Presses: the Heidelberg Windmill (mainly). The Heidelberg Cylinders and Heidelberg GTO offset (occasionally).
Experience: 1 year on letterpress. 35 years printing generally.
Learning: I started out taking printing classes in high school in the late 70’s and have learned a bit here and there along the way. One person in particular who helped me out a lot was Buz Cuff at Salt City Printing here in Syracuse — he taught me a good work ethic and how to print.
Print shop essentials: Loupe.
Best letterpress trick: Dave taught me to get the impression first without any ink, and I’ve found that by trying that, sometimes the second sheet out is perfect. That, and getting the packing right — take away and add a little until you get it right — makes a world of difference.
Favorite part of letterpress printing: when you make the right moves to get the impression and color right.
Least favorite part of printing: a reprint. Other than that, I really don’t have a “least favorite” — I’ve been doing this for 35 years and it’s in my blood; I really do enjoy printing. When you’ve been doing it for so long you’re used to the process. It’s all mental.
Music of choice when on press: I like a little bit of everything — some jazz, classic rock. Jazz keeps me calm, it’s nice & mellow.
Proudest moment in printing career: recently I was able to help out a fellow employee who was having a difficult time with a job, and it was someone who initially helped me out a lot here when I first got started. Sort of a student helping the teacher type of scenario. I was able to use what he taught me and help him out in return.
Extracurricular activities: I love music and play a little guitar. I’m also a softball umpire — it’s a nice way to unwind, I just focus on the game and nothing else.