The gold foil practice runs for the illumination of a handmade journal. The journal has 5 sections of 20 pages, using Eden Grove Bond, 90 gsm, laid paper. The cover is heavy boot leather with a natural brown dyed surface. Flax paper end papers handmade by Andrew Reilly at Tenax Papers. The blocking press is a 100 year old, gas portals coverted to electric, MACKAY, Bristol, no3.
The Manuka Machine Company has delivered the superb 450mm x 1200mm Rolls Royce of etching presses. The stand is the latest design Edward has built and comes with a handy shelf, 4 wheels (2 locking)
The bed is phenolic and will not rust or bow under pressure. We rolled the press up the ramp, across the art room and into the print room in a flash.
So stable and so powerful.
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.