Leanna

Leanna

Presses: Foil and letterpress windmill.

Learning: Fine Art college. I took intaglio and lithography courses. I  learned letterpress printing at Boxcar.

Print shop essentials: coffee!

Best letterpress trick: the tilt bar. It allows you to make an envelope run on “no gauges” to be straight without removing the plate.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: printing crazy colors, like lime-aid.

Least favorite part of printing: printing on envelopes.

Music of choice when on press: mostly audio books, like “The Hobbit.” Also podcasts, like “The Nerdist Podcast,” “My Favorite Murder,” “Stuff You Missed In History Class,” “Lore,” “Astonishing Legends,” and “Lord of the Rings Minute.”

Hometown: Syracuse, New York.

Printing space: mostly clean with piles of make ready scrap, packing paper, and boxes of snacks laying around.

Proudest moment in printing career: doing my first steamroller print, or learning to use a windmill. It’s such an old machine!

Extracurricular activities: working on my house, traveling, drawing and printing.

Samantha

Samantha

Presses: Windmill letterpress.

Learning: I learned screen printing from Kathy Knippel at Fuji Studios in Florence Italy. Letterpress printing was new to me when I came to Boxcar.

Print shop essentials: ruler, notebook, and ChapStick.

Best letterpress trick: tape on the rails, getting the packing just right.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: working on a press that’s 50+ years old in a day and age where everything is digital.

Least favorite part of printing: the complications that come with running a 50+ year-old  machine.

Music of choice when on press: I mostly listen to travel podcasts.

Hometown: Meriden, Connecticut.

Printing space: Mostly organized with plenty of snacks.

A fun fact about Boxcar Press: We now have four female letterpress printers!

Extracurricular activities: Roller derby, selling vintage clothing, collecting cats, and traveling.

Maddie

Maddie

Presses: Windmill and occasionally a Vandercook.

Learning: Before coming to Boxcar I had 7 years of fine art printmaking. Nicole Hand taught me the wonders of printmaking. A lot of my letterpress knowledge comes from nerding out with Carrie.

Print shop essentials: letterpress notes, apron, and a cup of tea.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: seems like every day I learn something new about letterpress. Not just about printing, but the machines themselves, and how they were designed.

Music of choice when on press: electronic, alternative, R&B/soul. I am constantly searching for some new tunes.

Hometown: Louisville, Kentucky.

Best letterpress printing trick: doing a paper feed test before putting ink on paper. It allows me to catch any doubles or adjust the sucker bor tilt as needed.

Printing space: constant flux between tidy and messy, depending on what moment I am at on press.

Proudest moment in printing career: getting the job here at Boxcar. Having put a great deal of time and effort into studying printmaking, I am proud to have a job that is my passion.

A fun fact about Boxcar Press: I first learned about Boxcar when I moved to Syracuse for grad school. I attended a tour of the facilities, met some long-time print friends – 3 years later – I am employed here and couldn’t be more delighted.

Extracurricular activities: Studio art practice, drawing, sewing, mixed media works on paper. Hiking, camping, and spending time outdoors. Accruing house plants, and propagating and sharing them with friends.

Pat

Pat

Presses: Windmill, Kluge, and Vandercook.

Learning: I originally learned at Scotsman Press.

Print shop essentials: ALL of the wrenches, miles of Scotch tape, and pliers.

Best letterpress trick: double-stamp black ink to get it deep and rich without over-inking.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: getting jobs with three or more colors, preferably a bunch of fluorescent colors.

Least favorite part of printing: matching to age-old ink chips.

Music of choice when on press: “The Economist” audio edition.

Hometown: Syracuse, New York.

Printing space: Migrational. I’m rarely on one particular press for long.

Proudest moment in printing career: I don’t really bother holding on to particular moments. I try to save all of my pride for what I’m currently working on.

Phil

Phil

Presses: the Heidelberg Windmill.

Experience: 6 months on letterpress. 2 years printing generally.

Learning: my dad got into the business when he was young and got me involved when I was 17. I printed offset with him at Quest Graphics (where he worked for many years) in Castle Rock, Colorado for about a year.

Print shop essentials: screwdrivers, sometimes a socket wrench.

Best letterpress trick: know how to fix color. Adjust your fountain and make sure the register is holding, and then keep hitting and adjusting until the color is right.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: getting the color right and balanced — it’s challenging but rewarding.

Least favorite part of printing: getting the impression right.

Music of choice when on press: rock & roll, classic rock — my favorite bands are Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

Hometown: Denver, Colorado.

Best letterpress printing trick: have patience. This isn’t a job for someone who wants to rush, you have to take your time.

Printing space: I’ve got some of the cartoon drawings that I’ve created hanging up in my workspace. They’re kind of goofy and have a comic strip feel.

Proudest moment in printing career: my first multiple color run. It came out really well and I was happy with the end result.

Extracurricular activities: I’m a musician — I play guitar and record music at home.

Clayton

Clayton

Presses: the Heidelberg GTO offset

Experience: 3 years printing generally. I haven’t printed letterpress here yet, I’m still a newbie!

Learning: I learned to print at Business Cards Tomorrow in East Syracuse. Chris Monahan taught me everything I know.

Print shop essentials: ruler, ink knife.

Best printing trick: with offset printing, slowly building up to color is the best way to get it right.

Favorite part of printing: washing up — it means that I’m done with the job and it’s proof that I just accomplished something.

Least favorite part of printing: switching between jobs and matching colors.

Music of choice when on press: books on tape. I recently finished up the Lord of the Rings, which took me about 3 weeks to finish, and I just listened to the Dark Materials trilogy (by Philip Pullman) — that one took about a week and a half to finish. Now I’m listening to the Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind.

A fact about Boxcar Press: everyone here gets along really well with each other. We’ve got a great mix of pressmen and repairmen, which makes for a really great team.

Extracurricular activities: illustration. I’ve been working on a graphic novel for some time now.

Stan

Stan

Presses: the Heidelberg Cylinders (mainly). The Heidelberg Windmills (occasionally).

Experience: 1.5 years on letterpress. 38 years printing generally.

Learning: I learned to print a long time ago at the BOCES here in Central New York. John Wyatt and Dale Money taught me how to print.

Print shop essentials: rags & chemicals. Specifically, California wash and 100% cotton rags.

Best letterpress trick: try everything. One trick I use is adding setswell reducer to oil-based ink, which thins the ink and makes it flow better.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: when the last sheet comes off the press and you have that “mission accomplished” sort of feeling.
Least favorite part of printing: skinning the ink cans.

Music of choice when on press: I listen to the machine.

Proudest moment in printing career: helping a former print shop — Printery Communications — get set up on their first four-color, Heidelberg offset press.
Extracurricular activities: I compose and record instrumental music — film / soundtrack style music (though it’ll never be in a movie!).

David

David

Presses: the Heidelberg Cylinders (mainly). The Heidelberg Windmill, the Vandercook, and the Kluge (occasionally).

Experience: 2 years on letterpress. 10 years printing generally.

Learning: my dad and uncle taught me how to print in Oswego at Speedway Press, which my family owned for over 45 years.

Print shop essentials: ink knife, ruler, pen, and exacto knife.

Best letterpress trick: turning the machine on — it helps a lot.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: finishing.

Least favorite part of printing: dealing with nerves when you get started.

Music of choice when on press: for the most part, I don’t usually listen to music when I’m printing. When I do, it’s usually a little bit of everything on Pandora.

Proudest moment in printing career: working here.

Extracurricular activities: golf, longboarding, hockey.

Jim

jim

Presses: the Heidelberg Windmill and Cylinder presses (mainly). The Heidelberg GTO offset, the Vandercook, and the die-cutter (occasionally).

Experience: 5.5 years on letterpress. 30 years printing generally.

Learning: I learned through a lithography class in high school and have been a pressman since I was 16.

Print shop essentials: basic stuff — rulers, scissors, the loupe and my eyes.

Hometown: Spencerport, New York.

Best letterpress trick: take the time to set things up properly. Don’t take shortcuts. Things will go smoothly if you take the time to do things right the first time around.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: seeing the finished product.

Least favorite step of the letterpress printing process: clean up.

Music of choice when on press: talk radio (infowars.com).

Proudest moment in printing career: every time we hear that we have a new account because of a job well done.

Extracurricular activities: I play drums in a heavy metal band called Dear Mr. Dead.

Chris

Chris

Presses: the Heidelberg Windmill (mainly). The Heidelberg GTO offset (occasionally).

Experience: 1.5 years on letterpress. 7.5 years printing generally.

Learning: I learned to print at Business Cards Tomorrow in East Syracuse — I went from customer service to pressman.

Print shop essentials: a ruler.

Hometown: Boca Raton, Florida.

Best letterpress trick: make sure the paper is jogged and fanned correctly to make sure it doesn’t stick together when feeding through. It makes life a lot easier.

Favorite part of letterpress printing: putting ink to paper.

Least favorite step of the letterpress printing process: feeding the paper.

Music of choice when on press: modern rock on Pandora.

Proudest moment in printing career: there was a particular invitation set that I printed that was really detailed and difficult to print, and the bride was extremely happy with the end result. It was a 3-color job with a lot of registration and it was difficult to get the impression right on all three colors, so I was happy to hear that the bride liked the final outcome.

Extracurricular activities: I like the outdoors — camping, fishing, things like that.