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type form for Deep Wood Press advertising piece
      photo by Todd Zawistowski




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Coming this fall - Chad will be featured in a new nationally aired PBS television series
A Craftsman's Legacy
in episode 11 titled The Bookmaker. The show will begin in September, check the shows website after September 4th or your local PBS network affiliate for dates and times for viewing in your area.
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NESTLED in the forest along the banks of the Cedar River in Northern Michigan’s Antrim County, Deep Wood Press has continued the centuries old tradition of hand crafted printed items, bindings and book matter. With a foundation in fine art and a careful attention to craftsmanship and detail the end result is more than a vehicle for information.

Our fine press books are printed via letterpress with metal type on fine papers and illustrated with artwork from original wood engravings, lino cuts and intaglio prints created by Chad Pastotnik and other gifted artists for these editions. The sheets are then bound by hand in traditional and contemporary book structures to please the eye as well as the mind – which we endeavor to impress as carefully as our papers.



New book to accompany last years big broadside. The Mad Angler Poems by Michael Delp are now available and includes five wood engravings by Chad.

The Mad Angler's Manifesto
The Mad Angler Poems title page




6 ~ 2014

New and recent Books: (click title to see details)

  • The Mad Angler Poems, by Michael Delp with 5 hand colored wood engravings by Chad Pastotnik. A collection of  24 poems that examine our impact on the water and the natural world we were spawned from with humor and deadly truths. Printed in 2 colors on Magnani Revere Book in an edition of 71 books 10 of which make a special edition. 
  • Saturnalia, by H.P. Lovecraft with an original calligraph by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on Hahnemühle Schiller white paper. A lovely early poem celebrating the festival of Saturn traditionally occurring around December 15th.
  • The Mad Angler's Manifesto, by Michael Delp with a 7 color linocut reduction print by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on 175gsm Somerset Book Softwhite paper, sheet size 18 5/8 x 26 inches. Two separate editions of 50 and 36, signed and numbered by the author and artist.
  • If, (broadside) by Rudyard Kipling with a wood engraving by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on Domestic Etch off-white paper, sheet size 10 x 16" Limited edition of 55 signed and numbered copies.
  • The Path, by Sigrid Christiansen with 4 multi-color linoleum cuts by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on Hahnemühle Schiller white paper. A lovely small book form born from a song heard around a campfire.
  • The Trout in Winter, (broadside) by Jerry Dennis with a copper engraving by Glenn Wolff. Printed on handmade Somerset Textured off-white paper, sheet size 22.5 x 15.25" Limited edition of 65
  • The Intruder, by Robert Traver (John Voelker). With gorgeous wood engravings by Jim Westergard, a foreword by Richard F. Vander Veen and printed in 5 colors on Hahnemühle Schiller paper. The regular edition is now available.
  • Killing the Bear, by Judith Minty. Minty’s deeply felt, archetypal tale of confronting wild nature and self, Killing the Bear has never before been published on its own. With a foreword by Anne-Marie Oomen and wood engravings by Glenn Wolff.
  • There Be Monsters, by Chad Pastotnik. A little fable about how to walk in the woods. While my little story is short and sweet it does have an interesting plot twist. Featuring a six color linoleum cut and hand color work on that and a wood engraving also by Chad Pastotnik.
  • The Changeling's Exile, by Gerard Wozek. A long poem of an anguished soul lamenting his unfortunate switch at birth by the faerie folk. Accompanied with a copper engraving by Chad Pastotnik.
  • The Frogs Who Wished A King, Aesop's, versified by Mrs. Clara Doty Bates (1873). A childrens book, of sorts, with five intaglio prints by Chad Pastotnik. 
  • Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. A new edition heavily illustrated by Marc Castelli in a large format (9x12" page) and printed in 3 colors on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Designed and produced for the Chester River Press and printed here at DWP. A few copies left!

                      Upcoming events:

2014


April 5th & 6th - The Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair. 40 Member Presses of the Fine Press Book Association will be featured at The Manhattan Vintage Book and Ephemera Fair on April 5 and 6, 2014. This is a secondary book fair, which occurs at the same time as the main New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Our fair will be housed in the Altman Building in the same venue as the Shadow Show, 135 West 18th Street, New York.

August 16th - 6 pm, "Book Collecting 101" event at Landmark Books in Traverse City, MI. Chad will share his 22 years of experience with letterpress book printing, book binding and the history of the fine press tradition with examples from his collection dating back to William Morris and the Kelmscott Press. Landmark Books is located in the beautiful historic Traverse City State Hospital, come join the conversation and continue on afterwards for a light meal or drink nearby. Deep Wood Press books will be available for sale at the event at a special evening price.

September 7th - 12th annual Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chad will once again have a table space with his books and will be demonstrating intaglio printmaking.

At noon, in the corner tent, Chad will be part of a panel of Michigan based independant presses talking about our books and processes. The panel will be moderated by Lynne Avadenka and will also include Ken Mikolowski who founded the Alternative Press in Detroit in the 1960's and Hannah McMurray of Harlequin Creatures.

October 3rd-5th - Deep Wood Press will once again be in Newcastle, Delaware for Oak Knoll Fest XVIII. This is another FPBA show which draws fine presses from around the world and includes a Friday symposium  "Craftsman to Collector" which is also open to the public.

* Coming this fall - Chad Pastotnik, Deep Wood Press will be a episode in a new nationally shown PBS television series A Craftsman's Legacy. The show will begin in September, check the shows website after September 4th or your local PBS network affiliate for air dates in your area.

* Also this fall there will be a story and photo spread about Chad and DWP appearing in The Flyfish Journal written by James Spica. No further details at this time.

2015

February 8th-11th - CODEX International Book Fair & Symposium. Chad & his Deep Wood Press will attend and show the books at this premier world's fair of fine press editions and artists books. The Craneway Pavilion, 1414 Harbour Way South, Richmond CA (Berkeley)

Scheduled for a 2015 release - A Deep Wood Journal  issue No. 1. An annual collection of poetry, prose and original printwork culled from contemporary writers and artists. More details to come soon.


"The Path" center spread

The Path by Sigrid Christiansen
7 color lino cut by Chad Pastotnik
frogs

The new edition of Saturnalia by Howard Phillips
Lovecraft, collagraph by Chad Pastotnik

Kind words for Heart of Darkness:

"It is a splendid presentation and I have enjoyed it greatly. The presswork is exemplary as is the design. Marc Castelli's drawings are, frankly, masterful. All in all a mighty fine book. I salute you and your team on a superior project."                             
Barry Moser


"What makes the design of the Chester River Press edition such a successful and superior book is its unpretentiousness and its typographic willingness to facilitate an uninhibited read of Conrad's visceral, morally ambiguous tale. The spartan yet subtly flexible architecture of the 100 meticulously crafted page-spreads offers a reading experience that is quietly contemplative and sublime yet is still imbued with a high level of gravitas. ...



"The text blocks provide a structural foundation out of which Mr. Castelli's sepia-rendered etchings emerge as unflinchingly objective, visually candid portrayals of this tale's most seminal moments. They interrupt the flow of the narrative just enough to afford the reader crucial opportunities to contemplate the themes that Conrad has woven into this novella."
review - Parenthesis #19





ForeWord Magazine blurb







Nice little blurb from the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of ForeWord Reviews magazine. Click here to see the full story.



















Apprentice Position


  • 6/14: DWP is now taking application for the apprentice position. This position will be listed on Briar Press, the CBAA, the Book Arts Classified and the usual listserves. This position will be available for this Fall/Winter 2014/15.






Ernest Hemmingway's "Along with Youth



Above: Type set on a curve with circular quads to produce the title. Wood Engraving by Jim Horton.

Below: Printing the center throw-out for Conrad's Heart of Darkness on a Kelly 2 press at Seely's Printing Service in Charlevoix, MI. The sheet is 35.5x12", a little too big for any current press in possesion at DWP. That's Dale from Seely's running the beast and Chad at the delivery end.










In addition to producing fine books and broadsides there are plenty of prints by Chad Pastotnik that will be coming to the site soon.




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