

Last week was a whirlwind as I ran all over the San Francisco Bay Area learning about the letterpress resources that are available there and absorbing as much information as possible from each source place when I visited them. Before I go any further, I need to thank my friend, […]

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Rolling Flat File

I haven’t been talking much about the weaving side of my life and livelihood much lately because the focus of my blog has always been on what’s new. This time of year, in particular, it’s a tough balancing act. New cloth needs to be designed and created in time for […]

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Printing 1,000 Business Cards

A few folks have asked me how I print 1,000 business cards. One at a time? In big sheets? For now, I am printing them one at a time on a giant press powered by a foot treadle. Eventually, I might be busy enough that I can set up the […]

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New Product – Custom Tiny Notebooks

The letterpress business is different from the weaving business in that I’m designing it to depend on custom work for a large portion of my income. As I develop new products, I’m constantly thinking about how to make things that are easily customizable. This latest product is a quickly produced tiny notebook […]

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Ampersand Coasters, Part 2

The second set of coasters gave me another serious problem to overcome. I knew that the day of reckoning was coming for this particular problem, and I’m glad it happened on one of my projects and not one that I was doing for a customer. Here’s the problem… The rollers […]

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Ampersand Coasters, Part I

After having been slowed down in my work by two weeks of being snowed in, I’m finally busting through it and into production mode. Today I worked on a project that I started in Eugene in December. This series of coasters will consist of six positive and six negative ampersands printed […]

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Hand Proofed Type Specimens

A letterpress shop needs type specimens. First of all, they’ll be useful for me to see all of the options when I’m making typeface decisions. Secondly, it will really help communicate the “flavor” of various typefaces to customers when we’re trying to make some preliminary decisions around their designs. For […]

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Adjusting The New Press

Before I tell the story, I want to give a little of the background reality… I’m snowed in. The last time I could get my van out was New Year’s Eve, six days ago. Since I’m renting a space in “downtown” Wolf Creek for the letterpress studio and storefront, I […]

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Setting up the Studio

I’ve been snowed in for days. Every once in a while, though, it’s been clear enough to walk the two miles to the studio downtown. I really want to be printing, but it’s going to take a few days to get everything moved, the type unpacked, and the press adjusted. […]

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