Even though Syracuse got slammed with snow, we just push it all into a giant mound in the corner and wait for it to melt off. Eighteen feet of snow? No problem!
A tunnel view of Kluge presses (for foil stamping) extending into infinity.
This is part of a glue machine called a finger since it picks the glued piece away from the rollers. After a good while of the finger being used as many sheets are duplexed one after the other, droplets of paste tend to form and create a gnarly look.
Believe it or not, this giant glob of ink will form the base of a creamy, pale tan we call French Vanilla. When the base colors of yellow, red and black are thoroughly mixed, it will then be added to transparent white ink to for just the right concentration.
The ends of foil rolls make a lovely pattern of shiny circles with rings.
In the midst of Smock paper goods hangs this lovely paper sign. It lives above the door and has been hanging there for countless years in the old converted factory we call home.
A giant slew of coasters have just been letterpressed and are now going to be foil stamped. After that, they will be diecut into circles – the final step before being ready to accommodate a refreshing beverage.
A handful of delicious Smock bar mitzvah cards makes the eye wobble with delight.
Jake is printing bellybands on the Vandercook press. Notice the tape registration system he’s got set up – black straps that hold the sheet against cylinder for returning sheet to operator instead of having to collect it from the end of press bed.