I can finally with absolute confidence reveal that we will be opening our new store, Flywheel this coming Sunday the 16th December. I am sorry it has taken so long to give a date, there seemed to be so many unknowns with setting up a new store. But in the last week our signage went up, the paintbrushes washed out and we are at last moving in! I think the shop front has come up really well. And you may not be able to read the description under our name, Flywheel, but it reads "vintage office, stationery and letterpress studio". And I think that pretty much sums up our new store...
Just today Rachel has been printing our business cards, here is the lead type in the Adana letterpress chase.
The lead type in the Adana impressing each card, one by one by a hand lever.
We also have two larger platen presses in the letterpress studio that arrived last week from mainland Australia and weigh nearly a tonne each! These will be our workhorses for the letterpress studio. Above is a Chandler and Price press that was made in 1923 in Ohio, Cleveland.
Cards laid out flat to dry on a blue workbench in the studio. It makes it all seem so real, we have been living in a bit of a dream of late.
We are all very passionate about our store. It will be filled with antique desks and filing cabinets, articulated desk lamps, French boxed stationery, chunky brass scissors, Viennese paper twine, our letterpress gift tags and cards and so much more. And we plan to eventually cater for people seeking their own unique business cards, personalised and wedding stationery.
I will be handing over the Flywheel updates to my sisters who will start a blog dedicated to their journey in letterpress and with the store. But I will try to sneak a few of my own tit-bits about Flywheel on this blog! I am sure the Drill Hall Emporium won't mind...
Until next time,