Archive for December, 2010

Holiday Sale Donation — reprise comes earlier next year

Posted in Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Music on December 30, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Thanks to everyone who came out and purchased goods during our Holiday Sale

We donated $60 — 20% of the sale proceeds — to Urban Ministries of Durham.

Next year I’ll be repeating the sale — again donating 20% — and I have taken Bella’s marketing suggestion to start the Holiday Sale *much* earlier. It will start with the Third Friday in November, and we’ll be open every Saturday morning from then until Christmas in conjunction with the farmers’ market. Just as importantly we’ll have lots of new products by then including…

— new letterpress card designs (Thank You, Labor Day, Arbor Day, Congratulations; please know we welcome ideas for cards, especially ones centered around minor key holidays or with some educational history aspect to them)

— new book publishing projects (illustrated poetry books, photography, and more)

— literary broadsides

— copies of books and music projects I design for other publishers/musicians/record labels, etc.

— we may celebrate our fifteen year anniversary by finally busting out some schwag. Horse & Buggy Press cycling jerseys anyone?

Best wishes and we hope you enjoy some kind of celebration around New Year’s. We’ll be heading out to Raven Rock State Park park for a full day of hiking on New Year’s Day.

to the bridge with a little Nina Simone…


Full Frame passes on sale

Posted in Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Durham, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Politics/Philosophy on December 29, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

The 14th incarnation of the Full Frame Documentary Film Festival will be April 14–17 here in downtown Durham.

Passes are on sale now.

If you’d like a free copy of last year’s program guide to work on your netflix queue, please know they are out for the taking at our monthly open studios on the Third Friday of each month (in addition to Wednesday afternoons when we have foyer gallery hours). I highly recommend How to Fold A Flag, The Poot, Last Train Home, Summer Pasture, Wasteland, and China Blue. We heard that Restrepo was incredible, and of course if you are a Kinks fan “Do It Again” is pretty much required viewing.

The program guide also features two great essays. “Chair-Making, Ship-Breaking, Pole-Dancing, Coal-Mining, Thread-Cutting, Cart-Pushing, Cane-Cutting, Chain-Forging: Films on Work & Labor” was written by filmmakers Steven Bognar and Juia Reichert and details their choices for last year’s thematic program of the same name. Full Frame’s director of programming Sadie Tillery wrote an essay on the work and approach of Liz Garbus and Rory Kennedy, who were the recipients of last year’s Career Award.

Chris Stern’s work lives on.

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Friends, Literature, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on December 28, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Chris Stern and Jules Remedios Faye were Stern & Faye Printers. Chris died in 2006 from cancer.

Great work reproduced here at the Stern & Faye website. The discerning reader will also notice that clearly their website was an inspiration point for the design of the Horse & Buggy Press website. Chris and Jules collaborated on some beautiful broadsides.

When I was a core student at Penland I discovered Chris’s work when I purchased States of Grace. I was intrigued because he seemed to be doing what I was trying to do… making beautiful book editions that are QUIETLY beautiful, tactilely engaging, and have great writing in them, and honor the private, intimate space of reading purposefully. These were books to be read and housed in bookshelves at homes, not ensconced in rare book libraries where the rarity is the books actually getting pulled out and read by anyone.

I wrote Chris a letter and we corresponded a few times (it sure is nice when people take the time to write back, share, and continue a dialogue; it makes the world seem like such a nicer, convivial place). Besides being an accomplished printer and an adventurous designer, Chris also was active in casting Monotype and working to preserve that craft (and helping out letterpress printers who were/are still interested in using metal type). I almost pulled the trigger on a book project a few years ago that I would have published myself — and Chris would have cast the type for — but it languishes to this day on the back burner due to a lack of funds. (there’s a fair bit of esteemed company —and interesting projects — crowding that back burner).

A few years ago we treated ourselves to a broadside Chris and Jules collaborated on when we were out in Seattle. (purchased at Wessel & Lieberman, a fantastic fine press bookstore) A detail of the broadside is pictured below.

Today I received an announcement about an initiative to start ” a working museum to preserve and continue the art and industry of the cast letterform.” The beginnings of this venture is Chris’s type foundry equipment. There is lots of information below at the link. This organization is a non-profit so any donations will result in a tax credit. Please consider contributing and/or spreading the word to folks that might be interested or do-gooders with the cash money to support important things that otherwise are going to die out.

Idea of a Working Museum

Baby Please Come Home

Posted in Music on December 22, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

Darlene Love. Song starts at the 0:38 mark.


Posted in 21st century life, Bikes/Cycling on December 20, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

I’ve become a beer snob and don’t drink Hi-Life that often anymore, but watching this clip in the winter is a sort of pilgrimage—like watching the Charlie Brown Christmas Special or getting one of the neighborhood kids at the bus stop to lick the stop sign pole and see what happens. (I’m joking of course… we prefer the Rudolph stop animation around these parts)

Bicycles and beer go together like shrimp n’ grits, hotcakes and molasses, beans and cornbread….

Throw in a full moon on the winter solstice and who knows what’ll happen. Shit, I’ve heard the moon might even go dark.

H&B sale — 20% of revenue will be donated to Urban Ministries of Durham

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Event, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Music, Type High: Letterpress on December 15, 2010 by horseandbuggypress


**sale concludes Weds from 2-5pm. stop on by.**
Also, feel free to call or email if you would like to make an appointment for an earlier time.

This Third Friday, during our open studios from 6-9pm, I will be donating 20% of all sales on Horse & Buggy Press items to Urban Ministries of Durham.

Products include $6 magazines and records, $10 letterpress card sets, $12 letterpress broadsides, $13-25 trade edition books, $10-$15 music CDs and documentary DVDs, $105 photoalbums, and $55-145 fine press limited book editions.

Again, the donation will be 20% of the sale, not 20% of the profit.

From the UMD website… “Urban Ministries plays a critical role in Durham’s continuum of care network as the primary point of entry to homelessness prevention, re-housing and emergency services for a large portion of the area’s homeless and poverty-stricken population.” Shelter. Beds. Warmth. A meal.

I will also be open — and the 20% donation sale continues — on Saturday from 10am-noon and on Wednesday the 22nd from 2-5pm (these hours coincide with the Durham Farmers Market).

Description of items follows (if the title is orange, please click on it for a link to more info and pictures; most likely there will be other items for sale as well including books I’ve worked on for other publishers such as Eno Publishers and Sleepy Hollow Books, and exhibition catalogues for The Gregg Museum of Art and Design and other museums).

All purpose Southern greeting cards.
Hand-printed letterpress, three different color schemes. 5 x 7 inches.
5 cards and envelopes per set

Mobile City issue 7.
Literary journal loosely centered around cycling.
Prose, poems, drawings, and photographs by nearly two dozen contributors.
Co-edited by James Kerns and Stephen Gibson (author of the H&B title City of Midnight Skies)
48 pages, 8.5 x 11 inch page size, full color.

Sound of Singles 7 inch.
Originally an extension of a conversation with his father, Gerald removes two Bob Seger tunes from the Classic Rock ghetto and reinterprets them in his own voice (and using some non rock’n’roll instruments including accordion, electric baritone, ukuleles, and a bowed dobro). This 7 inch also includes a CD single for the turntable challenged listener. Turn the Page is backed with Beautiful Loser.
The 7 inch is hand-printed with metallic silver, red, and black inks on chipboard. Limited Edition.

Song of the Line.
This 112 page hardcover book is an impressive collaboration between two friends and features over eighty of Jack’s poems—written over the last twenty years—as well as ten engravings Henryk completed in response to reading Jack’s work. Introduction by Annie Dillard. The book has a full color dustjacket, headbands, and printed endsheets. This book was offset printed on heavyweight eggshell finish text paper.
normally $30, just $25 for this sale

City of Midnight Skies
Poems, Prose, and Drawings by Stephen Gibson.
These poems and drawings were originally created in handmade sketchbooks I made Stephen over the years.
“Very true to his surrealist lineage, Gibson’s specialty is the city noir… we glimpse the human heart, still alive and wonderfully strange. I go back to these poems for their haunting physical clarity; for the way they withhold answers in honor of mystery; for how they are both intimate and impersonal—noir, original, mysterious and lovely.”—Tony Hoagland
64 pages, 8 by 11 inches, trade edition. (the hand-printed letterpress edition is out of print)

Durham Farmers Market Broadside.
This five color hand printed 13 x 20 inch poster was commissioned by DFM to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the market. It features a short history and evolution of the market, an engraving by Josef Beery, and a list of all farms/artisan food producers associated with the market in the first ten years. I picked this image because to me it nicely implied “harvest,” and just like a single ear of corn is comprised of many small kernels, so too a farmers market is made up of many little farms.
Each print is numbered. Take your print to Craven Allen and they will give you a special discount on matting/framing.

Limited edition fine press book featuring 22 photographs and a wonderful essay by Rob McDonald. Each book in the limited edition of 135 copies features an actual darkroom print tucked in the back. All text is letterpress printed by hand, the book is hand-sewn, signed and numbered by the artist, and ten different handmade paper covers and three different colored endsheets were used throughout the edition to push the concept of each book —just like each birdhouse photographed— being a unique original. For many years Rob has been exploring all over the Southeast investigating a sense of place, and what makes places unique. This series of birdhouses came out of the larger project. All photographs were made with a Holga camera and were individually printed by hand and hand-toned in a darkroom.

“Rob McDonald has focused his Southerner’s affinity for home, the handmade, and the unique qualities of individual places on the many birdhouses he has photographed. These images remind us that no two spots on this earth are the same, that every house comes with its own set of spirits, and that everybody needs a shade tree.”—DAVID WHARTON, Center for the Study of Southern Culture, University of Mississippi
64 pages, only a few copies remain.

Poplar Forest.
Another fine press collaboration with Rob McDonald. Rob photographed Poplar Forest, the retreat Thomas Jefferson built to get away from the crowds at Monticello and which has been recently restored. Again all text, including Rob’s terrific introduction exploring the concept of retreat, and Sam Witt’s poem which deftly intersperses some of Jefferson’s original letters written while at Poplar Forest, is letterpress printed and the images were originally made with a Holga camera. Each book is hand-bound, signed and numbered, and accompanied by a print tucked in the back.
32 pages, 6 by 9 inches, edition of 294.

In the Light From Stained Glass.
Poems on Growing up Catholic by Frank Ryan
Illustrations by Dave Wofford
These 33 poems cover a wide range of events and emotions over a rich life; from experiences during The Great Depression to Frank’s adventures and evolving roles as a growing child, student, father, and teacher; and his inner struggles and observations with Catholicism along the way — all the while reveling in the beauty and details of the natural world and surroundings. Six short biographical excerpts provide additional context to the poems.
The entire book is letterpress printed by hand in five colors and was one of the last projects I printed from metal type. You will see that the metal version of the Centaur typeface is far superior than the digital versions around today.
Handmade paper covers, five color title page, heavyweight Somerset text paper
This limited edition of 118 copies was thought to be out of print but I just found a few copies. Hand-bound.

Handmade Photoalbums.
Ever flip through a friend’s photoalbum and the cover keeps wanting to close on you while you try to flip through? That’s bunk. H&B albums are hand-sewn in a coptic stitch binding that is actually sewed into and through the cover so the book lies open perfectly flat — WITHOUT holding it down. Additionally, there is a one inch tab along the centerfold of each spread to compensate for the thickness of photos (or other mementos) that will be placed inside. This keeps the book from warping and becoming wonky after being filled up. The covers are adorned with hand-made, hand-dyed paper, they only look better with the inevitable marks and patina of age and use. We love iphoto and Flickr but really your favorite photos should be going in actual object you can touch and you are sure will be around to pass down to the next generation.
The two books pictured above are 9 by 13 inches, 42 pages
normally $125, only $105 (we also make custom albums and sketchbooks)

Blackbirds, Bottle Caps, & Broken Records
Documentary film about Bryant Holsenbeck’s artwork and philosophy behind her work. This fifteen minute short was filmed and edited by Margaret Morales. Produced by the The Resource Center for Women & Ministry in the South.
The DVD package is letterpress printed on sturdy chipboard stock, and there is an interior booklet with an essay by Bryant, who also signed each DVD package.

Last, we sell gift certificates (hand-printed of course) if you are interested.
$50 and $100 amounts. (the 20% donation applies on these as well).

If you wish to purchase something from out of town, just email or phone your order in. I’ll send an invoice out with the goods, you send me a check when it arrives. Simple. (Or I can do paypal if you prefer)

We hope everyone has a great holiday, whether you celebrate Christmas, the winter solstice, Festivus, or any of the many other ways we honor a special time of year. The important thing is to spread love and good cheer where and when you can. Buying stuff should not be the focus — but if you do purchase gifts for loved ones, please consider what and whom you support with your dollars. It really does make a difference.


Goin’ Back to Cali…

Posted in Art, Event, Music on December 13, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

We bought our plane tickets this weekend. $238 round trip! Annie and I are headed to Berkeley for the biennial Codex Book Fair

We’ll be there for a full week! I think February is a fine time to head to the West Coast — fine press and artists’ book fair and symposium, warm weather, visiting family, the scenery and all that.

silly video here for your peek into late 80s video culture (including the Roland Rashaan Kirk inspired/sampled riff)