A couple of years ago, I got a lovely Kelsey 5×8 Excelsior Press Model U letterpress. I acquired it from the awesome bookbinder Stephanie Gibbs, who posted it on the Book Arts listserv.
It’s in fantastic shape. Stephanie even threw in a bunch of type with the press. Lucky me!
Sadly, I haven’t used it yet – I don’t have all of the equipment needed to run a press. I have been working on that over the past couple of years, but it’s slow going. So far, I have a galley and wood furniture.
I’ve been offered help in setting up my press by another wonderful Stephanie (and book artist) – Stephanie Wolff. She recently guest starred in the Tour de Lead Graffiti, a fabulous letterpress project inspired by the Tour de France. I own six prints from the first year of the project.
Hopefully it won’t take another two years to actually use the press!