The Okanagan College print shop houses an impressive collection of letterpress equipment, amounting to more than 50,000lbs of gear. The shop's first machine, a lovely little Pearl No.3, was donated by Canadian poet Gary Geddes, and was restored by students of the Diploma in Writing & Publishing (along with instructor Jason Dewinetz) during the 2010 academic year.
Soon after restoring the Pearl we relocated to "the bunker," a storage area in the basement of the Kalamalka campus, where an arrangement was made for Jason Dewinetz, English instructor and proprietor of the Greenboathouse Press, to loan a wide range of letterpress equipment for student use.
That equipment includes a rare 9 x 12" Westman & Baker press (one of very few letterpress platens made in Canada), a giant 14.5 x 22" Chandler & Price platen press, an equally hefty Vandercook SP-25 Power press, an antique 36" paper trimmer, and all of the other bits & pieces required in a shop, such as a composing table, slug-cutter, mitre-cutter, etc., etc.
And then there's the type, and there's plenty of it, mostly collected from print-shops & newspapers long shut-down around the Okanagan, but also including a small gathering of newer types to be put to use on Kalamalka Press books.
One of the first orders of business will be for Writing & Publishing students to dig through the stacks of typecases to see what we have available, and once we begin that work we'll post some specimens of the types we discover. Stay tuned...