Lucky girl to have so many wonderful allies and supporters – Gray Zeitz of Larkspur Press donated this lovely little (heavy) press to me 🙂
It was a cold day to move a press: a 15 degree Farenheit start at 8:15 am. We started out plucky enough and arrived at the King Library Press in Lexington at the University of Kentucky around 9:30 am to pick up the press.
Those wood runners on the bottom of the press look sturdy enough. They weren’t. One split as we got it into the elevator on the pallet jack. OK, don’t panic. We pulled out the trusty J-bar and pipes (Thank you Wesley Tanner!) to maneuver the press the rest of the time without a pallet or pallet jack – it made things so much easier.
Then we used a come-along winch to pull the 1200 lb press onto the tilting trailer. That was a little stressful – was the trailer strong enough – would we get the press positioned over the axle just right – would the rigging straps hold – would the press tip over?
I was so lucky to have a great team helping me! Melanie VanHouten of Josephine Sculpture Park and Dan Price, esquire, husband and amateur astronomer. We problem solved the hell out of it!
Everything went smoothly after we got the press strapped onto the trailer.
SUCCESS!!! There is now a happy little (super heavy metal) Chandler & Price printing press at Starpointe Studio! It’s ready for a documented restoration and we are ready for some rest!!