We bought a “delux press clamp” from Grizzly Industrial for $70. The Wildcard scrounged up the off-fall from a maple butcher block counter top and some scrap walnut which he had stored and moved for the past several years. I found the perfect breadboard of Black Acacia at our local big box store for $20. Some nuts and bolts. Y voila! A press for the book construction process, something I had always wanted but not put high on the list because I thought them too expensive.
He found he had to make a couple of small modifications: 1) sand the oil off the breadboard, and 2) add a cross piece near the center of the breadboard to keep it from spinning.
No more “heavy” art books to weigh down projects. Maybe I can jettison Janson.
Neither Oola nor I traveled much this summer. Oola lazed about an imaginary pool, and I took my daily walks in the center of one of the most famous and desirable areas in the world — our own SF Bay Area. I like to go to the Emeryville Marina and walk the path from the Bay to the pier to the yacht harbor. I follow the occasional suspicious sea lion and watch those amazing young men stay alive on their sail/boards or lift themselves high into the air with their kite/boards. (I don’t know what the real names of those toys are, but they produce some amazing sport.)
I did have Oola help me scatter some nasturtiums on the Bay for Father’s day, and with a little help from the Mysterious One I just finished this artist book about the experience.