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Anniversary exhibition at CAM Raleigh through August 7

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Design, Event, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project, Literature, Music, Politics/Philosophy, Publishing, Type High: Letterpress, Typography on July 23, 2016 by horseandbuggypress



It’s been a busy past few months, most notably with having a fantastic first stop to the traveling exhibition “20 Years of Horse & Buggy Press (and friends!), which debuted high above the banks of New Hope Creek at Cassilhaus during May. Cassilhaus, an amazingly beautiful home, gallery, and artist residency program designed and run by Frank Konhaus and architect Ellen Cassilly is one of the true gems of our area. They put on an amazingly rich and diverse set of exhibits and events at their place. I highly suggest getting on their mailing list.

The H&B anniversary exhibit is now up and running at CAM Raleigh (there are over 200 pieces in the show including all eighteen fine press books I’ve produced, some of which have the last few copies for sale) and there’s a series of talks (all free) with a bunch of the collaborators in the coming weeks.

Copious details on the exhibit and the events at our most recent two newsletters. (if you would like to be on the mailing list, just holler to me at  I send out 4–6 newsletters in a year.

July newsletter

May newsletter

Later this summer and continuing through the fall you will see a veritable explosion of blogposts profiling the bevy of book projects I’ve produced in the last few years and a few of the larger commissioned projects. I’m very excited about Journey, a 112 page book of photomontage by Catharine Carter which I just finished printing the covers for yesterday. The first 10 or 20 copies of the edition should be on hand at the Sunday, July 31 event at CAM Raleigh (see newsletters above more info). There will also be a giclee/lettepress broadside edition produced.



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.

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 began out into the world.

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

Testify: A Visual Love Letter to Applachia  is a  two volume, limited edition  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: April 2016. The edition has nearly sold out.
Original price was $65. There are less than ten copies remaining and they are now selling for $125. If you know a publisher who would be introduced to produce a second printing or to work with Roger for an expanded/updated edition, please let me (or Roger) 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

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

Sharing recent projects.

Posted in Aesthetic Experience on September 3, 2013 by horseandbuggypress

Despite the lack of activity here on the blog, 2013 has been an active year here at the studio with a diverse range of projects.

Starting at the end of this week, and continuing through the next few months, I’ll be sharing glimpses at several of these projects.

Restored Radios exhibit | reception Friday Nov. 16

Posted in Aesthetic Experience, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Event on November 8, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

As a print designer and letterpress printer who often pines for some of the aesthetic qualities of yesteryear (like movie theatres located on streetfronts instead of suburban asphalt acreage, neighbors that use rakes instead of leafblowers, those kinds of things), and as someone who is a firm believer in the preservation/restoration of many things, I’m excited about our new exhibit in the foyer gallery.

M A K I N G   W A V E S
Restored American radios from the 1930s, 40s, and 50s by Bob Gordon

Opening Reception: Friday, Nov. 16;  5 – 9pm

Bob Gordon, age 81, of Asheboro, North Carolina is a restorer of vintage American tube radios. He specializes in table models made just before and after World War II.

This exhibit is a collection of refurbished radios that made brands like Philico, Emerson, Sentinel, and Howard familiar brand names to American consumers and households during the pre and postwar eras.

Over 20 radios are on display and for sale. All have been carefully chosen and expertly restored by Bob Gordon and each radio is accompanied by an informative spec sheet, complete with fun facts, historical tidbits, and the electrical schematic. To put it simply, these things are gorgeous and they work well to boot.

As a young man, Bob honed his skills in electronics while serving as a radioman in the United States Coast Guard. After leaving the service in 1956, he became part-owner of Fair Grove TV and Appliance in Thomasville, North Carolina where he worked as both a salesman and technician. His store earned Davidson County’s only license to sell Zenith, which gave their shop a robust business for several years while the postwar economy was booming.

Bob left his small business to become a high school teacher in 1965. He retired from being the school superintendent for Asheboro City Schools in 2000, and started working on radios again in the fall of 2011. Bob, and his son Victor Gordon, sell radios year round on their Esty site Rockwood Radio.

The exhibit runs November 9 – December 21.
Foyer gallery hours are Fridays 11am-2pm and by appt.

*SALE: Everyone who purchases a radio during the reception, or Sat. Nov 17 during the Artwalk, will receive a free pack of hand-printed letterpress cards.


Saturday, Nov 17; 10am – 3:30 pm
as part of the Durham Artwalk

Monday, Nov. 26 – Friday, Nov. 30; 11am – 2pm
open every day this week as part of Shop Independent Durham Week

Upcoming foyer gallery exhibts…..

Jan / Feb
Durham School of Arts high school students’ work.
A curatorial collaboration with DSA teacher Carolyn Maynard.

March – May
Bryant Holsenbeck | Animal sculptures and special surprises

The Life of a Handmade Sketchbook

Posted in 21st century life, Aesthetic Experience, Art, Craft: not country-cute, but Craft, Friends, Horse & Buggy Press project on June 22, 2012 by horseandbuggypress

I don’t make coptic-stitch, handmade sketchbook/journals quite as often as I used to, but I do appreciate getting to see the life they lead from time to time.

The scene pictured here is the temporary studio space of Meredith Brickell from when she visited her folks. Good company and a beautiful place. (There are rumors of a Meredith Brickell ceramics exhibit here in the foyer gallery in summer 2013 to coincide with Ray Duffey’s furniture/sculpture exhibition at Artspace. Stay tuned.)

While I don’t create as many sketchbooks to sell at fairs and the like, I do still enjoy making custom sketchbooks (as well as photoalbums) for people who enjoy the tactile pleasures of these books, and find them an essential tool.
Please visit the H&B website for more info, or just give me a holler.