Hey everyone, the store is sort of open now, our operating hours are Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5. Sunday & Monday we”re closed. We are still expecting a ton of stock to come in early October, and the store will be filling up with in-house merch also. The other thing that will be verthwesslot happening is the gallery wall will be filling up with art of various types, high-quality professional artist will be selling their works.
As for retail shopping, the first 100 or so people to come and buy something from the store will receive one of these dandy hand-printed kraft bags with a found cut of Bill Monroe (the father of bluegrass) and Clawhammer Press in wood type. Just an added bonus to say “thanks” for supporting the dream.
We also have a couple possible exciting projects starting, I”ll keep you posted as they evolve.
“Mike, your drawer of Goudy Hand-tooled is at the airport. Where else would it be?”. This was the text I got from Mark on Monday afternoon. “Doug has it, he’s with airport security”.
I had just met Mark three days prior. A writer and thespian (in the sense that he is dramatic) from Vancouver who had made the trek by plane to a small vacated bakery on the main street of Fernie, BC. He was not the only one; Laura, mother of four. Pam, Elko resident. Brina, freshly bathed in future motherhood. Keith, student of the world and mastermind of said gathering. Myself, the supporting role. And lastly Peter: master and guide.
No, it was not a strange cult gathering (in the traditional sense). We were all people who were driven together for 3 short days out of a love for the printed word, more specifically the letterpress printed word.
Keith Liggett of Salmonberry Press hosted the gathering and we descended upon his Chandler & Price press to listen, learn, talk, laugh, and set type in the old world tradition.
I seem to be drawn to the kind of interests that gather these rag-tag bunches of people. A couple of years ago I harumphed my ’64 Lambretta scooter onto a trailer to meet up with a dozen other scooterists in Trail, BC. Never have you met a more bizarre and likable gaggle. Scooterists, it turns out, are counter-cultural in the best possible ways: Open, loyal, helpful, fun, drunken, appreciative, and accepting. Letterpress people, it turns out, are the same… ish. Letterpress people don’t drink beer before breakfast.Read More»