Bottle of Smoke Press
When did you start letterpress printing?:
What do you like best about letterpress printing?:
The ability to produce high quality books and broadsides.
What inspires you?:
Being constantly pushed to be a better printer and designer. Working with other printers, like Lead Graffiti, lets me bounce ideas and come up with some projects with a unique spin.
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?:
I have a Chandler & Price New Style 8x12. I also use a Vandercook Universal and SP-15 at Lead Graffiti's studio. I print on all kinds of paper, but really like the Canson Mi-Teintes paper for book covers.
How would you describe your artwork?:
What kind of products do you create?:
Books (Hardcover and paper), Broadsides, postcards, etc... I publish poetry and avant-garde fiction. I also take on printing and binding work for other presses that have similar interests.
Do you offer custom work?:
Where can we buy your products?:
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?:
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?:
I wish that I would have known that deep impression on a 5x8 Kelsey is very difficult and dangerous. I published Charles Bukowski's "as Buddha smiles" in 2003 and needed surgery on my wrist after printing 2,000 impressions in a couple days.