In a 'Hands On Tour' (one and a half hours) I tend to give visitors an overview of the Homeprint Book Art Studio, introduce wood type both machine made and hand carved, set and print something simple on the 180 year old Imperial flat bed press, then one member of the group selects a printing block from the collection of 1000 or so and i lock that into the setting of the name of their group. Finally the words and block are printed by the members on a prepared postcard with decorative border on a 110 year old treadle platen press (Pearl platen press). Each member has some wood block posters of their own and at least one copy of the groups 2 colour postcard.
Married to Allison for 45 years, 3 sons, David, Russell and Paul. I have been primary school teaching in New Zealand for 32 years and for the last 11 years have been developing a Book Art Studio, Library, Art Gallery and substantial warehouse of printmaking equipment and materials. We have a Letterpress Printing and Bookbinding Museum that is a working collection. I have invented an A4 relief printing press and an A3 hydraulic printing press that I manufacture and sell throughout New Zealand with sales into 5 countries overseas. Allison and I have written, illustrated, set, printed, bound and published over 100 titles of artist books.