Seeking a Tutor in DC for C&P 8x12 OS

Hi all,

I’ve looked in the Briar Press Yellow Pages but haven’t found what I’m looking for, so I’m posting here in the hopes that someone might be able to point me in the right direction.

Having read all the grim tales of accidents and injuries with platen presses, I want to learn the *right* way to operate my C&P 8x12 OS when it arrives in DC this summer. I have a full-time job (teaching year-round) so unfortunately an internship with a master pressman isn’t a viable option. Instead, I’m hoping to find a tutor/mentor/Yoda willing to give me lessons at my house (well, technically in my garage) for an hourly fee a few weekends this summer. I’m not going to be working with photopolymer - just metal and wood type - so a person skilled in hand-setting type would be ideal.

If this sounds like something you might be interested, let me know and we can talk more via email or phone. I’m a fast learner but am realistic about the challenges (and dangers) of platen press operation. No matter how many books I read, nothing can prepare me for safe press operation quite like a good teacher skilled in the art of printing.

Thanks in advance for your replies! :)

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I would be willing to try this arrangement. e-mail me at [email protected]

Stuart Bradley at Railway Station Press in Alexandria gives instructional workshops out of his house. He’s be a great resource to start with because you’d be using his tabletop press first before your floor model arrives.

Thanks, folks! I’ll explore both options. Much appreciated! :)