Excelsior Press on Youtube
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From time to time
we record a video of something being done in the shop.
Some of these have been online for years, but all I
had on the website was a link to the Youtube Channel.
Now we have links directly to videos with
descriptions, to make it easier to benefit from the
content of these videos without the hassle of
searching through them....
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C A T E G O R I E S
INSTRUCTIONAL ~ DOCUMENTARY ~ JUST FOR FUN ~ OTHER PRINTING VIDEOS
and.. "as seen on tv"...
THINGS WE MAKE AT EXCELSIOR PRESS
VIDEOS (see also other videos)
- The Julie's Press Series
Julie was getting a restored 5x8 "for
Christmas", but since her husband contacted us
only a few weeks before Christmas, and we
could not deliver by the time Santa was
scheduled to come by, we did the next best
thing - videos of her recently restored press
- along with some helpful instruction in how
to use it...
- View all videos in sequence using Julie's Playlist
- Julie's Press - 1/6
- INTRO to Excelsior Press
- Julie's Press - 2/6
- Mixing ink for printing on the Kelsey
- Julie's Press - 3/6
- Inking the press - 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior
- Julie's Press - 4/6
- Setting up to Print on the 5x8 Excelsior
- Julie's Press - 5/6
- Setting Gauge Pins - Megill Double Grip
- Julie's Press - 6/6
- Printing on the 5x8 Excelsior Press
- Julie's Press - 7/6
- Washing up the 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Platen
(* sorry, there were actually
7 videos, but I had begun posting them
before I realized my error, so I let it
- The Liz' Press Series
Russ bought a restored 5x8 Kelsey for his wife's birthday. Now it was time to get it there... We wanted to get Liz' press to San Diego quickly
since we had been delayed quite a while beyond the originally scheduled
ship date. As it turns out both FedEx and UPS would have taken longer
and cost more than USPS - especially if we managed to bring down the
weight to 69 pounds 15 ounces in one box and use a flat rate box for the
items we removed to bring down the weight. This way, the press will
reach San Diego in two days - in two boxes, but faster and for less cost
than competetive options. Besides, this can be done right at our local
post office using a procedure we use daily and are already quite
familiar with... This is the press featured in our July 31 blog post -
- Re-Assemble a 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior shipped in two boxes. - A
90-second video showing how to unpack and re-install the ink disk,
chase bed & chase and ink rollers onto a 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Press
that was shipped in two boxes.
Second Video in this series - Inking the Press
- Third video - Marking Tympan to position gauge pins
- Fourth Video - Gauge Pins - 3 types - Installing and positioning
- Fifth Video - Printing Coasters on the 5x8 Kelsey Excelsior Table Top Platen Press
- Sixth Video - Washing up the press & Packing removed parts (coming next)|
note: we removed some parts to lighten the box for mailing via USPS.
- WLPA-7 - Placing the 48-pound press into the box...
- WLPA-8 - Installing Two Expanding Foam Cushions into the box to hold the press in place firmly.
- WLPA-9 - A short one - installing the third foam cushion..
- WLPA-10 - another short one - installing the top cushion into the box.
- WLPA-11 - Closing the Box - preparing to weigh the whole thing...
- WLPA-12 - Weighing
the packed box - 63 pounds. Success! Stripping off those parts resulted
in a package that is 7 pounds below the USPS limit of 70 pounds.
- Removing the Platen from an Early Series
C&P Pilot -
It's a little bit tricky, and not for the
faint-of-heart, but for historical purposes,
here's how I did it - Video
#1 / Video
#2 - and how *not* to do it... (outake)
- Scoring poster board on a 9x13 Gordon Platen Press
to Make a Box A very short
- 30 -second video - with no commentary -
showing how I use the old Gordon to score 4
sides of a piece of poster board to make a
Here's the commentary I left out:
"After scoring, I cut one slit along
the score lines in each of the 4 corners. These
become the flaps that I glue or tape to the side
or back of the box. To make a matching box
top, I simply cut some stock that is slightly
larger than the one used for the bottom. A
dimension that's 2-3 thicknesses of the material
larger than the bottom works well to give the top
enough clearance to fit over the bottom. I make
boxes like this in the shop all of the time, in
fact, most of my old collection of
photo-engravings are stored in low, flat boxes I
made this way. It's also a great way to enhance
the delivery of any printed material. Works well
for odd-sized note cards and such. And, the best
part, is that you can make them to any size you
want as needed. The only limitation is the size of
Sometimes, I tape the top to the bottom along one
long edge and trim the front flap. This makes for
an even nicer presentation."
- 1/29/2018 - Printing Cards on the Pilot Press. Prior to shipping this press to its new home in North Carolina, we do some printing as part of the q.c. function...
- 1/29/2018 - Printing Coasters on the Pilot -
DOCUMENTARY (in reverse chronological order)
- June, 2018 - And here are two short videos of my friend Barry printing coasters at the NMIH tent at the Kutztown Folk Festival and another short one - June 30, 2018
- Dec, 2016 - My Nephew Jared came by to make a wedding gift
for some friends - coasters...
Printing Coasters on the 8x12 C&P
- Printing on the Old Gordon Jobber Platen Press - Sarah
& Jenet run a scoring job Sarah
came by with her friend Jenet to score table tents for a wedding
invitation suite she had printed on the Vandercook. Rich Polinski
accompanied them on the guitar with a particularly good rendition of
"Drops of Jupiter"
- Running the Windmill -The 1953 Heidelberg Windmill
- just a short video of the Heidberg
- 2007 - Running
the 25x37" ATF Kelly Model 3 Flatbed Cylinder
Press at The Garfield Messenger,
Garfield, NJ.- Published Oct 2009. The
ATF Kelly Three - the last - and largest - of
the ATF Kelly Flatbed Letterpresses made in
Only used once a week for
the past fifty years to print the local
newspaper. This press
was available to a good home. Could have been
used to print newspapers, books, pizza boxes
or the mother of all posters - 2 feet by 3
feet! Could also be used for die cutting
extremely large sheets. Sadly, there were no
qualified takers for this classic old -
working - beauty, and it went to scrap
- 2007 - Hand-feeding
the Dexter Folder at The Garfield
Messenger, Garfield, NJ.
This is the hand-fed folder that Jimmy used to
run every week since he was a kid - helping
his Dad publish the Garfield Messenger in
Garfield, NJ until it ceased publication in
This piece was saved as a result of someone
seeing the video. It was NOT scrapped
and now resides in a warehouse in Brooklyn, so
I have been told.
- 2004 - Wayne Miller's 3-minute Documentary of Alan
Printing Tickets on the C&P Hand Press
and posters on the Vandercook.
Published on Jun 18, 2008
Alan Runfeldt at the Excelsior Press -
Hand-feeding the circa 1914 10x15 Chandler
& Price Platen Press and the circa 1946
Vandercook Model 4 Proof Press - printing
tickets and posters for the River Moon Film
Festival in Frenchtown, NJ 2004
- The Composing Stick Proof Press
Impressions per minute
The Bowers Museum in Costa Mesa, California wanted
an interactive display for their Children's Museum
to show their visitors how Ben Franklin printed
from movable type. They had no budget
for a full-sized $30,000 reproduction of a
press like the one Ben used over 200 years
ago, and besides, they wanted something small,
simple, inexpensive and safe for children to
use. During a long-distance phone
conversation, the plan came to mind and I went
to work inventing a portable little press that
could hold a composing stick of hand-set type
and print directly from the composing stick -
something so simple that children - and even
museum staff - could do it flawlessly.
The idea was that the visitors would set their
name in the stick, then insert the stick into
the press and make a print, thereby getting at
least an idea of what it was like for Ben
Franklin - and printers of his era, to set type
by hand and print one sheet at a time on a
hand-operated printing press.
In the end, we even set aside the ink and
brayer as too messy for the children to use -
and requiring daily clean up. Instead, we used
small sets of carbonless paper to press an
image into. It worked. Even without any ink,
the impression made an image on the second
sheet of the two-part set. The press worked
well and the museum staff were very pleased...
and I had fun inventing and building it...
As seen on TV...
Just for fun.
- Dec, 2013 - Plowing
At Night - Published on Dec 14, 2013
A somewhat boring 64 seconds of me
driving my little Cub Cadet 1450 along the
lane, plowing the snow. It may seem boring to
most viewers, but for me, it recalls the
zen-like feeling of being alone on the
tractor, all bundled up like a mountain man,
just pushing snow off of the lane. The muffled
drone of the engine in my covered-up ears, the
narrow focus of view as I dodge the incoming
snow flakes being blown at me by a rather
stiff wind... It really is kind of peaceful,
and reviewing this video reminds me of that..
There were only 4-6" of snow, but my wife,
Cathy - a night-shift nurse - had to leave for
work at 10pm. It could not wait for daylight.
My Cub Cadet 1450 has headlights, so we were
ready. But it was cold and windy and snowy.
Not so much fun. But the lane - the 125-yard
gravel lane that leads from the house to the
main road - was cleared and she made it out
and onto Route 12 - and made it to work safely
and on time. I was hoping that she got there
safely - and that the the snow would finally
stop for the night... As I recall, it did -
just after she drove out the now-cleared
The next day was spent repairing the broken
lift handle, which snapped just as I was
finishing up. Fortunately, it didn't snow
again for weeks...
that I've seen and liked - not
my own work, but worth linking to.
Ann-Marie's great video introduction to the operation
of the Vandercook
Model 17 Composing Room Proof Press
Vandercook's first with automatic inking. From Lady
Bones Print Shop in LA, California
6/23 - A really good Instructional Video done in the 50's by Stout State college in Wisconsin -
Printing Platen Press Make Ready