Archive for July, 2009


Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Design, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on July 27, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Merge Records just celebrated their 20th anniversary. Most folks know by now that the independent music label makes its home in Durham. By all accounts I’ve heard the shows at the Cradle were great. Kudos to Laura, Mac, and the entire Merge crew for putting out so many great albums over the years (and 7 inches, EPs, special events, and more). Always nice to see an independent do good things and be successful.

Below is the poster Merge art director Maggie Fost designed ( I love the maquette of the Cradle stage she created, great idea and execution ) and which I letterpress printed the black and red text.

And the current issue of the Independent Weekly features a cover design type collage I created based on lyrics from various Merge songs over the years.

XX poster

Indy Cover


R.I.P. Bruce Rosar— Sunday ride starts at Shearon Harris visitor center

Posted in 21st century life, Bikes/Cycling, Event on July 17, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

from the durham bike and ped listserv….

Date: Tues, Jul 14 2009 6:49 pm

From: Alison Carpenter

There has not been much more information released on the circumstances of
the crash, though the news has received much coverage the past couple of
days and there has been an outpouring of emotion across the Triangle over
Bruce’s death.  He was a great cycling advocate and warm-hearted individual
who devoted most if not all of his free time to all things cycling.  My
understanding is that his family does not plan to hold a public funeral at
this time, but there is a rally ride hosted by NC Bicycle Club this weekend
that will pay tribute to Bruce.  Details at

On Tue, Jul 14, 2009 at 9:01 PM, Scott A Weir wrote:

Any further news on Bruce Rosar? I didn’t know him, but the story in Sunday’s N&O was almost completely bereft of details. I have cycled in all but about three of the “lower 48” and four provinces of Canada for more than forty years, and I have never seen any place as consistently hazardous for cycling as NC: Narrow roads, hilly and winding, no shoulders, steep dropoffs, and a motoring public that varies between ignorance and aggression with regard to bicyclists even in the Triangle. Clearly Bruce knew the hazards, and spent much of his life in efforts to educate both cyclists and the public.  SAW

My new bike

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Bikes/Cycling, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft on July 15, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Brian From Circle A has finished my custom frame and fork.

bike There’s more pictures and a slide show at the Circle A website

That’s right, lugged steel baby.

This thing has been a long time comin’. Twelve years and maybe 15,000 miles ago I bought a used trek hybrid so I think I got my money’s worth out of “Moose.” It’ll become the guest bike (either that or I’m gonna roll it off a cliff into a bonfire).

Not too many things in this world are handmade and built by the person who designed it. This bike is the work of Brian Chapman of Providence, Rhode Island from start to finish.

In a few weeks I should have this puppy outfitted with components (silver components for this old school R.G.; Nitto stem and bars, Sram rival drivetrain, 50/34 compact crank and a 12/25 cassette, Paul racer centerpull brakes,  Eggbeater pedals) and be out and about riding. (an advance thank  you to mr. Ten Speed Carpenter for volunteering to build it out and educamacate me about how that all works). I’ll post pics later this summer when all is said and done. I’m rather interested to see how much differently this handles as I move from a hybrid to road bike geometry, and hopefully that it is a tad easier to haul up the hills than the tank-like Moose.

In my dreams the bossman gives me a two week paid vacation and I ride this thing across the state, searching out back roads and north carolina eateries and breweries, ending up at the beach for some body surfing. In reality, I stop typing now and get back to work so I can make some money to buy tires.

Broadside for Durham Farmers’ Market

Posted in 21st century life, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Durham, Horse & Buggy Press project on July 6, 2009 by horseandbuggypress


Broadside from file

Five colors, hand-printed on the letterpress, these are hand-numbered in a limited edition of 464, and will not be re-printed. The broadsides are 13 x 20 inches and are only $12, so you can have money left over to get them framed

For sale at the market or any Third Friday open house here at the studio. Proceeds benefit the Durham Farmers’ Market.

UPDATE: Come by the studio to see the broadside framed by Craven Allen Gallery House of Frames –my favorite frame shop that also always has interesting work in the basement gallery. I’ve got some 15% off coupons they generously gave me to pass along.

The text at the bottom is a history of the evolution and growth of the Market, and the background soft text is a chronological list of all farms and craftspersons that have been involved over the years. Two papers were used throughout the edition, a sheet made of kenaf fibers (unfortunately discontinued by Crane), and Greenfield’s Hemp Heritage, a sheet composed of 25% organic hemp, and the remaining 75% post-consumer recycled content. Woodcut image by Josef Beery. The broadside was the idea of Erin Kauffman, the manager of the Farmers’ Market.

With an informative, rather text-heavy poster I wanted a single iconic image so the poster could be a restful calm thing to look at, and thought this woodcut was nice for how it implied “harvest” as much as a singular crop. Plus I like how an ear of corn is composed of lots of different little kernels…just like a farmers market is composed of many different little farms.

Wedding Announcements for soon to be Vermont Homesteaders

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Horse & Buggy Press project on July 3, 2009 by horseandbuggypress

Liz and Mark are moving from the Boston area to Vermont.

I designed their wedding announcements and thank you cards and hand-printed them on my current favorite paper, Hemp Heritage, a 110lb cover composed of 25% organic hemp and 75% post-consumer recycled content. The sheet is a nice warm white, with quiet orange flecks and a subtle laid finish which shows off the letterpress impression quite nicely. (Unfortunately the same can’t be said for our digital camera, an upgrade is in the works. Come by on our open studios on the third Friday of each month to see the actual printed artifact in its true ink and paper glory)



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