Proofing press upstairs

My new Kor­rex proof­ing press weighs 460 kilos (approx 600 lbs). Get­ting it from the street to the work­shop on the third floor was an adven­ture which, unfor­tu­nately, remains undoc­u­mented. Once upstairs, how­ever, our lit­tle Flip video cam­era was at hand to record four grown men and one press in var­i­ous stages of decon­struc­tion. The movie is very much in beta. A proper ver­sion will be made once we can actu­ally pull proofs on the press.


  1. It was with a mix­ture of con­cern and amuse­ment I watched the video — I can­not begin to imag­ine how you got it to the third floor!

  2. It’s called elbow grease.
    Actu­ally we took the ink unit off the machine by mov­ing it over to a book shelf on wheels that we had padded to reach the height of the press bed. That took about 100kg off the weight. Then we tilted the press upright and slipped it onto a lit­tle board with wheels that we had duct-taped together. This con­trap­tion was pushed into the lift (ele­va­tor) and brought to the third floor. There the process was reversed, as can be seen in the video. With­out the lift we would have been in seri­ous trou­ble. If the lift had been big­ger, we could have left the press in the hor­i­zon­tal position.

  3. Jonathan Doney

    Right! I’m com­ing over in the sum­mer and you and me can print for a few days. Fancy that?

  4. will powers

    You are either luck­ier than I, Eric, or more skilled. I once with two pals moved a Van­der­cook of the same size. We had no lift in the build­ing, so we had the bed off the base, and were rop­ing it down a stair­well. It got away from us and destroyed a wall upon land­ing. None of us was hurt, though. The press was fine.

    have fun with this.


  5. Reminds me of when Chris Stern and Byron Scott first moved a big let­ter­press into the old house in Seat­tle where Chris was liv­ing at the time. I some­how con­trived to be some­where else that day. They only had to get the press into the house on the ground floor, but the front porch had three wooden steps; as Chris put it, one guy with a bad back and one 70-year-old man got a one-ton press up onto the porch and rolled it into the liv­ing room. They did it with patience, levers, and shims; it took them all day.

    Chris dubbed his imprint Grey Spi­der Press, because of a small arach­nid who was along for the ride up those steps.


  6. will powers

    the old house”

    one-ton press”

    Those terms com­bined in one tale already make me very ner­vous. How did the joists han­dle the load, John? I have my own sad tale on this theme.


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