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Vernon, BC, V1B 2N5

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Editor in Chief:

Kevin McPherson

Production:

Jason Dewinetz

Sales:

Joan Smeyers

The Print Shop

The Okanagan College print shop houses an impressive collection of letterpress equipment, amounting to more than 50,000lbs of gear. The shop's first machine, a lovely little Pearl No.3, was donated by Canadian poet Gary Geddes, and was restored by students of the Diploma in Writing & Publishing (along with instructor Jason Dewinetz) during the 2010 academic year.

 

The tables on the right with a display of printing-related items, including a form of type locked up in a chase at front...

Bunker Class of 2016:
Jason Dewinetz, Dan Reich, Sierra Simmonds, Julie Klingner-Jardine, Kayla Tod, Cas Barra & Eugenia Pietronave.

The Pearl No. 3, paper cutter, and composing table...

Soon after restoring the Pearl we relocated to "the bunker," a storage area in the basement of the Kalamalka campus, where an arrangement was made for Jason Dewinetz, English instructor and proprietor of the Greenboathouse Press, to loan a wide range of letterpress equipment for student use.

 

Katrina Mead working with instructor Jason Dewinetz on the Pearl No.3...
The massive 14.5 x 22" Chandler & Price platen press...

That equipment includes a rare 9 x 12" Westman & Baker press (one of very few letterpress platens made in Canada), a giant 14.5 x 22" Chandler & Price platen press, an equally hefty Vandercook SP-25 Power press, an antique 36" paper trimmer, and all of the other bits & pieces required in a shop, such as a composing table, slug-cutter, mitre-cutter, etc., etc.

 

The Vandercook SP-25 with a form of wood type...

 

And then there's the type, and there's plenty of it, mostly collected from print-shops & newspapers long shut-down around the Okanagan, but also including a small gathering of newer types to be put to use on Kalamalka Press books.

 

The Pearl No.3 beside the paper trimmer...
A pallet of type to be sorted through by students...

One of the first orders of business will be for Writing & Publishing students to dig through the stacks of typecases to see what we have available, and once we begin that work we'll post some specimens of the types we discover. Stay tuned...

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