I bought a 114 year old printing press from Ernst Hanke, a retired Swiss master printer. The Schnellpresse will be the soul of my lithography print shop in southern Sweden - but the transport is extremely delicate, since the machine is 7.5 tons heavy and complicated to disassemble.
This beautiful and well-maintained press needs to be kept in use, not accumulate dust in some museum or even worse: end up on the scrap pile.
A Schnellpresse is a lot more like a steam locomotive than like a regular litho press: there's literally tons of gears, cogs and bolts. Only an expert can disassemble the press, ship it to Sweden and assemble it in my shop. Luckily we know just the man for this job: Willy Etter (http://www.steindruckmaschinen.ch/), who moved his first Schnellpresse in 1967 and has already moved this press once, in 1988.
A "Steindruckschnellpresse" (Stone lithography fast press), built in 1904 by "Maschinenfabrik Johannisberg Klein, Forst, Bohn Nachfolger in Geisenheim a. Rh."
The last 30 years the press was the heart of a printmaking workshop in Ringgenberg, Switzerland. Hundreds of wonderful Paul Wunderlich lithographies have been printed on this press by one of the grandmasters of stone lithography, Ernst Hanke.
The total costs of moving:
We estimate the move to cost around 150,000.00 SEK, that's approx. 15,000.00 EUR. There's no way I can do this cheaper or by myself.
All the other things:
I've bought a barn in Småland, which will house the new printshop. There's a lot to be done tunil then, a new concrete floor needs to be poured, strong enough to hold the heavy Schnellpresse, the walls need isolation and new, bigger windows need to be installed before that. All these expenses/workloads are considerable, and so I've decided to ask for help with the one thing that I can't do on my own: moving the big Schnellpresse.
Once the press is set up and the barn is turned into a proper workshop, I'll print with artists, and have courses for local schools / communities.
While the area around the barn is quite rural, the "Kingdom of Crystal" / "Glasriket" is close by, with a strong tradition of glassblowing artisans, so I'm sure a lithography printshop will fit right in.
Here's a video of Ernst and me printing together on the Schnellpresse in his printshop in Switzerland. (It's also the Making Of for the "Still Life" and "Summer Rain" prints you can find among the rewards!)
and here's Ernst and me printing with my students at the Litografiska Museet in Huddinge last year:
Where is this new printshop going to be?
In a converted barn in Småland, between Tingsryd and Emmaboda. I'd love to be in Stockholm, but with rents these days that's never going to happen. So Småland it is, in the forest, with all the space that's needed.
Why build a new shop, aren't there enough already?
I'm a lecturer in printmaking at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm, which lost their printshops in a tragic fire in 2016, and hasn't made much effort to rebuild them yet. A new, independent shop with enthusiastic printers and a wonderful Schnellpresse, that's just what Swedish printmaking needs these days.
But first the press needs to move, and for that I need your help!
Enough talking already, show us the rewards:
Risks and challenges
The biggest difficulty in this project is that the press has to move at some point, otherwise everything else is under control and in the best possible hands:
I've worked on this very press with Ernst, one of the last remaining Schnellpresse mechanics in Europe will help with the move, and I know and love stone lithography.
All that needs to happen now is for the press to be moved to Sweden!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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