Tuesday, 10 August 2021



     Today I finished Svetlana's New Press. She is coming down to Waihi to pick it up on Sunday


Thursday, 4 February 2021

Wednesday, 9 December 2020

The New Models..


                                  Yes, I have been busy making presses again after a long period

                                   of being too busy running a printmaking class.. it's good to be 

                                  back in the engineering world again


Thursday, 27 August 2020

Kirsty's Press

 Kirsty's Press will be finished in a few days now I have the time for it having cleared the decks of other jobs and she will come down to Art School Waihi to try it out in the print studio

Monday, 24 August 2020

20 inch Antique Etching Press

                          The current project; 20 inch etching press nearing completion.

Saturday, 28 March 2020

Shin Nihon Zokei - The Sixth Restoration

Six of these I have restored. It is becoming a familiar process.. excellent presses just a little small at 400ml wide; 16inches. About a 2.5 to 1 gear reduction. 
Below what Jo's press looked like before restoration; rust and missing handles no bed no felt..
a week or so at Classic Etching Presses Emergency Ward for a big dose of TLC and all is well

Wednesday, 5 February 2020

Four Antique Presses for sale

                                   21 inch 1908 Ewbank press, finished and complete with felts
 One free standing press with 22 inch wooden rollers and a 21 inch steel rollers press and a 20 inch steel rollers press all awaiting the fitting of the press bed frames and pressure screws.

           Enquiries about print classes and etching press sales: johnmulvay@gmail.com

Tuesday, 17 December 2019

Restoring Neglected Presses..

 I have restored four Shin Nihon Zokei table top presses in the past and Jackie found me and brought this one to Classic Etching Presses casualty ward to bring it back to life. This particular press is different from the other four I have restored as it's frame is made of plate steel bolted together and the drive is direct onto the print roller. The print roller is solid steel and very heavy and the plate steel frame very heavy also. Like the others the press bed is 400x700 (16x28inches)

Thursday, 13 December 2018

Saint Kentigern College Art Department new press..

This very pretty and very strong 20 inch antique press was bought by Saint Kentigern College's Art Department as their Shin Nihon Zokei 16 inch table top (very good presses) was a little too small and also looking shabby and with a pitted print roller. Some years ago I was hired for a day by Saint Kentigern College to give a lesson to an art class full of young girls on how to design a mural.
Saint Kentigerns is an expensive private College in a lovely seaside setting in East Auckland.
Good to see one of my presses going to a good home.. :)

Tuesday, 23 October 2018

Your New Press..

 Finished and on display at the annual local Waikino Labour Weekend Art Exhibition.
This press has a 20 inch by 34 inch bed with felts cut to match. It is made from a restored and modified antique mangle about 110 years old. Built to last..
Enquiries; johnmulvay@gmail.com :)

Thursday, 16 August 2018

A New Model in the Making

 I have two of these to build. This one has 20 inch wide rollers and bed and is here having final fit and finish in the studio. I have had the original antique for a long time and at last it is being transformed into a useful machine again. It is well over an hundred years old. It was working three generations before I arrived and will be working in a print studio somewhere long after I am gone..

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

A Happy Customer..

 Sue Marshall's new press at her home in Arrowtown, Otago. Below, at my studio prior to shipping to Sue in the South Island. Crating it up and finding a courier was a big job in itself but all part of the fun..

Saturday, 7 July 2018

Shin Nihon Zokei press restoration

 This press was bought on an online auction by Jo, a graphic designer, who arranged for me to pick it up for her and restore it. She lives and works down in the Wairarapa and the press was in Hamilton not for from me.. So here it is, safe and sound at Classic Etching Presses casualty word getting Dr John's TLC. She is dirty rusty and missing many bits and pieces. A couple of weeks in Classic Etching Presses casualty ward and we have a complete recovery.. Posing for a pic in the studio and then working in Jo's studio

                                                                To be continued...

Monday, 16 April 2018

Arrowtown Etching Press

 This press is being created for Sue Marshall, an Arrowtown, Otago print maker. Otago is at the bottom of the South Island of New Zealand so a long way to go. It will have to be dis-assembled and crated for the journey when Sue is ready for it.