Book press selfie

I found a fantastic old book press, perfect for linocut printing. I had to try i right away, so I cut it a “selfie”. It is so easy to work with the book press, about 5 times as fast as using an old spoon as a barren. And it’s a pretty nice feeling working with a tool more then a century old and still working perfectly. When I find the time I’m going to strip off the silver paint and paint it black and it will be ready for another 100 years of working in style.

Book press & print

Book press print

I searched the internet to find out when and where it was made. I found one that had been sold on ebay in perfect condition with original paint and with a ridiculously high price tag. Impressive how much somebody was ready to pay for one as a decorative pice. Mine has lost a “ball” and needs a new coat of paint but I wouldn’t swop for the perfect one. Mine is a tool not a decoration. And at around €/$ 30 and a 1,5 hour drive it was a much fairer price.