Deep Wood Press           

                                  Celebrating 22 years of making books
Chad Pastotnik, Proprietor  
Established 1992  

Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair - April 5th & 6th    ~    I'll see you there!



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type form for Deep Wood Press advertising piece
      photo by Todd Zawistowski


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NESTLED in the forest along the banks of the Cedar River in Northern Michigan’s Antrim County, Deep Wood Press has continued the centuries old tradition of hand crafted printed items, bindings and book matter. With a foundation in fine art and a careful attention to craftsmanship and detail the end result is more than a vehicle for information.

Our books are printed via letterpress with metal type on fine papers and illustrated with artwork from original wood engravings, lino cuts and intaglio prints created by Chad Pastotnik and other gifted artists for these editions. The sheets are then bound by hand in traditional and contemporary book structures to please the eye as well as the mind – which we endeavor to impress as carefully as our papers.

The Mad Angler's Manifesto

I will be in New York for the Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair. I hope to see some of you book lovers there! Check the blog for more details.

FPBA-Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair

3 ~ 2014
New and recent Books: (click title to see details)
  • 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. 
  • 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. Almost all Gone!

"The Path" center spread

The Path
by Sigrid Christiansen
7 color lino cut by Chad Pastotnik

                      Upcoming events:


April 5th & 6th - The Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair. 40 Member Presses of the Fine Press Book Association will be featured at The Manhattan Vintage Book and Ephemera Fair on April 5 and 6, 2014. This is a secondary book fair, which occurs at the same time as the main New York Antiquarian Book Fair. Our fair will be housed in the Altman Building in the same venue as the Shadow Show, 135 West 18th Street, New York.


Saturday, November 23rd - My annual appearance at the Alden Gift Show in Alden, MI. This is part of my community and pretty much the only time you can see me with a table next to hand knit socks and real home made wooden toys. This is also the only place I sell what's left of my once extensive line of holiday cards and gift tags.

Saturday, October 9th - Release reception for The Mad Angler's Manifesto at Landmark Books 5-8pm, Traverse City, MI. This event is also the grand opening for Landmark Books and a portion of all sales will go to FLOW - an environmental watchdog and public trust advocacy group for the Great Lakes.

Friday, September 6th - Private exhibit and house concert for the new book The Path written by Sigrid Christiansen and a performance by her in Ann Arbor, MI. For details and possible attendance contact Chad.

Sunday, September 8th - 11th annual Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Chad will once again have a table space with his books and will be demonstrating intaglio printmaking.

At noon Eric Alstrom (collections conservator and head of the Florence G. Wallace Conservation Library at the MI Library in Lansing) will be giving a lecture at Hollander's on Michigan book artists. Deep Wood Press will be part of that conversation, please attend if you're interested and then visit Chad at the Fest right next door.

Through August 25th - The exhibit "Put it on Paper" is still ongoing at the Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, MI.


The new edition of Saturnalia
by Howard Phillips Lovecraft,
callagraph illustration by Chad Pastotnik


    • The engravings/mezzotints for The Nightingale and the Rose by Oscar Wilde is coming along nicely. Hoping for a fall/winter release.
    • Chad Pastotnik won the 2010 Carl Hertzog Award for Excellence in Book Design for his work on Heart of Darkness (Chester River Press). This indeed helped to prompt a lecturing tour in Northern England spear headed by Teesside University in Middlesbrough and ending with a talk at Chetham's Library in Manchester.

    ForeWord Magazine blurb

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

    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

    Parenthesis 19, review: "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."

    Apprentice Position

    • 6/13: DWP is now taking application for the apprentice position. This position will be listed on Briar Press, the CBAA, the Book Arts Classified and the usual listserves. This position will be available for this Fall/Winter 2013/14.

    Ernest Hemmingway's "Along with Youth

    Above: Type set on a curve with circular quads to produce the title. 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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