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~  Chad is featured in the 2014 PBS television series A Craftsman's Legacy, episode 11, The Book Maker. Now available to stream online for free

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In the Penal Colony   by Franz Kafka
N EW book - In the Penal Colony by Franz Kafka. This new translation by Breon Mitchell was done especially for this Deep Wood Press edition along with six  sublime etchings by Dellas Henke. Printed in 3 colors on Somerset Book White with three special copies on NOS Barcham Green“Windhover”paper in an edition of 30 books plus 6 artist proofs and the 3 specials.10 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 5/8 inches (25.5 x 33.5 x 1.6cm) before box or slipcase.

In the Penal Colony
etching spread

Title page, etching spread and editioned copy without box.

The Hunter Gracchus by Franz Kafka

More Kafka! In the works here at Deep Wood Press featuring a freshly commissioned literary translation by Jamie Searle Romanelli. It's been a few years coming but will arrive soon.

I am still busy working on the intaglio prints for the book, the type is composed  and cast via Linotype in 14pt Weiss, corrected and ready. The book is currently going through a major revision of the design. It is now different than depicted here with a larger page size of heavier paper stock and text layout.

Shown here is the prototype that was first presented in February during the CODEX VII International Book Fair & Symposium in Berkeley, CA.

 New and recent Books: (click title to see details)

  • In the Penal Colony, by Franz Kafka in a special new translation by Breon Mitchell with six intaglio prints by Dellas Henke. Printed in 3 colors on Somerset Book White with three special copies on NOS Barcham Green “Windhover” paper in an edition of 30 books plus 6 artist proofs and the 3 specials.10 1/8 x 13 1/4 x 5/8″ (25.5 x 33.5 x 1.6cm) before box or slipcase.
  • Moon as Bright as Water, by Qin Guan translated by William McNaughton and poet/translator David Young. First English translation of 11th century Chinese master consisting of 16 poems, an introduction by McNaughton, afterword by Young and printed in 3 colors. 10 1/2 x 7 3/4 with slipcase, numbered. 
  • The Virgins, A broadside with lyrics from Chris Buhalis from the song by the same name. Chris is an old friend so when called upon to design his new CD I went a step further and also produced this very limited edition of prints for his Kickstarter campaign rewards. Printed letterpress in 2 colors on Paperworks paper with the intaglio print that spawned the song, 9 3/4 x 11 5/8 inches, edition of 20, signed and numbered.
  • Christmas Trees, by Robert Frost. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Frost's Christmas letter/circular. Set in 11pt Janson and printed on Schiller paper. Various binding treatments but primarily one in quarter goat with grey Cave Paper covers. 5 1/4 x 6 inches, edition of 40, signed.
  • The Mad Angler Poems, by Michael Delp with 5 hand colored wood engravings by Chad Pastotnik. A collection of  24 poems that examine our impact on the water and the natural world we were spawned from with humor and deadly truths. Printed in 2 colors on Magnani Revere Book in an edition of 71 books 10 of which make a special edition. 
  • Saturnalia, by H.P. Lovecraft with an original calligraph by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on Hahnemühle Schiller white paper. A lovely early poem celebrating the festival of Saturn traditionally occurring around December 15th.
  • The Mad Angler's Manifesto, by Michael Delp with a 7 color linocut reduction print by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on 175gsm Somerset Book Softwhite paper, sheet size 18 5/8 x 26 inches. Two separate editions of 50 and 36, signed and numbered by the author and artist.
  • If, (broadside) by Rudyard Kipling with a wood engraving by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on Domestic Etch off-white paper, sheet size 10 x 16" Limited edition of 55 signed and numbered copies.
  • The Path, by Sigrid Christiansen with 4 multi-color linoleum cuts by Chad Pastotnik. Printed on Hahnemühle Schiller white paper. A lovely small book form born from a song heard around a campfire.
  • The Trout in Winter, (broadside) by Jerry Dennis with a copper engraving by Glenn Wolff. Printed on handmade Somerset Textured off-white paper, sheet size 22.5 x 15.25" Limited edition of 65
  • The Intruder, by Robert Traver (John Voelker). With gorgeous wood engravings by Jim Westergard, a foreword by Richard F. Vander Veen and printed in 5 colors on Hahnemühle Schiller paper. The regular edition is now available.
  • Killing the Bear, by Judith Minty. Minty’s deeply felt, archetypal tale of confronting wild nature and self, Killing the Bear has never before been published on its own. With a foreword by Anne-Marie Oomen and wood engravings by Glenn Wolff.
  • There Be Monsters, by Chad Pastotnik. A little fable about how to walk in the woods. While my little story is short and sweet it does have an interesting plot twist. Featuring a six color linoleum cut and hand color work on that and a wood engraving also by Chad Pastotnik.
  • The Changeling's Exile, by Gerard Wozek. A long poem of an anguished soul lamenting his unfortunate switch at birth by the faerie folk. Accompanied with a copper engraving by Chad Pastotnik.
  • The Frogs Who Wished A King, Aesop's, versified by Mrs. Clara Doty Bates (1873). A childrens book, of sorts, with five intaglio prints by Chad Pastotnik. Sold Out
  • Heart of Darkness, by Joseph Conrad. A new edition heavily illustrated by Marc Castelli in a large format (9x12" page) and printed in 3 colors on Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Designed and produced for the Chester River Press and printed here at DWP. Sold Out

                      Recent and upcoming events:


January 15th - February 27th - Holding House,  Detroit, MI. "Turnover A Spread," An exhibit curated by Andrea Eckert showcasing variable approaches to narrative communication.

April 9th
- 3rd Annual Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair, Saturday from 10am - 6pm. In collaboration with the Manhattan Vintage Book & Ephemera Show. The Church of St. Vincent Ferrer, 869 Lexington Avenue and 65th Street. New York, NY

June 3rd - A short lecture at the Bear River Writer's Conference with Fritz Swanson (Wolverine Press). The conference is sold out at this point but sometimes guests can sneak in. Camp Michigania, Walloon Lake, Northern MI.

September 30 - October 2nd - Oak Knoll Fest XIX. Symposium and Fine Press Book Association fair, 35 fine presses from around the world will be attending. Exhibition hall at 400 South St. New Castle, Deleware.

Sonnets 2016 - DWP is happy to be part of this venture put forth by the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, UK in observance of the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. Fine presses from around the world were called upon to each produce one of the 154 sonnets, I have number 12. There will be an exhibit this fall and the works will become part of the Bodleian's permanent collection. Sonnets 2016


Grant Award - Chad Pastotnik has been awarded one of the 2016 Michigan Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Award. The grant was given as acknowledgment for the 15+ years of apprentices rolling through DWP and in particular for this years current apprentice Daniel Schneider. MTAAP website.

Blackbird Book Arts & Press - Deep Wood Press has joined forces with Blackbird Arts in Traverse City, Michigan to create a new book arts center in Northern Michigan. Work began last fall with planning and moving presses into the space and I am pleased that our initial offerings have been a huge success. The space includes facilities for letterpress, intaglio, silk screen and workspace for bindery activities.

Working at Blackbird Book Arts & Press

Classs in progress at Blackbird Book Arts & Press

Some of the current work available ~ click on any image for more information

The Virgins The Trout in Winter Bower - Terrance Hayes
Changeling Deluxe
The Changeling's Exile The Path deluxe
The Path The Path The Intruder deluxe
Killing the Bear There Be Monsters Mad Angler Poems deluxe The Intruder regular Wind in the Willows broadside
Kind words for Heart of Darkness:

"It is a splendid presentation and I have enjoyed it greatly. The presswork is exemplary as is the design. Marc Castelli's drawings are, frankly, masterful. All in all a mighty fine book. I salute you and your team on a superior project."                             
Barry Moser

"What makes the design of the Chester River Press edition such a successful and superior book is its unpretentiousness and its typographic willingness to facilitate an uninhibited read of Conrad's visceral, morally ambiguous tale. The spartan yet subtly flexible architecture of the 100 meticulously crafted page-spreads offers a reading experience that is quietly contemplative and sublime yet is still imbued with a high level of gravitas. ...

"The text blocks provide a structural foundation out of which Mr. Castelli's sepia-rendered etchings emerge as unflinchingly objective, visually candid portrayals of this tale's most seminal moments. They interrupt the flow of the narrative just enough to afford the reader crucial opportunities to contemplate the themes that Conrad has woven into this novella."
review - Parenthesis #19

ForeWord Magazine blurb

Nice little blurb from the Sept/Oct 2011 issue of ForeWord Reviews magazine. Click here to see the full story.

Apprentice Position

  • 10/18: Next years apprentice position. I am taking a break for a year for fall/winter  2016/17 but it will be listed on Briar Press, the CBAA, the Book Arts Classified and the usual listserves when I resume next year.

Ernest Hemmingway's "Along with Youth

Above: Type set on a curve with circular quads to produce the title for Ernest Hemmingway's Along With Youth. Wood Engraving by Jim Horton.

Below: Printing the center throw-out for Conrad's Heart of Darkness on a Kelly 2 press at Seely's Printing Service in Charlevoix, MI. The sheet is 35.5x12", a little too big for any current press in possesion at DWP. That's Dale from Seely's running the beast and Chad at the delivery end.

In addition to producing fine books and broadsides there are plenty of prints by Chad Pastotnik that will be coming to the site soon.

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