The Press

With a pedigree provenance and a chrome plated handle, Victoria is truly one of a kind. I acquired her on trade for some presswork that ranged from the mundane relocation and reassembly of litho, intaglio, and type presses to the sublime opportunity to restore a vintage intaglio press once owned and used by Max Ernst. Victoria's previous owner was none other than the world famous artist and collector of all things, luckily presses included, James Turrell. He had stored her for about a decade in an old wooden barn in Flagstaff, AZ.

While she reminisced about her active years cradling rows of lead type to be transformed into poetry by Black Sparrow Press in California she became one with nature. Translation - when I got her she had mice living in the carriage, cabinets, and motor box. On the day I drove up from the Phoenix valley to the mountains of Flagstaff, drop deck trailer in tow, it began to snow further adding to the legendary status of the odyssey.

For the next two years and four months my one car garage became shop and spray booth. Throwing about 5 -10 hours per week at it with plenty of dry spells along the way the press was disassembled, each part cleaned, repainted, and finally reassembled. Fully assembled she weighs in at around 1,300 pounds, at one point I had removed so many parts I was able to lift one end off the ground by myself. No corners were cut as all attention was to detail, from the custom two-tone paint job with added accent color to the chrome plated handle.

Her last move was to a designated operating spot in my studio (ironically in a renovated barn) in Scottsdale, Arizona where she will reside until her final relocation to my "retirement" studio in Cuernavaca, Mexico, date yet to be determined.

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