Isn't this the most beautiful thing you've ever seen? I picked it up last weekend after seeing it posted on Craigslist. It's a Kelsey Excelsior letterpress. It was a good price, although it definitely needs some work. I plan on, over the next few months, spending a little time and money to get it operational. It needs new rollers, for sure. As you can see (left side of the press), they are pretty decrepit. I am amazed that parts for these old presses are still available. Apparently, the letterpress is experiencing a revival with the DIY and "maker" crowds.
My intention is to print my smaller linoleum blocks with this press. I imagine that I will be more productive and be able to print larger editions with this press. The larger prints and the 3-D pieces will still be printed on the etching press.
Also, with this purchase, I have decided to resurrect Coffee Fish Press, which is the name I had for a fledgling (and foundering) greeting card business. In the future I will be offering cards, journals and other hand-printed goods and gifts. This most likely will be on Etsy. The official launch isn't going to be until I have the press up and running, of course. This minor detail didn't stop me from carving a linoleum with the updated logo.
So begins the adventure of getting my letterpress to a fully functional stage. It will be a quite the process. I will post with pics, videos and progress notes.