This year I was hoping to capture a little more “studio life” in this blog, so taking a look at the press seems like the right place to start. This is my beloved Heidelberg Windmill. I bought this press two and half years ago from a retiring printer in Kentucky. Although I knew the Windmill was the model I wanted, I had never even seen one in person before it arrived on an 18-wheel truck at the loading dock of my studio building. (Getting it upstairs and actually in the door was the closest I’ve ever come to having a heart attack…thought that was worth mentioning.)
After having it hooked up, it took me about a month of daily printing before I started getting the hang of it. It was a pretty humbling experience because I knew the machine itself worked, it was just a matter of learning how to use it properly. And I did that by patiently reading and re-reading this original manual that came with the press.
I’ll post some more pictures of the windmill from time to time, highlighting some of its many handy and amazing features!