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Log Cabin Print Shop Update

Being closed for almost 2 years during the pandemic has given us a chance to think about how we want to move forward with our program. Let’s start with a short re-introduction, with a rough draft outline of what we are offering right now.

photo of the log cabin print shop
The studio is in historic Old Washington. It was created to provide education and a FREE working space to explore the art of traditional printmaking.
photo of Log Cabin Print Shop Interior- work space for printmaking
The cabin has 2 rooms. The back room is a timberframe style construction primarily used to create prints. It has 2 tables and has had as many as 6 printers working in the space at once.
photo of robert foose etching press at the log cabin print shop
The etching press was designed and built by former University of Kentucky printmaking professor, Robert Foose. It works great for all sizes of woodcuts, linocuts.
photo of Hanco and Gamblin printmaking inks
We provide a range of colors in traditional OIL BASED inks. We provide them (and paper, and use of studio) free of charge to artists of any level of ability. In exchange, we ask participants to donate some of what they print to be displayed in our showroom at the cabin. We believe that printmaking is for everyone, regardless of financial situation. We are not a non-profit organization, this project is funded from personal money by the current administrators and contributions by friends, guests and showroom sales.
photo of the showroom and small etching press at the log cabin print shop
The main log cabin room is the home of our smaller early 20th century etching press. it is also a showroom of work created at the cabin.
photo of book press with handmade book by dustin cecil
This is primarily an artist-led project. As talented as our current artist-in-residence is. They do NOT have a talent for some of the administrative duties that an educational organization needs to grow and thrive. A few of our longer term goals are to offer more programs that compliment traditional print arts: like bookmaking and papermaking. We would also love to have some repairs/upgrades on the building so that we could offer a residency program for visiting artists. It would provide an opportunity for artists to get to know and work in our community. Please watch this space for developments, if you have any questions or suggestions please reach out to us!

This is a COMMUNITY art project, so please share any thoughts about how we could be useful for you. if you know anyone that could benefit from the studio or help with our mission, please leave a message and/or forward to help us spread the word.

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Assembling a Provisional Press

TODAYS PROJECT – Assemble a Provisional Press

I believe Art Is For Everyone-especially printmaking. A challenge for artists just getting started in printing is that a press usually takes a lot of room, and can be REALLY expensive.

A couple of teachers from Indiana have designed a press, called The Provisional Press. It’s designed to be easy and affordable to make. You can downlod the files to cut the parts with a laser cutter-They also sell kits with all the parts cut-all I have to do is assemble it.

Here’s a link to their website if you want to learn more: www.provisionalpress.com

I think the project is awesome, and, you never know when a small, suitcase sized press could be handy (printmaking road trip?)–so I ordered one of their kits!!!

I’ve had mixed results when assembling things like this, so stay tuned to see how it goes!

Update:  I have it assembled! I just need to calibrate it…ugh…and then we can do some printing!

UPDATE2: I don’t have the patience to calibrate the press. I will, but I’m itching to put some ink through this lovely machine

I need to do some tinkering, but my first imPRESSion is that this is a great educational tool when you don’t have a press. You’ll be able to do things that you cant when hand printing. Is this going to replace a press? I don’t think so. (I need to do more tinkering..maybe I’m wrong) it was fun to put together, I learned a lot about the mechanics of what a press does. This could be fun for a road trip print activity, but I’m spoiled, would never use it as a “daily driver”

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New block print notecards!

I’m SUPER EXCITED that printmaking season has started at my studio!

Here is my first group of linocut notecards:
The art is 6″x4.5″ printed on a 7×5″ notecard. The notecard is made from acid-free, heavyweight paper made with 100% post consumer recycled materials. The ink is made in Chicago, the paper made in Michigan (both about 5 hours from my studio). An envelope is included-so you can share my art by mail to your friends and family!!

These are a hand made products made by me in Old Washington, Kentucky. The designs are hand carved, inked by hand, then put through a hand cranked press. No computers or electricity involved.

you can see more of my printmaking work by clicking PRINTMAKING at the menu at the top of this page.

Thanks everyone for your support!

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Old Washington Block Print Recarve

There’s nothing more agonizing for a printmaker than to carve a detailed block only to discover a TYPO.

I recently did this, and had to re-carve the whole block a second time. The good news is that it looks even better after the second time around AND you can support my work by visiting my website to add one of these note cards to your collection (or send to a friend–it includes an envelope if you want to surprise someone with snail mail)

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Minnie Adkins Day Woodcut print

I AM SUPER EXCITED ABOUT THIS PROJECT!

The third Saturday of July is officially Minnie Adkins Day in Elliott County Kentucky. I’m not ready to do any art shows until September, but Minnie gave me a call and asked if I would come to the annual Folk art show they have on Minnie Adkins Day.

There are just a small handful of people I will never say ‘no’ to, and Minnie is top of that list. I met her over 20 years ago, when I first moved to Kentucky. A dear, dear friend (Bertha), introduced me to Minnie at the Folk Art Shop in Augusta, KY. I could go on and on about important that moment was in developing my art and life philosophy, but I’ll save that for another time.

This Saturday, I’m going to be at Minnie Adkins Day in Sandy Hook, KY. I’m not going to have art for sale, but I’m bringing my old fashioned press, and am going to give a FREE educational printmaking activity! Guests will be invited to print their own 9×12″ woodcut poster, of Minnie Adkins!!! (i asked about the portrait first, and Minnie said she was OK with it)

This is a little bit of a spontaneous project…I’m just starting to carve the woodcut. the design is sketched out, to give you an idea of what it will look like. I wanted to share and give you a heads up as soon as possible, so you have time to free up your weekend and make your plans to come on over to Little Sandy Lodge in Sandy Hook, Elliott County, KY from 8am-4pm this Saturday! Hope to see you there!


PROGRESS REPORT ON THE MINNIE ADKINS WOODCUT – July 14, 2021

i dont have a lot of experience as a portrait artist, so capturing a likeness im satisfied with does not always happen. my first try, green block on top of photo was a failure, but after recarving, this one gets closer to representing the joy and happiness i feel when thinking about Minnie and her art.

my hands are too cramped up to finish today, but i hope to finish and do a test print tomorrow.

Want one of these woodcuts?
you can print one with my old fashioned press as a FREE educational activity during Minnie Adkins Day, this saturday from 8am-4pm. im not going to sell these online or in my studio or galleries, so the only way to get one is to come see me and Minnie and the other folk artists at the Little Sandy Lodge, Sandy Hook KY.


TEST PRINT OF THE MINNIE ADKINS DAY WOODCUT – UPDATE 15 July 2021

Minnie is such an inspirational artist, friend and arts community leader–I can’t wait for her to see the woodcut I made in her honor. I sure hope she likes it!!!

Everyone is invited to come to Minnie Adkins Day and print this woodcut Saturday, the 17th of July from 8am-4pm (while supplies last) as a FREE educational printmaking activity. I’ll have my old fashioned press, and everything everything else you will need to make one. I’m not selling this woodcut online or in my studio or galleries. If you want one, the only way to get one is to come print it yourself.

of course, Minnie will be there, along with a bunch of her other folk artist friends. Elliott County is a great example of how the arts can thrive in a rural community…come and enjoy a day in the country with us!
See you saturday!


UPDATE July 16, 2021:
ok boys and girls, ive got some bad news…

The weather forecast for tomorrows Minnie Adkins day says its most likely going to be wet. i personally like rainy days, but a lot of moisture makes the metal gears and components of the press to rust, and rust will ruin the press.

Im disappointed that i wont be there to meet you in person and give the free educational hands on printmaking activity. instead, im printing as many Minnie woodcuts as i can today, and will deliver them to sandy hook this evening. i hate to think of any of my friends making the trip for a woodcut and being disappointed. just ask the folks at the lodge about the woodcuts, and they will have one for you…while they last. this gift from me will be my way of being there in spirit and honoring Minnie Adkins on her special day!

Ok, time for me to print!

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SOS HUMAN RIGHTS-Cincinnati/Oaxaca woodcut

Earlier this year, i was invited to participate in a printmaking/cultural exchange by SOS ART that asked artists from Cincinnati and Oaxaca, Mexico to create a woodcuts addressing 12 different human rights. I was honored to have been asked to carve the cover page.This project was important to me, not only because I believe in human rights, but Cincinnati and Oaxaca are both special places that have become part of my identity as an artist. There are differences between the people of the USA and Mexico (like the language difference) that make it hard to realize our shared humanity. One of the magical things about the arts is they transcend spoken language and give us an opportunity to better know one another.Being part of this project was a wonderful experience, I hope you will look at the whole collection, and support SOS ART if you are able. Follow this link to see the whole collection:https://sosartcincinnati.com/gallery/

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Have Art, Will Travel

HAVE ART, WILL TRAVEL!we artists have had to get more creative than ever to get through these times. Im trying something new, a mobile, outdoor, social distance print gallery. I can’t be too careful. yesterday, mason county had the highest new infection rate per 100,000 in all of kentucky!!! I probably shouldn’t even be doing this, but the people need art!If this doesn’t work with art, I might try the same with “cheap” rolex watches! Lol!