Moving the C&P 8x12 Old Style Letterpress (July 2013)
This press is a beauty! I found it listed on in Kent, WA, listed on Craigslist. It was built in 1898… 115 years ago. The gal who sold it to me picked it up from an older gentleman who used to be a pressman for the Seattle Times and later for the Valley Daily in Kent.
I agonized for three days over how we were going to load it up and make the two hour move north to it’s new home in Bellingham, WA. I finally settled on using my brother’s floor crane to lift the press so we could back a small U-Haul trailer right under it. It worked like a charm. Having taken the motor and wooden base off of the press, the metal feet on the metal trailer bed made sliding it into place a synch. After thoroughly strapping it down, we took the slow drive north to Bellingham and just reversed the process. Up and off.
...and then a month later, we moved to a new location across town.