Vandercook Maintenance & Print Finesse Workshop with Paul Moxon – Vancouver, Canada – Jan 18-19


Vancouver, Canada – Porchlight Press (, along with the Vancouver Letterpress League (, presents Paul Moxon, Vandercook and letterpress expert, as the workshop lecturer for this 2-day workshop. Whether you use own your own press, use a community studio press, or are thinking of buying one, this workshop will provide excellent direction for your future presswork.


Workshop Details

Saturday, January 18 & Sunday January 19 |9:30am-5:30pm
Porchlight Press – # 204 25 6th Avenue East Vancouver, BC


On the first day of this two-day intermediate-level printer workshop, participants will learn all the points of maintenance, cleaning, and lubrication so as to be prepared for potential problems and make or direct repairs on Vandercook presses. Along with covering Porchlight’s No. 4, SP-15, and Universal Vandercook presses, we will also discuss all models of interest and other brands as warranted. Bring your questions, photos and/or broken parts.

Day two focuses on problem solving and improving the technical quality of your presswork. With a focus on production printing using proof presses we will closely 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. Bravely bring examples of your worst printing to critique in class.

Materials to bring: students can bring photos, press manuals, parts from presses needing work, troublesome plates, inks and papers to experiment with in class.

Registration details can be found here:

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