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The Press move

I can hardly hold it together right now! I have myself a Vandercook 320 Letterpress! 

And this is how it all went down. We got it done with enormous help from Craig Black (from Don Black's Linecasting), along with a forklift driver, and some extra muscles and powertools from neighbours! Thank you to everyone who helped us with this move! Totally amazing how it all came together.

The BIG move started here, at old MacDonald's old print/linecasting shop. 
This is John MacDonald, the man who used to run a print shop in the west end of the city with 3 linotypes and a beautiful Vandercook. Craig moved this giant beast of machinery onto a skid a few days prior to get it ready for the move. Justin and him then pushed it over to the edge of MacDonald's door step.

There just happened to be a forklift driver across the street that agreed to help us out.
... and lifted it out of the shop for us. Oh, and I should remind you, this little baby is 2000 pounds! (TWO-THOUSAND!... I didn't typo an extra zero in there)! And now to get it into the back of the truck. 
And now all strapped in, and almost ready to go.
The press then took a tour down Queen Street, Toronto. And ended up at our place across town.
Yanked out of the freight elevator and pushed down the hall.
It finally ended up at our doorstep.
And then pushed into the pressroom. 
You might notice that there is something up with the wall and that giant pile of drywall dust. Well, we didn't quite measure the immense size of the press and we totally thought we had it right... well we were a little off and had to improvise. We didn't like that wall anyway. lol. And we'll probably take the rest of it down tomorrow. So, here it is. In all it's glory. I think I should call it Mr. Big. hehe. Yeah?

I am beyond excited to start using it! To clean it and grease it and start printing on it! It feels like it's the start of something really life changing and I've got high hopes for it. 

I just have to take this part of the post to say thank you to Justin, who has been so incredibly supportive and giving with this whole thing! I love you!!! AND thank you for being awesome!!! (I'm so lucky that I got a cool husband!)

Reader Comments (7)

Wowwie Girly!!! Congrats!

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersar

This is so darn exciting! You guys are going to do amazing things....can't wait to see what Mr. Big helps you create! Great photos too...CONGRATS on the successful move, and all the best in your adventures, you deserve it. Aaaand...thank heavens for supportive husbands!...xoxo

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKinga

That's awesome! Congrats. I also love how its from "Old Macdonald's Print Shop"

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGiant Squid Press

Great pictures Amanda! It's incredible that you could move it with the pick up truck! Congratulations on your new beast er, I mean press!

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSteve Nartowicz

Craig Black is a serious hero. Congratulations on getting the press in there. Can't wait to see what you do with it now!

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterTanya


(I was going to go on and on about being jealous, etc., but opted to be succinct instead. And now I've gone on and on.)

Fine. I'm jealous.

Congratulations on the 320!

April 14, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMatthew

Thank you all SO MUCH! You're excitement is contagious. I can't wait to start printing on it!

April 15, 2011 | Registered CommenterAmanda Keenan

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