Pickwick Press Printshop Tour

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On a recent trip to Portland, Maine I was lucky enough to get a guided tour of Pickwick Press a new community print shop. As a member-based community studio, Pickwick adds a much needed component to Portland’s rapidly growing print scene.

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This tour has it all, super-custom modified presses, studio renovations, and manifestos! Lots more to see after the jump.

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Stainless steel walls make for easy magnetic picture hanging.

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Barney says it best.

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The wash-out booth/etching room is hilariously full of adaptive re-use at it’s finest.

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It seems unlikely that Pickwick could have undertaken their recent renovations, doubling their size, with no strategy, but it’s best not to brag about such things. Keeping with the home improvement format, we’ll start this portion of the studio tour with a little before picture. The image below is the new addition to the Pickwick space in mid-renovation.

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And this is the space following weeks of all-volunteer labor.

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Nice light.

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This custom poured cement counter top is the bees knees!

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I especially like the tiled paper soaking tray, with angled paper drip off, with copper lip.

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Prepare for the Pimp My Press- Maine-style portion of this post.

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That crank arm definitely not custom. And who made that base?

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This lil’ press is red hot. How to turn a surplus table into a steampunk press table. Step 1) add lots of hard wood braces. Step 2) Add lots of brass.

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The El Camino might be a small press but it got the same treatment as the rest. Custom base. But wait.. is that a clear press bed?! Who knew?

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Literally, while I was working on this post, I received an email with these pictures of Pickwick’s new press building project. Working with a local architect, they designed and are building their new large bed press.. who knew?

This salvaged flat file work table is a real beauty.

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I asked the folks at Pickwick if they could send me the text that is hand painted on their street-facing window (it was impossible to photograph), And here it is, their manifesto writ large. Nice work Pickwick, Portland has a local community print shop that any city would be proud to call their own.

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3 Responses to “Pickwick Press Printshop Tour”

  1. Lucy says:

    What a beautiful spacious airy looking workshop. Hope your local printmakers enjoy it.

  2. kyle bryant says:

    WE DO Thank you!

  3. ben moreau says:

    what a kick ass shop. wish it had been around when i was in portland.