My adventure into the world of letterpress printing began with this little tabletop machine.
Having been captivated by letterpressed invitations whilst reading magazines from the US and Europe I set about founding out more about how such beautiful textured, almost three dimensional pieces were created.
Research online indicated that the Adana 8×5 was an ideal entry level press.
To my delight I discovered that one could still purchase a new/refurbished Adana from the UK. Quick smart money was sent and great anticipation for it’s arrival mounted. More money was sent – (to NZ customs!) – but finally it arrived, along with type, brass rule, ink, quoins, reglet, furniture, lead spacing and all the things a beginner needed to get started in letterpress printing!
This little machine provided many a lesson, validated my love of letterpress and had me wanting more!!