I have been swamped with work and life and home remodeling. After the press broke, I have been working on a project that my wife and I have wanted to do since moving into our house. We tore out some built-in desks, painted and prepared to have some carpet replaced. The carpet project is on hold unexpectedly for now. The others are mostly finished, and school has started. I have a week and a half of meetings and in-service. If you haven't been to and in-service, you haven't died. There are some nuggets of information of great value, but they are shrouded in a deep camouflage of time wasting and posturing.
I do now have color correct lights in my classroom. This summer they were moved from my old room to the new studio space we acquired last year. They are a welcome addition. I also "repaired" press platen back from the welder. It is not as I had hoped. The hinge ear was welded on about 1/4 inch too long. It will have to be re-done I'm afraid. I have put the entire press project on hold, and am looking feverishly for a replacement. If you have a small lever press or a 8x12 C&P lying around and would like to make a donation to La Junta High School Art Dept, let me know. I'm also interested in purchasing a press of my own.
Good news on another front. In April I entered the National Small Print Show in Creede, CO. Not long ago I received word that I had sold 7 of one of my prints, and 8 of another. I was floored. I spent a couple days this past weekend printing, and matting the work so that they could be mailed off on Monday. Not bad for my first national show. I think I'll try that experience again.