Excelsior Press Restoration
currently available at Excelsior Press
One of the things we discovered as we experienced this
Letterpress Renaissance of the late 20th and early
21st century is that there is a new need not only for
instruction of new Letterpress want-to-be Printers by
old, experienced printers, but there is also a serious need for
experienced printers and machinists to tackle
the project of proper
restoration of old printing presses.
While there have been many excellent examples of
beautifully restored presses, a number of hacks have
done some terrible 'refurbish' work and sold their
junk on eBay. We take a different approach.
In other words, we don't just paint a press to make it
salable, we *restore* presses to
like-new or better-than-new condition.
And, since we had always enjoyed teaching our new
employees the ins and outs of letterpress printing
since the commercial days of The Excelsior Press
(1965-85), tutoring new printers became a natural
focus of our talents.
since we had always found the engineering and
mechanics of letterpress machinery fascinating, and
since that knowledge attracted restoration projects to
our doors, we realized that the world does not need
just another traditional letterpress printer, but it
really does need skilled letterpress machinists -
people who understand both the printing and the
engineering of these presses and can do a good job of
restoring these presses.
You might say we found our niche.
So here it is - antique press restoration and how
we do it.
While our primary purpose is to share this information
to add to the general body of work on this subject, we
do wish that these pages will be studied by press
owners who wish to restore their own presses - and not
to encourage competition in this limited niche market.
In other words, if you want to restore your own
press, these pages are for you. If, however you wish
to compete with our work, and restore presses
commercially as a source of income, we politely
ask you not to. Much of the information shared
on these pages came at quite an expense in mistakes
and many, many hours of study. And, as much as we do
wish to educate the public, we do not wish to give
away our 'trade secrets' (although that's
exactly what we do on these pages...) So kindly
refrain from competing with us while we are still
engaged in this work as our primary source of income
and support for the Excelsior Press Museum Restoration
And, one last final word: We do not presume to be the
world's experts on this subject. We are not telling
you how to restore your press, we are simply reporting
the steps and techniques that we have found helpful as
we restore presses... The following pages are all, by
their very nature, works in progress. Please bear with
us as we update and edit these pages with photos and
August, 2017 March, 2019