I got there early so I decided to walk around the block and see what I could find. This young lady beckoned from the balcony of the bar across the street but I was focused on art so I did not respond.
The class today was one of many that the museum director, Jim Moran, conducts for whomever wants to get their hands dirty.
The session started at 9:00 a.m. sharp with a tour of the facility.
Then, there was a brief orientation to the methods of wood type printing available to us and we were set loose in the museum's printing shop to use some of the bazillion wood type they have for printing.
I worked on a press that was very easy to operate. Made from steel, it is a hand operated roller that produced fine work with each pass. It was also very easy to set up the type for my prints using the vintage wood type and "furniture" or magnets to set the type.
I worked on a few different projects. I made a small poster about my Dad.
This place is so cool. Besides Jim making it a ton of fun and very easy for a newbie like me--where else in the world can you walk into a museum dealing with vintage stuff that lets you play with the exhibits?