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Steve Woodall



Hello, fellow Vandercook enthusiasts! I developed this site, based upon files provided by Mark Wilden, creator of the original Vandercook Proof Press website (2003-05), and by a host of others (see Acknowledgements on the About page).

I am a graduate of the University of Alabama MFA in Book Arts Program, and a print designer and letterpress printer based in Mobile, Alabama. I have taught workshops on letterpress and Vandercook Maintenance at universities and book arts centers throughout the U.S. (see Workshop Schedule).

My letterpress work is included in several public and private collections. Examples can be seen online at

To contribute, comment, correct, or suggest to this site, please use the contact form.



My Vandy: before and after

No. 4T (SN 15171, 1951) with .070'' cylinder undercut

The No.4 was in production from 1935-1960. It was solidly built and weighs in at a lean 1100 lbs. It has a bed dimension close to that of the SP15. I think of this model as being like a muscle car (it's my Mustang). It was inspected at the factory by H.L. Keller, so I call her Helen.

First, I popped out the dents in the two shelves below the bed with a rubber mallet, sanded rusted areas on the cabinet and the feed board, degreased it with Simple Green and polished the bare metal with Nevr-Dull® Magic Wadding Polish — it's magic and non-toxic!

Spray painting was not an option in the shop where the press was then housed, but most of the original paint was in good condition except on the front end and feedboard. I was emboldened to spot paint with oil-base enamel using a fine brush and a small diameter roller after having visited the Wells College Book Arts Center where Terry Chouinard had painted a 325G. While my effort isn't a factory finish, the color match is good and the brass has bling. The power light works, too.

I ordered several parts from NA Graphics including a belt guard, and after numerous inquiries, located a traveling sheet delivery tray. Someone suggested I add neon under the cabinet. Hmm ... pimp my press.








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