About Me

Councillor Benjamin Brundell during his year as Chairman

Benjamin BrundellSelf-styled web guru Jakob Nielsen suggested that all sites should have some sort of ‘About’ section to help build credibility. I thought it best that I should offer a couple of words about me and my letterpress fascination.

I started printing in 2005 with an Adana 5 x 3 and have gone on from there to run a number of presses, including a Vicobold and Arab. I never print for money (not even to cover costs); and believe in John Ryder’s philosophy that to get paid would be to shackle oneself to the demands of another person.

All this is done in the garage at home in Rishworth West Yorkshire. It’s a wonderful part of the world, and you probably know you’ve been there because you’ve passed that farm on the M62 that sits between the Lancashire and Yorkshire-bound carriageways.

If you’d like to get in touch, please contact me

5 thoughts on “About Me”

  1. Dear Ben,
    I don’t know if it’s the new software but I can’t access the ads page – it simply goes into a blank page.
    Your site is excellent – keep it up!
    Best wishes, simon

  2. Found your website when looking for information on British and European Composing Sticks. My first contact with printing was in 1956 when I happened to be visiting when our pastor was printing tickets for the church’s annual fundraising chicken dinner and ended up “helping.” The next year he asked if I could assist him and then the following year he gave me the press becasue he was retiring . I’m still in the printing industry today doing mostly estimating and planning of jobs. Over the years I rescued quite a bit of type and other items but my special interest has been composing sticks and I have assembled a fairly extensive collection.
    I’m currently photographing them and doing research with the intention of posting some information on the web and possibly printing some type of reference work.
    The history of any individual design can be difficult to trace but I have had the most problems with British and European sticks.
    I would be delighted to correspond with any of like interest who might have additional information.
    Dennis Headrick, Oregon, U.S.A.

  3. Very interesting site if like me you are a printing fanatic. After working firstly in flexo, then letterpress at withy grove (newspapers), then web offset and now finalley in gravure, retirement will soon be on the horizon! Then I can get my adana and start doing thermographic printing. You’re site will be a great help!

  4. Thanks so much for making all this information available – it’s a really useful resource. I am today excitedly awaiting delivery of an Ajax press, so I’m sure I’ll soon be back looking for more info.

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