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"Canoe" by David Rigsbee

Here’s the first in the series of broadsides by North Carolina poets.  A series of eight are planned, with contributions from some of North Carolina’s wonderful poets. Handset and printed in Bulmer on Somerset Velvet, with a larger edition on Mohawk Superfine Cover.


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I’m happy to report that Woven was chosen by Eileen Wallace for the Capital Show at the Center for Book Arts.  The show is up for a few more days!  Then it’s time to fetch the accordion home, poundcake style, in my big plastic cakebox-like container.  Now it’s time for broadsides–in press at the moment is David Rigsbee’s new poem “Canoe.”  Sadly though, the printer was out of sorts, and awaits one more font!

"Woven" exhibited in the Capital Show

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Bookopolis drew a wonderful crowd.  It was fun to see all ages and aesthetics mixing it up.

An intent crowd of book lovers at Bookopolis 2011

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This weekend at Bookopolis in Asheville was a treat…well over a 120 books in the show, with some forty or so in the Capital Show, juried by Eileen Wallace.  I learned a lot about books just by examining all the many possibilities.  And wonder of wonders, Woven is in the Capital Show through Thanksgiving.  Lots of wonderful work by Daniel Essig, Margaret Cogswell and others.  I loved Elsi Vassdal-Ellis’s “There goes the Neighborhood” (she from Bellingham, WA) which examines endangered neighborhoods and biodiversity.  And then on a different note was an amazing tiny book, “Outback Poem” by Sandy Webster from Brasstown.  Beautiful altered photos accompanying a letterpress poem.

Here’s “Woven” in situ.

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Thanks to Steve Robinson of Rising Sun, Indiana, a spiffy new / old press has now landed safely in the Celo Knob Press shop.  Steve’s the greatest–good refurb, amazingly easy set up.  And now the press is up and running.  Here’s a ‘first light’ print run, along with a party invite for my graduating PhD and MA students.  You’ll also see the first production from the Samizdat Press, whose proprietor I’m allowing to use my equipment.  The Samizdat editor is working on a truth-in-labeling project he calls the Orwell Project.   First item, a set of desk cards: on one side “Big Stick” and on the other “Best Practices.”  Broadsides to come!

The shop with press

Heres the press, side view, with the inking wheel on the right.

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Celo Knob Press

Furniture, slug cutter, slugs--let's hear it for sawhorses too.

Over the past three years I’ve begun publishing letterpress broadsides and chapbooks, under the press name Celo Knob Press.  My current project is a series of broadsides featuring poems by North Carolina poets.  This spring I’m collecting the parts of a printshop, soon to be installed in my basement out in the country from Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Here’s the furniture, the wooden spacing you use to lock up a type form in the press bed.

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