Sometimes progress means a technical retreat, u-turn or relapse… really!
My Chandler and Price 10 x 15 press, ‘William’, was originally driven by motor and belt. Some of the similar presses of this period (1911 to 1915) would average 17 or so impressions per minute (It varies on who is reporting the same… It makes me think of fishing stories…). When I first started using this press, I ran the press by turning the wheel by hand for each impression. It was not only a good work out it provided a manageable, reasonable pace for someone new to the letterpress process. Now! I’m so thrilled to now have a treadle press that once wasn’t a treadle press!
As a birthday present, a dear friend created the treadle and installed the same on my press. It’s smooth running, it’s fast or slow, and it’s powered by me! I love the workout the treadle provides. There's a rhythm to operating the treadle, feeding paper, and pulling the print from the press all the while remembering to switch legs. Once I’ve reached a consistent rate per minute, I will let you know, whether or not the rate is worth bragging about…
For now, I’m so grateful for the gift and I’m working on my treadle groove, rhythm.