Silent Auction Fundraiser for Children First

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on November 9, 2014 by horseandbuggypress

Me and Annie’s son Miles (recently turned 3) has been attending Children First Preschool since early September. Children First is a non-profit Durham preschool in its third decade (and in fact Annie’s godson Matthew Brondoli went to it many moons ago. When Annie was pregnant with Miles we asked Matthew for some child raising advice and Matthew quickly said “Make sure he goes to Children First for preschool.”) Miles is loving it, he’s one of 12 kids ages 3-5, and we are very thankful for the great teachers Donna and Sarah, a fantastic indoor and outdoor learning environment, and a great bunch of kids and parents we are enjoying getting to know along with Miles.

Miles checking out his fireman boots and blowing you a kiss while he carries his dog named Boo.

Miles checking out his fireman boots and blowing you a kiss while he carries his dog named Boo.

I’m donating a few Horse & Buggy Press books and such for a silent auction to benefit the school. This silent auction is up and ends Friday, December 5th at Noon. 100% of the winning bids go to Children First and a letter for a charitable gift tax deduction can be provided if desired.

Items are described below (with linkage for more info). To bid on something just send an email to Donna, her email is and she will put your bid down, keeping you in the loop as others bid on your item to ensure you have the opportunity to bid higher!

Yuri’s Brush with Magic.
—Written by the late Maureen Crane Wartski (Raleigh) this is a great novel for ages 9-13. I designed this for Durham’s Sleepy Hollow Books (Amy Spaulding) , and the book features illustrations by Jason Strutz (Chapel Hill) and Alice Xiang (Durham). The story is set at Topsail Beach and touches on loggerhead turtles, photography, and dealing with the loss of a loved one and family relationships in a sensitive and uplifting way. “Weaving Japanese folklore and contemporary detail into a thoughtful novel, Wartski deftly handles themes of family, art, and forgiveness.”—Jacqueline Ogburn
More about the book
Min bid, $10; 2 copies (highest two bids are the winners)

27 Views of Durham: A Literary Landscape of the Bull City.
Introduction by Steve Schewel.
Published by Eno Publishers in 2012. The fifth in the 27 Views series, this is 200 plus pages of a diverse range of folks talking about various aspects of Durham, past and present.
Indy review of the book 
Min bid, $15

Cold Running Creek.
Award-winning novel by  Zelda Lockhart (Hillsborough)
“Poignant, haunting, and invested with a lyrical style, Cold Running Creek brings the twin horrors of removal and slavery in close orbit with one another. The result is devastating. As Lockhart freely imagines the pathos and potentialities of Native and African American crossings, she tells a tale that will set a generation of readers in search of more stories of southern Black/Indian experience.”—Sharon Holland
Indy review of the book
Min bid, $15

27 Views of Carolina Friends School: A Quaker Community in Prose and Poetry
CFS is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, and this book, with an introduction by Carrie Huff, and profiles by 27 CFS alums, gives an informative glimpse into the school. Cover art by Josh McClain, Donna and Kevin’s son.
signed by Josh McClain and Carrie Huff. Book is in production now, will arrive at CFS in late Nov., you would get one of the first copies.
2 copies. (highest two bids are the winners)
Min bid,  $15


Broadside.PaternalCareLimited Edition Fine Art Broadside Print.
from the fine press Maji Moto book…
Paternal Care baboon photographic giclee print with a text excerpt from the book hand-printed on the letterpress in three colors. Photograph and writing by Courtney Fitzpatrick (Durham).
Full info about the Maji Moto project, including pictures
Unframed print, signed and numbered, limited edition of 28.
Min bid $75
Craven Allen House of Frames (Broad Street) will provide 15% off cost of framing if you tell them Dave sent you.


Kenny Roby. Memories and Birds CD.
10 songs, published 2013.
Designed by Dave Wofford of Horse & Buggy Press.
Signed and numbered limited edition Kenny Roby CD  with multicolor drawing of “Mr. Gibbon” by Kenny’s former housemate and Dave’s former studiomate Jason Seale.
About Kenny Roby and the album
Min bid, $10

Bending Sticks.
Last, my studiomate Kenny Dalsheimer of The Groove Productions has donated a DVD documentary he made with Penelope Maunsell. Bending Sticks: The Sculpture of Patrick Dougherty chronicles a career spanning four continents and three decades by the internationally acclaimed environmental artist who has created over two hundred majestic sculptures out of nothing more than saplings. Bending Sticks offers an intimate portrait of this Piedmont based artist.
Min bid, $20

Please know if you would like to see copies of the actual products you can visit the H&B studio on Saturday Nov. 22 (10-5) and Sunday, Nov. 23 (1-5) as part of the Downtown Durham Artwalk. Thanks for any bids and please let me know if you have questions.

News and Events

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Durham, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on September 9, 2014 by horseandbuggypress
Welcome to the blog. The H&B website is
Please know the website is being overhauled and updated this winter, and when that project (which will result in a more comprehensive portfolio section with recent work of higher quality photographic reproductions, as well as the ability to see the designs at a larger size) is completed, this blog will see dramatically increased activity. If you would like to be placed on the e-mailing list, (a newsletter is sent out every two or three months) please let me know at

David Need Readings for the H&B title Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

The Makery, Durham, NC  |  Sunday Sept. 28, 6:00pm (larger event runs from 3–7)
The Regulator Bookshop, Durham, NC  |  Tuesday, Oct. 21, 7:00pm
Flyleaf Books, Chapel Hill, NC  |  Thursday, Nov. 13, 7:00pm

Durham County Library Talk
Thursday, Dec 4: 7pm – 8:30pm

This informal show and share talk will center on book design philosophies within recent H&B titles, as well as sharing content from the books, stories from the collaborations, and providing a glimpse into the behind the scenes production side of making book editions that often involve hand-printing and hand-bindings. Books will be available for reading and purchasing. Joanne Abel is the Humanities and Adult Programming Coordinator for the Library and has been putting on a wide range of stellar events and talks over the last few years. Please consider getting on their mailing list (e-mail and print) to be kept in the loop.

Pamlico Writers’ Conference

Washington, NC | Saturday, March 21, 2015
Three person panel discussion at 9:30am
I will discuss cover and interior page design and explain how the process of designing a book unfolds and can be an enjoyable collaborative process for all and is a crucial step in presenting an author’s words and stories to the reading public. The difference and overlap between design, typesetting, and book production will be explored.

Solo breakaway session at 10:45 am
Books will be on display and for handling. The talk will center on design philosophies as well as sharing content from recent H&B title and stories from the collaborations. Side spurs and tangents will be explored and audience participation is encouraged.

H&B books, and other letterpress goods, will be available for sale at the book fair component of the festival.

Book Projects for Other Publishers.

I’ve designed two art photography books for Daniel 13. Photourist features the work of NYC based Andy Gershon Muse features the large-format color photography of Gail Goers. Publication dates are September (Photourist) and November (Muse).

I’m continuing to design the 27 Views series for Eno Publishers. The most recent edition was 27 Views of Charlotte which is now at bookstores.

Along those lines, I’m designing a book about the Carolina Friends School that will be also feature the 27 Views moniker which Elizabeth Woodman from Eno Publishers has graciously shared with the school (which is the publisher for this book celebrating 40 years of the school). 27 Views of the Carolina Friends School will be available in mid/late November and will be available for purchase at the school, area independent bookstores, and here at the H&B studio.

Open Studios on Third Fridays.

Horse & Buggy Press continues to have open studios on the Third Friday of every month as part of Third Friday Durham. This is a great time to come by and see new work which lately has included menus for new restaurants, poetry chapbooks, business cards for a variety of artists and organizations, and brochures for companies. Our hours for these open studio events is 6-9pm and we often have receptions for the guest artist exhibits in the foyer gallery.

U P F R O N T   G A L L E R Y    E X H I B I T S

7 of 18: Celebrating Durham’s 2014–2015 North Carolina Arts Council Fellowship Recipients.
Six of this years’ eighteen recipients are from Durham (and an additional recipient had a show here at the BCAC recently so we made the executive decision to grant her honorary Durahmite status) and this quickly organized exhibit celebrates their work, the high Durham quotient of recipients, and the fellowship program in general. Co-curated with Chris Vitiello, Jeff Pettus of the NC Arts Council wrote an informative essay about the history of the fellowship program which provides additional context to the exhibt. The upfront gallery was enlarged for this show (two of our workspaces are currently empty so the show spills into these areas) and includes film works by Elisabeth Haviland James and Josh Gibson, so please do set aside a good chunk of time to check out the works.
Sept 19 – Oct 31
expanded foyer gallery hours:
Every Thurs and Friday 11am – 2pm
Saturdays! Oct 4, 11, and 18; 6–9pm
by appt at
Open Studios  Third Friday, Oct. 17: 6-9pm


Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Posted in 21st century life, Art, Design, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on November 27, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

The fourteenth title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint has been completed.

Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke

Translations, Introduction,  & Essay by David Need
Drawings by Clare Johnson

Roses is a 224 page interdisciplinary investigation into Rilke’s late work, written in French instead of his native German, and produced with the utmost attention to detail and quality in materials.

Poet and poetry scholar David Need has been working on these translations for many years. The book presents the original French poems alongside David’s translations to English, and each of the 27 poems in the Roses series is accompanied by a pen and ink drawing by Clare Johnson. An essay by David, a series of appendix poems, and elaborate endnotes offer additional perspectives into Rilke’s work.

The books are offset printed in two colors using high-end heavyweight paper with a tactile eggshell finish, and the covers are partially hand-printed on the letterpress with wraparound foredge flaps. Each book includes a custom printed bookmark and is numbered and hand-signed by the author.

Roses sells for only $30, despite all the high-end production touches.

For more information or to order a copy, please see the Announcement & Order Form

some spreads below . . . (I will be updating this post later this summer with photographs of the actual books)


2-title spread

3-Intro spread

4-poem spread

5-Drawing spread

5-Essay spread

7-appendix poems spread

8-notes spread

TESTIFY: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Horse & Buggy Press project, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress on November 27, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

The thirteenth fine press title to be published under the Horse & Buggy Press imprint has been completed and as of the first week of May 2014, books are starting to go out into the world.

TESTIFY: A Visual Love Letter to Appalachia
Photographs by Roger May   |   Foreword by Silas House


Testify is a limited edition, two volume set of books featuring fifty images (black and white, as well as full color), an introduction by photographer Roger May, and a foreword by Silas House. Interior pages are printed on a high-end Indigo press using 100lb Mohawk Superfine eggshell finish text paper.

The covers are hand-printed on the letterpress, and each book is hand-sewn with linen thread. The limited edition of 300 copies is signed and numbered by Roger. The two volumes are presented together with a full-bleed printed bellyband, and include a bookmark and a photographic print (suitable for framing) housed in a translucent envelope.

Excerpt from Roger’s introduction . . .

Testify is a visual love letter to Appalachia, the land of my blood. This is my testimony of how I came to see the importance of home and my connection to place. After moving away as a teenager, I’ve struggled to return, to latch on to something from my memory. These images are a vignette into my working through the problem of the construction of memory versus reality. My work embraces the raw beauty of the mountains while keeping at arms length the stereotypical images that have tried to define Appalachia for decades.

To order the book . . .

Update: July 2014. The edition has sold out.
If you would like to put your name on the list should we (or a mainstream publisher) produce a second edition, please let me know.

Roger May (b. 1975) is an Appalachian American photographer currently living in Raleigh, North Carolina. He was born in the Tug River Valley, located on the West Virginia and Kentucky state line, in the heart of Hatfield and McCoy country. He served in the U.S. Army for seven years. He is currently enrolled in the Certificate in Documentary Arts program at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University, where he has also worked as a part-time instructor.

A few spreads from the books appear below . . .

Coal cars spread

Foreword spread

Dramatic blue sky spread

clogging spread

Noisy truck spread

Highway spread

sign overturned truck spread

Poster for Ninth Street Derby

Posted in 21st century life, Bikes/Cycling, Design, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Sports with tags , on September 9, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

As a cyclist myself, I was excited to design the poster for the bicycle criterium held on Ninth Street this past spring.

The event was organized by former Duke cycling coach Rusty Miller (he’s since moved down to Greenville, South Carolina).

Derby poster
This was a quick turnaround keep the costs down project that we were all very happy with, especially the high quality photograph reproductions that Zebra Printing of Morrisville was able to achieve on their digital printer.

**all photos in the poster were taken By Ben Knowles at the 2012 race.

Dialogues Booklet for Center for Art + Thought

Posted in Horse & Buggy Press project, Publishing on September 6, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

The Center for Art + Thought is a unique, web-based nonprofit organization that believes “that the convergence between art and critical thought is a crucial way to generate new modes of knowledge production and creative and critical lenses for understanding and transforming global conditions.”

Their DIALOUGES project brings together a selection of artists, writers, and scholars for a sustained, thematically-driven conversation and this summer the Center commissioned me to produce a fine press booklet of this series’ first installation.

The debut issue “Migrant Musicians: Filipino Entertainers and the Work of Music Making” brings together four individuals in a converstation moderated by Sarita Echavez See. Informed by their creative and scholarly work as well as their own experiences, they reflect on how Filipino musicians have circulated as part of a global entertainment industry. Their discussion ranges from their family memories and mythologies about music’s transportative power to their encounters with the legal realities of Filipino musicians’ experiences as overseas contract workers. As See remarks, the processes of migration and survival transform “living song into living labor”—a process that can disguise and deny the work that undergirds the making and feeling of music.

The forty page booklet was published in an edition of 150 hand-bound copies. The interiors were digitally printed in full color and I hand-printed the covers with black, metallic copper, and silver inks on black paper. Printing on black paper can always be a little risky but we were all happy with the result.

title page…


Title page


Spread Participants


Spread no image


Spread images


Spread bios


It is exciting on projects like this to show people you combine newer digital printing technologies with letterpress technology and hand sewn bindings to the benefit of the publication. And digital printing allows for creating editions in smaller edition sizes (unlike offset) and these smaller editions (usually 100-300 copies) are relatively easy to integrate special touches like letterpress printing and hand-sewn bindings which elevate the status of the publication to show readers the physical act of reading can still be a tactile, aesthetically rich experience.

Design work for documentary film events

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on September 6, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

**this post is part of a series as we catch up on sharing work from the last couple of years. The website update should take place over the winter.

Over the last five years, I’ve enjoyed working with Full Frame to design their festival broadsheet posters and program guides. Below are glimpses at materials from this year’s festival, as well as a poster and announcement I created last fall for the biennial visiting filmmaker series curated by the Arts of the Moving Image department at Duke, and a brochure and pitch deck sequence that was created for The Southern Documentary Fund Organization, an amazing non-profit which provides crucial support to help bring to light a wide range of filmmakers’ projects.


Full Frame 2013 cover


New Docs Spread


Essay spread




How Things work spread


The broadsheet poster is inserted into The Independent Weekly the week before the festival as well as sent to various cities for posting up in windows and on walls. What is shown below is the first reveal after opening the folded poster “cover,” then the second reveal to the inside of the poster (fully opened).


Full Frame broadsheet spread



The Barbaralee Diamonstein-Spielvogel Visiting Filmmaker Series features artists whose work addresses contemporary topics of social, political, economic, and cultural urgency. This past year’s series featured the work of Laura Poitras.


Duke Film Poster 2012

Duke Film 2012 Annoucement

The following link is a 17 “page” sequence created for the Southern Documentary Fund Organization to make group presentations and to provide a glimpse at the diversity and quantity of work they have supported in their first decade.
SDF digital deck low res


Below is the print brochure. While the Full Frame materials are printed in the thousands on an offset press (and we manage an incredibly tight turnaround time, especially with the 128 page program guide), the SDF brochure was printed on a digital press since the edition only numbered in the hundreds. In each case, much focus is placed into production coordination to ensure the “right” vendor gets the job and that they deliver materials that look great and at competitive prices.


SDF Brochure front cover


Brochure spread


SDF Brochure back cover


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