The OCB, Em Space, and ADX have been working in partnership to do something we’ve long dreamt about: produce letterpress wood type. We recently completed our first test type which exceeded our, well my, expectations. The idea is to use modern equipment to clear away the waste wood and use hand finishing to complete each letter. Our test cut has even unexpectedly wound up being included in Wood Type, Evolved: Experimental Letterpress & Relief Printing in the 21st Century, an exhibition curated by April Sheridan and Nick Sherman at Columbia College.
Hot dog! Now onto the next test cuts!
Heads up: The OCB (Office of Clifton Burt) headquarters is now located at ADX.
ADX is a soon-to-open workspace nestled into the bosom of Portland’s southeastern quadrant. The building, an old plastics factory, is full of tools, saws, a laser cutter, a CNC router, a planer, welding apparatus, an industrial sewing machine, and almost anything else you can think of. And…it has desk-spaces which is where the OCB is bivouacked.
The sign out front says ADX is “Building a community of thinkers and makers.” And there’s a hell of a lot of it going on. I can’t even keep up with the level of activity around here. Right now in the next room, the saws are rollin’ on Core 77’s parade float, a bunch of people are prepping for an upcoming gallery show, and some dude just rolled out of here on a cargo bike he made out of plywood. It sounds like every machine in the building is going at once, and surprisingly it’s not loud, it’s invigorating.
I recognize the irony of the think-make-think guy working in a place that’s building a community of thinkers and makers. It’s enough thinking and making to make you projectile vomit.
This Friday is the grand opening. There’s gonna be pizza from Sizzle Pie and kombucha on tap; probably some beers or whatever too. So, stop by and say hi.