Saturday, November 7, 2009

Setting Up at Mama's Sauce

Letterpress hits Orlando/Winter Park with a vengeance! Here is a brief video peek inside Nick's new location. The presses you will see in relative order: the Heidelberg Windmill, 12x18 Kluge (which appeared in a prior Vimeo video and is currently making the rounds in the LP community), the latest acquisition of a second 12x18 Kluge, and the 12x18 C&P recently liberated from the Barn at the Pioneer Settlement.

What you are seeing is the very first fire-up of the Windmill after a few preliminary checks. We had to set the grippers to hold throughout their respective cycles, level the pitch of the suckers, and reposition the feed and delivery stacks. There are a few things we still need to obtain and wire in for "Wagner", as Nick christened it - or rather, him ( I opted for "Bismark", the Iron Chancellor) - but very soon the WM will be 100%.

The first Kluge is the original, from the original Winter Park location. The second Kluge is quite similar except for some of the electrics. The first has a mechanical speed control, the second has an electrical/ resistance speed control using a type of high current rheostat. It also has an auto-throw-out for mis-feeds. It needs to be re-habbed just a bit. It's my latest project.

The last press is being used for hand-fed items, from printing to die cutting. It's a solid "little" C&P, motorised with the option to treadle.

The audio track is from Praetorius' Terpsichore Dances.



G. Johanson, Settlement Printer

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