We've used many presses to create the prints on this website. Learn more below.
I built this Bottle Jack Press in 2014 using plans I found online:
The block and paper slide in between the brown pieces of mdf where they are pressed together when the jack is pumped.
It was homemade by someone who wanted to print their own Christmas cards. For artwork under 12” wide and 16” tall, it works great. I used it to print Crotched Mountain in Fall, Winter Birch and Winter Shadows among others.
Currently, I am renting time on a Charles Brand etching press with a 30"x50" bed at MAXT Makerspace in Peterborough, NH:
Turbulence on Appledore, the biggest jigsaw reduction I have created so far, was printed on a giant French Tool Press at a local art school. They don’t allow rentals anymore, but that beautiful machine has a 36” x 60” bed.
Woodblock printmaking is a relief process, so transferring ink to paper doesn’t always need a lot of pressure. For white-line woodcuts and jigsaws from soft-kut blocks, I use a very special tool:
This wooden spoon is made from bamboo. I bought it at the grocery store for around $3 in 2009. Sometimes, low tech is best.