The Shed

20 Wattle Street
02 6029 7898
Just me
I am 65 years old, and am in the process of retiring as a Pastor in the Lutheran Church. Some say that Pastors never retire. Many years ago, I commanded the Printing Squadron for the Australian Army. This incorporated the Lithographic Offset Process as well as Screen Printing. I have a Science degree with Honours in Printing Technology, which I obtained at Army expense from Watford in the UK back in the early 70s. This sounds flash, but my passion has always been with the craft and art of printing and bookbinding. My training included experience in Letterpress (as well as Gravure) and this is where my interest now lies as I retire. I do not intend to set up a mass production unit, but rather just dabble in the craft. Wherever this takes me, I will embrace it with a passion. As far as Letterpress is concerned, I do have a small 8x5 Adana press. As far as Screen printing is concerned, I do have a 4x carousel press. I have paper making moulds. I have around 50 fonts of metal type and one of wooden type. I have several bookbinding presses. I plan to make my own paper, do my own calligraphy, print my own pages (A5 or 8x5), sew my own books, bind my books in carved leather, design my own artwork (celtic designs), design my own wood type face and so the list goes on. I pray to God that he will allow me to live till I am 150. If I don't complete everything before I die, I will still die a happy man. This is where I am at the moment. I am currently setting up my shed to allow all this to begin.
Interview with Gary from The Shed
When did you start letterpress printing?: 
What do you like best about letterpress printing?: 
I can embrace the whole craft in my shed without a huge capital outlay. Lithography (my main skills) is far more technical and expensive these days.
What inspires you?: 
Check out the above summary. More to come!!!!!
Which press(es), ink & paper do you usually use?: 
Still working all this out
How would you describe your artwork?: 
What kind of products do you create?: 
Hand made books
Do you offer custom work?: 
Where can we buy your products?: 
Nowhere yet.
Do you offer workshops? If yes, what kind of?: 
Not yet.
Is there anything you wished you had known as a beginner?: 
After almost a "lifetime" away from the craft, I will have to re-learn a lot of skills. This is something I look forward to very much.
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