Friday, July 31, 2009

dead animals and pith helmets

If you haven't seen this article in the New York Times entitled "The New Antiquarians" you should check it out. The slideshow is worth the price of admission.

For more information about those two sisters,
Hollister and Porter Hovey, you can check out their blog right here.

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

busyness cards

These are my business cards. Designed and photographed by my friend Anna Hurley and printed by me. They are a work of art, and you should frame one if you are lucky enough to ever receive one.

Double-sided, on curry cardstock printed on a Heidelberg Windmill.

Friday, July 24, 2009

a bit anal

This is the set-up of my tools on the side of my press. The other guys think it may be overkill, but I always know if they borrowed something without asking.
The List, (from top right moving left)
1. rubber band ball
2. loupe
3. swatch samples
4. paper finger (attachment for press)
5. guide clips
6. guide with homemade paper clip
7. Quoin key
8. Calculator
9. shears
10. pica pole
11. buffalo horn bone folder
12. screwdriver, flat head
13-16. assorted wrenches
17. x-acto knife
18. NA Graphics Star Makeup Rule

Thursday, July 23, 2009

sea chanty posters

I recently collaborated with two of my coworkers and amazing designers Anna Hurley and Shauna Leytus, from Hello!Lucky on these posters. I gave them a line from one of my favorate chanties and they interpreted to their own whim.
Both are letterpress, the smaller three color was done on my usual Heidelberg Windmill and the other was done on a Vandercook No.4.
I put them up for sale at the Renegade Craft Fair this weekend and they did pretty well.
The posters are for a sea chanty that happens every first saturday of the month aboard the Balclutha at Hyde St. Pier. See you there!

Monday, July 20, 2009

Saddle bag

I just did a trade with my friend Shayna Brown. Shes a wonderful designer, post production whiz, and a very talented crafter.
She came up with the design of her business card which I letterpressed and in return she made me this awesome saddle bag for my bike.
I love the woven faux leather fabric, big buttons and strap that attches it to the seat post, but my favorite thing about it is the embroidered patch. It makes me feel like I'm some sort of WWI RAF pilot.
Thank you Shayna.

Thursday, July 16, 2009


woodcut on japanese paper

Initially part of my senior thesis, this print hawkens back to a 1930's schoolbook on animals I saw. Having grown up on a farm and raised by depression era ethics of my grandparents, I immediately connected to the image. I added the light blue evergreens on the bottom to show my favorate tree growing up, the blue spruce. The trees also give the bull scale making it appear to be Babe, the blue ox. The title Lumber is given right on the print to remind the veiwer of the technique (a woodcut), the subject matter (Babe and trees), and the raw materials of what went into this print.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

How to get on the Sartorialist

Thought this was a very clever way to claim a spot on the Sartorialist's hallowed blog.

Monday, July 13, 2009


I spotted this fashion shoot on another blog.
I would like to think volunteering on the Alma is this fashionable, but reality it's way too cold and dirty for what they're wearing and you're thinking too much about what to do next to look so damn good.

The Alma

The Alma in the foreground at the recent wooden boat show in Tiburon, CA. I've been volunteering on her for about four months now, taking tourists around the bay every Saturday.

As built in 1891, Alma was a typical flat-bottomed, square-ended scow 59 feet in length, with a 22.6-foot beam, and a 4-foot depth of hold. Alma's registered tonnage was 41 gross and 39 net.[1] Alma carried two masts, schooner-rigged, with a single main-top-mast. Alma was average in size, but she was unusual in that, unlike many of the scow schooners then built on the bay, she had a cross-planked bottom. This construction, requiring heavier scantlings, may have contributed to her longevity

Follow the link for some more info,

Saturday, July 4, 2009


Visiting my friends and family on the Jersey Shore. I'll be here till the 12th of July. See you around.
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