6 month to 1 year apprenticeship
Position available mid January 2009
Grant money has been made available to cover housing and a small monthly stipend for a full time apprentice. Deep Wood Press has been printing and binding books since 1992. Equipped with a nice array of letterpress equipment and a small but functional bindery, projects have ranged from small editions of poetry of regional authors to the latest project, Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness”. Of course smaller projects are squeezed in between, anything from high end invitations to coasters for the local brew pub or community currency. In addition, there is a large intaglio press on premises which is often used for editioned books which include original artwork. Emphasis is placed on hot metal composition although photopolymer is used as well. There is much hand work in both the pressroom and bindery and attention to detail is a must.
Applicants should have some experience in a pressroom and know the lay of a type case or bindery experience, ideally, both. Preference will be given to MFA, certificate program students or a practitioner who can demonstrate a desire for pursuing a set future in fine press/book arts. Hours will be 30-40 a week but are flexible as I have a life and family to attend to as well. The facilities are available for private projects for the apprentice and it is expected that this be taken advantage of. Resume, cover letter and a portfolio of no more than 20 images is required.
Deep Wood Press is truly in the deep woods of Northern Michigan alongside the Cedar River. As such, the apartment that will be provided for the position is located in the nearby village of Bellaire (population less than 1500) about 12 miles from the press so having your own reliable transportation is a must. The surrounding area offers much to those who enjoy the outdoors but a urban dweller may find things a bit slow or lacking diversity. Serious applicants should check out the Deep Wood Press website and google Bellaire for an idea regarding environment.
Deep Wood Press 231.587.0506