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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.



RIP Joe Morello

Posted in Music on March 14, 2011 by horseandbuggypress

drum solo of note…

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…

Baby Please Come Home

Posted in Music on December 22, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

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

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)

Instant Karma

Posted in Art, Music on December 8, 2010 by horseandbuggypress

A lot of stuff happened/happens in December it seemed/seems like.

I’ve never been a big John Lennon fan or anything, but there are a few songs of his that I find totally amazing.