mr160415 Promoting the Printmaker’s Tale: Pitching the book
The Printmakers Tale:
The Printmaker’s Tale is a legend behind an etching press from its
inception in the 18th Century and how it changed peoples’ lives. Follow
the story and see how it was conceived, how it change hands and touched the
lives of many, including a Jesuit priest, a Spanish beauty, a Basque navigator,
a Russian castaway and an Aleutian hostage.
Once this small press was unearthed in the 20th Century from a
grave on Guemes Island. It came up as evidence in a Bellingham trial, and it
even triggered a hunt for a lost ivory treasure which had belonged to Richard
Dana. Think of the movie, “The Red Violin,” a beautifully designed instrument
for art and picture, if you can, a printmaker’s dream, a designer’s press.
As I designed and built almost two-hundred of these Halfwood Presses, while
cutting, drilling, sanding, finishing and etching decorative brass touches,
this tale came to me in installments - like the parts of the press itself.* Ten
years ago I began writing down each one. Some I published with on-demand
My first, in 2006, was a mystery, “Hunt for the Emeralda Treasure.” The
next year I wrote a mockumentary, “Halfwood Press: The Story,” and sent
paperbacks with each press. Then came a screenplay titled, “Swipe,” the press
redeeming an outcast teacher. The latest is a time-travel historical fiction,
“Rembrandt’s Ghost in the New Machine.” Stitching these all together, the
Printmaker’s Tale (a working title) will be a high-profile, worthy production.
It’s a saga beginning in the 16th C. when the original Spanish
frigate – the Emeralda – was designed, then succeeded in the 18th
Century by another to carry the beautiful Halfwoods to China, but doomed in the
San Juan Islands by a great wave—a tsunami in 1772.
There is a real etching press behind the story, and you may already
have visited our Mini Art Gallery and Halfwood Press show room. Or, you may
have chanced to see the press upstairs, as Ethan Lind is a vendor (most Wednesdays)
as “Busker Etcher,” printing on a Halfwood Press.
I am passionate not only about printmaking, prints, and printmakers, but I
am also passionate also about these back stories; and I will see this
printmaker’s tale realized within the next few years. I will no longer be working
alone quite so much. As the Northwest Print Center Incubators evolves, I will
work with more professionals in different fields.
*This is why the story of
the press will become a printmakers’ game—the components being like parts of a
board game or a collectible card game. The Printmaker’s Tale then becomes the back
story of a game.