While on our recent trip to visit family in Seattle, my Father-In-Law let it be known that there was treasure in his garage. That's right, treasure. I knew that he had been a teacher of visual arts for many many years but what I didn't know is that when his school district closed down the letterpress printing program he was able to rescue the print blocks and now had them stashed away in his garage.
Then he took me to see them. My jaw hit the floor. In a dusty corner lay hundreds of metal and wood print blocks. You know how in the movies, whenever they open a treasure chest, a light magically appears from the depths of the chest? It was like that. Really. Ok, not really, but they were pretty cool!
As I wiped the drool from my chin I heard him say, "If you can use them in your art you're welcome to have them." Wow! I felt like I'd just won the lottery. Really. Ok, not really, but I was pretty excited!
I took a few pictures to show you some of them. :-)
Thank you, Mike!! You're the best!!