Moxon Vandercook Maintenance at Kent State U., Ohio

Vandercook Maintenance Workshop
Fri-Sat. June 1-2, 2012 | Register by May 1

This two-day workshop, led by Paul Moxon, is a lecture/demo developed for artist/printers to guide them in the proper care and adjustment of Vandercook presses. (This information is applicable to other brands such as Asbern, Challenge, Reprex). Participants need not be mechanically inclined, but should have some familiarity with proof presses, and may handle tools and press parts. Curriculum can accommodate 8 to 15 participants. When feasible, a historically focused, illustrated 20 minute talk is included.

Cost: $300 per participant, depending on number of participants. Lunch on Friday and Saturday will be provided on site.

Time: Two six-hours days (including a one hour lunch). Start and end times to suit participants.

Join Paul Moxon for an in-depth review of the parts and functions of the Vandercook. Learn all the points of maintenance, lubrication and cleaning. This workshop takes you beyond cranking the press and into the mechanical what and why essential for troubleshooting. Paul will explain the differences between various models, so bring your questions, press photos and/or broken parts. Whether you use a press in a shared studio, own a press, or are thinking of acquiring one, this workshop provides excellent guidance for your future presswork.

Paul Moxon is the author of Vandercook Presses: Maintenance, History and Resources and maintains the website and blog Editor of the American Printing History Association Newsletter, he publishes limited edition books and broadsides under the imprint Fameorshame Press. His work is included in several public and private collections.

About Type High Press at Kent State University
The lab at Kent State University is quite spacious (1000 sq feet plus). We have 3 Vandercooks: a Universal 1, No. 3 and a 325G. We also have a Challenge 15MA proof press, which is a knock-off Vandercook, as well as two C&P platen presses and a small table-top Poco press. Lastly, we have an interesting Bauer/Korrex super royal flatbed press, which is missing its form roller assembly - therefore, students use only with hand-inked blocks or for pressure printing. While all of our presses are in working order, the equipment has been treated roughly in the past, so there's much to be learned about maintenance and getting better quality prints from our equipment.

Bob Kelemen
Kent State University
cell: 216.215.3603

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