A half century ago, Vandercook proofing presses were
commonplace in any commercial printshop. Now they are much sought by artists
and printmakers, because they allow flexibility in the process. There's
phenomenal control in terms of image positioning and color registration. Add to
that the forgiving nature of a flatbed, cylinder press that often invites
experimentation. Maybe even flair.
The press pictured above holds down a corner of a small
studio surrounded by towering evergreens at the end of a gravel lane in Port
Townsend, Washington. That half-ton of hardware was previously owned by Rusty
North, a woman of expansive heart and affection. Hence the name.