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11967Re: C + P in Classroom

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  • heytrollop
    Aug 9, 2010
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      Mills College has one in their studio... You might check in with Kathy Walkup and see how they handle it. I'm not sure if it's motorized or not. When I went to school there we only had a vandercook. At that time we also had the studio available at any hour for use. And honestly having been one of those sleep deprived students, I'm not sure I'd want to run a motorized c&p in that condition!

      That said, it's great for students to learn to use these, as out here in the real world that's a more common press for them to be using at home.

      I only learned to use them a couple years ago at Foothill College. They have an old reliable which is treadle powered, but equally dangerous if you get a hand in there. The studio is only open to students who have passed safety training and there must be two students present at all times or a faculty member must be present. And it's only available during the daytime, or during class. So that's how they handle it there.

      You might also see if the c&p is set up to use a treadle, and convert it. Or if it's a variable speed motor that can be more user friendly.

      best,
      Raven

      --- In PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com, "slovenlyme" <rebeccachilders@...> wrote:
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      > Good afternoon, everyone.
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      > I oversee a university letterpress studio with four Vandercooks + a bunch of type. Recently we learned we have a C + P in deep storage across campus. We're trying to decide whether to sell the press or reintegrate it into the studio. Evidently it was removed 25+ years ago due to safety concerns. I don't know whether a student actually got their hand stuck or whether that was perceived as a real danger. It is motorized.
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      > Has anyone used this type of press in a university setting? Our studio is open access to enrolled letterpress students 24 hours a day, which means sometimes they're alone there at 3:00 am, sleep-deprived, jamming out projects. It would be helpful to hear whether other schools teach on the presses and how they handle the liability issue.
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      > Thanks for your help!
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