Vandercook Workshops led by Paul Moxon. Please contact the institution to register. To schedule a workshop, service call, lecture, or private consult, please use the Contact Form

Vandercook Maintenance

TBA 2018

 Museum of Printing, Haverhill MA
TBA, Center for Book Arts, New York

Participants will learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs. We will also discuss all models of interest and other brands as warranted. Whether you use a school press, own one, or are planning to buy, this workshop will provide excellent direction for your future presswork. Bring your questions, photos and/or broken parts. Paul will also share examples from his collection of Vandercook literature.


Proof Press Finesse
Improve the technical quality of your presswork in this problem-solving workshop. Moxon will cover how to tweak current problems on the press and to gain mastery of press skills with a focus on production printing using a Vandercook, delve into the minutiae of make-ready, imposition, lockup, and the adjustment of form rollers to obtain proper inking and impression. Other topics include choosing paper and inks, using photopolymer plates and troubleshooting press problems, all resulting in better quality press work, better understanding of equipment and materials, better ability to troubleshoot, and an all around productive time spent among quality people. Bravely bring examples of your worst printing to be critiqued in class as well as any photopolymer plates or paper you would like to try; otherwise all materials will be provided. A great class for those considering starting their own shop.

Vandercook Concentration: Mastering the Proof Press
This comprehensive workshop delves into the minutiae of Vandercookery. First we will service the pressses as needed, then we will investigate materials and methods to improve the technical quality of presswork. With a focus on production printing using proof presses, we will examine the control of inking, cylinder packing, proper height of plates, form imposition, lockup and registration aids. By standardizing materials (as much as possible) we will do “minimum makeready” to achieve maximum results — just like Vandercook intended.

(Robert Keleman)
(Amanda Stevenson)
(Paul Brown)