About Deep Wood Press and Chad Pastotnik

  • Radio Interview with Jerry Dennis and Glenn Wolff, Michigan Writers On the Air about Trout in Winter 2013 (mp3, 24.6 mb)
  • Feature article about Chad Pastotnik from Traverse Magazine 1/2013
  • Radio Interview from Michigan Writers on the Air 2010 (mp3, 12 mb)
  • Radio Interview from Ann Arbor Public Radio (NPR) 2008 (mp3, 3.6 mb)
  • Radio Interview from Interlochen Public Radio 2006 (mp3, 2.2 mb)
  • Radio Interview from the Great Lakes Radio Consortium (NPR) 1996 (mp3, 4.8 mb)
  • Article about Chad Pastotnik from the Detroit News 12/2000

A Craftsman's Legacy

A PBS television series
Traverse Magazine article: Deep Wood Press Fine Books 2013

Video from MyNorth Media

~  Chad is featured in the 2014/15 PBS television series.
A Craftsman's Legacy, episode 11 -
The Book Maker.
Now available to stream online for free.

door to the bindery

the bindery & printing studio building
back doorCedar in summer the river

the river

    I am Chad Pastotnik, proprietor of Deep Wood Press which I established in 1992 when I purchased my little piece of paradise and built my first studio on the property. Nestled in the forest along the banks of the Cedar River in Northern Michigan’s Antrim County, Deep Wood Press has continued a centuries old tradition of hand-made books, bindings and other printed matter. With a foundation in fine art and a careful attention to craftsmanship and detail the end result is, hopefully, more than a vehicle for information.

   It is very important to me to maintain the traditional practices of printmaking, letterpress and book binding. The fine press world is somewhat moving away from analog composition but, admittedly, it is very difficult to set up a traditional print shop in the 21st century. Most of the type and specialized equipment is now long gone and the means to make more is lost now in this continent so having put together a collection of very functional “vintage” equipment and desirable typefaces the best way to maintain it
is to use it.

   The books are printed via letterpress on fine papers and are illustrated with art work from original wood engravings, lino cuts and intaglio prints from the plates/blocks created by the artist, often my own. The text is from metal type cast here on a Linotype composition caster or hand set from the type cases. These sheets are then bound by hand in traditional and contemporary book structures using fine leathers, book cloth and papers often with a slipcase or drop spine box to hold them. All this is done here in one place. Each aspect of a book conceived, created and finished in these two buildings. Maybe not quikly but I find it quite satisfactory work and often have the help of past apprentices when needed.

   Most of my inspiration comes from a deep admiration of what was done by fine printers from the 16th though early 20th century
a classical sensibility. Admittedly I have little taste for more “modern” styles, even shying away from sans types for the most part though having a healthy collection of type of that sort. I was fortunate to have been given a gift of a fellow printers library in the early 90's. Though I never knew the man I came to know his friends quite well by their inscriptions to him in the books they gave him: Morris, Grabhorn, Rogers, Updike, Cleland, Dwiggins – these are the men I mostly learned my craft from and they led me back further to the printers past that they in turn held in awe. Since then I’ve been fortunate enough to examine a few Gutenberg bibles, Copernicus’s note-book, illuminated manuscripts from the hand of Irish monks and I know by all these things that I have oh so far to go. I’ll keep trying.

   Oh yes, and then there’s the trout…


the driveway

the sauna

Chad Pastotnik          chad@deepwoodpress.com
Deep Wood Press
P.O. Box 726                  - mail
121 Doerr Rd.                 - shipping
Mancelona, MI  49659

** Visits by appointment only. Contact Chad for a PDF map with directions to get here.

Do not trust your GPS or phone! It is not accurate in the north woods and will put you on "roads" your car was never meant to see.

Shipping from Deep Wood Press is via either:

  • USPS - shipped at the best available rate with insurance and delivery confirmation.
  • UPS - Your preference for speed, insurance and tracking number provided.
  • FedEx - No local drop-off but a pick up can be scheduled, takes an additional day.

Collections:       Some of the one's I know of at any rate...

Museum of Modern Art, New York, NY

Library of Congress, Washinton DC

Oxford University, Bodleian Library Special Collections, Oxford, UK

Harvard University, Widener Library, Cambridge, MA

Princeton University Graphic Arts Library, Princeton, NJ

Stanford University, Green Library, Special Collections, Stanford, CA

Newberry Library, Butler Library, Chicago, IL

University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand

Columbia University, Manhattan, NY

Lafayette College, Skillman Library, Easton, PA

University of Michigan, Harlan Hatcher Library, Ann Arbor, MI

University of Iowa, Special Collections, Iowa City, IA

Auckland City Libraries, Central City Special Collections, Auckland, New Zealand

Brigham Young University, Harold B. Lee Library & Hull Library (both), Provo, UT

Kendall College of Art & Design, Grand Rapids, MI

Brown University, Rockefeller Library, Providence, RI

Grove Park Inn Resort, Asheville, NC

Library of Michigan, Lansing, MI

Michigan State University, Special Collections Library, East Lansing, MI

Grand Valley State University, Special Collections, Allendale, MI 

University of Texas at El Paso,
Carl Hertzog Collection, El Paso, TX

Western Michigan University, Waldo Library, Kalamazoo, MI

Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library, Special Collections, Topeka, KS

Buffalo and Erie County Public Library, Buffalo, NY

The Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh,
Pittsburgh, PA

New York Public Library, Special Collections, Rare Books, New York, NY

University of California Santa Cruz, Special Collections, Stanta Cruz, CA

St. Ambrose University Library, Special Collections, Davenport, IA

Kent State University, Wick Poetry Center, Kent, OH

Johns Hopkins University, Garrett Library,  Baltimore, MD

* Representation by Vamp & Tramp Booksellers
Bill and Vicky Stewart, Birmingham, AL. 2015-2019    RIP Bill....


CODEX Foundation Special Project - WORDS on the Edge: Broadside Portfolio. The portfolio, consisting of twenty-six poems and lyrical texts addressing themes of nature and its irresponsible destruction, is a part of an international artist's intervention—EXTRACTION: Art on the Edge of the Abyss. Twenty-six notable poets, artists, and writers have been paired with an equal number of highly regarded letterpress printers from four countries; each has been invited to produce an editioned broadside/print especially for this portfolio. 3/19

Mad Parrot Press - A new press mark founded with old partner James Dissette, formerly Chester River Press. 2019

Lecture - Bear River Writer's Conference. Camp Michigania, Walloon Lake, MI. 6/16

Sonnets 2016 - Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford, UK. 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.

Blackbird Book Arts & Press - Deep Wood Press joined forces with Blackbird Arts in Traverse City, Michigan to create a new book arts center in Northern Michigan. The space included facilities for letterpress, intaglio, silk screen and workspace for bindery activities. 2016-18

Lectures and Workshop, Seattle Book Arts Guild, Seattle, WA. Lectures, "23 Years of Deep Wood Press" held at the University of Washington Allen Library and Pacific Lutheran University (Takoma) with the workshop, Multi Color Linoleum & Reduction Printing, which was hosted at Pacific Lutheran's letterpress and printmaking departments. 3/15

PBS television feature - Chad will be featured in a new nationally shown PBS television series A Craftsman's Legacy in episode 11 titled The Book Maker. The show will begin airing in September 2014.

Feature Article in The Flyfish Journal. Written by James Spica Jr., fall/winter 2015

Commissioned work, Oxford University Society of Bibliophiles "Michaelmas Term card", Oxford, England. 10/12

Feature Article
in Traverse magazine January 2013

Attendance and participation at the Kerrytown Bookfest since inception in 2002. Guest speaker at the 2009 & 2014 events.

Published, 1000 Artist's Books, a gallery-style book by Sandra Salamony with consulting editors and co-curators Peter and Donna Thomas. Rockport Publishers/Quarry Books. 2012

Exhibition "Put it on Paper" Michigan Historical Museum in Lansing, MI. 8/13
Letterpress demonstration and talk at the Michigan State Library in conjuction with the "Put it on Paper" exhibit. Lansing Historic Center, Lansing, MI 12/13

Commissioned work, Michigan State Archives. Reproducing historic Michigan iconography and maps from imagery and sometimes original plates via letterpress and intaglio for Archives use and sale items on the web at their Seeking Michigan website. Working with the state archivist  and doing consulting, demonstrations and digital reconstruction of images. 2011 - present

Feature Article
in  ForeWord Reviews magazine, Sept/Oct 2011

Instructor at the Hollander's School of Book & Paper Arts in Ann Arbor, MI.  2008-2012

Visiting Lecturer - Analog Design in a Digital World - sponsored by Teesside University in Middlesbrough, Cleveland College of Art in Hartlepool and Keynote speaker for a letterpress conference Disigning for Printing: Books, Letterpress Printing & Design at Chetham's Library in Manchester, England, 2010

Featured Review
for the book Heart of Darkness in Parenthesis, The Journal of the Fine Press Book Association. Issue 19, Autumn, 2010

Award Recipient the Carl Hertzog Award for excellence in book design,

Grant Award, Recipient of 1998 & 1999 MCACA
(Michigan Council for the Arts and Cultural Affairs) grant to create a deluxe edition of ten books for the 1998 & 99 edition of  the Dunes Review: Poetry and Creative Nonfiction of Northwest Lower Michigan. Anne-Marie Oomen, Dunes Review Writing Project

Interlochen Public Radio,  (2006) News feature. - Radio interview, contrasting the modern with traditional publishing practices and the paperless society.
Linda Stephan, Interlochen Public Radio

Feature Article in Traverse magazine Jan. 2003

Published,  Collaborative print illustration with Glenn Wolff in the book The Moon Pulled Up an Acre of Bass by Peter Kaminsky.  Hyperion Press, 2001

National Public Radio,  (1996) All Things Considered (The Great Lakes Radio Consortium) - Radio interview, highlight on the book arts and the history of print.   Michelle Corum, Interlochen Public Radio.

Printers Row Book Fair - Exhibitor
Explanation and demonstration of intaglio and Relief print techniques - Copper 
Engraving, Mezzotint, and Wood Engraving in fine press and commercial use past and present. 6/95

Feature Article in Chicago magazine Jan. 1995 

Video Documentary - Deep Wood Studio & Press
VHS tape for education purposes and university archives.
Direct Encounter with the Arts, Professor Terry Nihart, Western Michigan University.  8/94

Selected Exhibitions:

National Print Museum, Beggars Bush Barracks, Dublin, Ireland
Exquisite Editions, An International Exhibition of Finely Printed Books, 3/15-4/15

CODEX International Book Fair and Symposium, Richmond (Berkeley), CA
CODEX V - VI. 2015 - present

Oak Knoll,  New Castle, DE
Oak Knoll Book Fest XV - X1X. 2009 - present

Manhattan Fine Press Book Fair, New York, NY. 2014 - present

Cleveland Antiquarian Book & Paper Show, 10/19

Color in American Fine & Private Press Books 1890-2015, The Jean-Francois & Roger S. Wieck Collection. Penn Libraries, Kislak Center, Philadelphia, PA. 2016

Holding House, Detroit, MI. "Turnover A Spread"  1/16 - 2/16

Kalamazoo Book Arts Center,
Kalamazoo, MI
"20 years of Deep Wood Press" retrospective exhibit. 11/2 -11/30/12

Michigan Historical Museum,
Lansing, MI
"Put it on Paper"   9/12 - 8/13

Shandy Hall, The Laurence Sterne Trust,
Coxwold, York, England
"The Emblem of My Work" Invited artist to group exhibition.  9/11 - 10/11

Detroit Artists Market,  
Detroit, MI
"Northern Lights" Invitational group exhibit. 4/11 - 5/11

Washington Printmakers Gallery,  Washington DC
"Meet Your Printmaker" Invitational exhibit. 6/09 - 7/09

South Haven Center for the Arts,  South Haven, MI  49090
"Uncovered:  Michigan Book Artists" Invitational exhibit. 10/05 - 11/05

Traverse City Public Library & Jordan River Arts Center
,  East Jordan, MI  49727
Chad Pastotnik curated a International Fine Press Book Exhibition.  Represented by eight countries the show highlighted letterpress printed and artist books from a global perspective. 10/02 - 11/02

Northern Michigan Artists Market,  Petoskey, MI  49770    2001 - 2008

Kalamazoo Nature Center,  Kalamazoo, MI  49009 
Solo Exhibition.  11/01 - 12/01

Exhibition of Prints from the Wood Engravers Network
Ongoing national traveling exhibition with rotation of artwork.              2000 - present

Bier Art Gallery & Pottery Studio, 17026 Beck Rd., Charlevoix, MI  49720  6/98 - 3/2000

Center Gallery,  Lake Street Studios, Glen Arbor, MI 49636
Solo Exhibition.  8/99 - 9/99

Grand Valley State University,  Allendale, MI  49401
Calder Gallery, Alumni Printmaking Invitational.  2/97 - 3/97

The Ark Gallery, 6248 Blue Star Highway, Saugatuck, MI  49453
5/95 - present.  Solo Exhibitions, 5/95 & 8/96,

Muskegon Museum of Art, 296 W. Webster Ave., Muskegon, MI  49440
Piece (two in 97) accepted for regional juried competition.  7/89, 6/91 & 7/97

Art Institute of Chicago, 111 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, IL  60603
Caxton Club 1895 - 1995; Celebrating a Century of the Book in Chicago” 9/95 - 10/95

Mindscape Gallery, 1506 Sherman Ave., Evanston, IL  60201.  2/95 - 2/98

Books as Art Exhibition
In conjunction with the Kalamazoo Institute of the Arts
“Contemporary Children’s Book Illustration Exhibition.”
Space Gallery, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI  49009.  9/94

Member, Fine Press Book Association
The FPBA is an organization of individuals interested in the art of fine printing formed with the goal of promoting the appreciation of beautiful books and printing skills.

Member, TypoCrafters 
Annual Conference and Gathering 
of Letterpress Printers and Type Designers. 

Member, Wood Engravers Network 
3999 Waters Rd. 
Ann Arbor, MI  48103

The Guild of Book Workers
National and Regional Chapter
521 Fifth Avenue, 17th floor
New York, NY  10175

Member, Mid America Print Council
An educational organization whose goal it is to promote awareness and appreciation of the art of making original prints, books, hand-made paper, and drawings.


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