Monday, August 06, 2007

Welcome Printmakers: Please use this space to introduce yourselves

Hello, My name is Alan Takach, Education: I am currently working towards my BFA at the University of New Mexico. I am focused in the studio and more particularly in printmaking. I have completed courses in Lithography, Intaglio, and Serigraphy. I will complete my degree requirements in the fall of 2007, though there are many courses that I would still like to take. Professionally: I started working at Takach Press corporation as a teen and have learned the skills required to build the presses that we manufacture.
Community: I attended the Southern Graphics Council conference in Kansas City in 2007 and was introduced to the wonderful community of printmakers. It was great to experience first hand the diversity and warm welcoming of students, professors, and professional printmakers. Attending the conference inspired not only my art, it instilled personal edifice in the printing products that we at Takach Press produce.


David Takach Jr. said...

Hi everyone,
I am David Takach(Jr.) I've been working at Takach Press Corp. since the summer of 1977. (Yikes!) Working here with my family and helping to build a business that is beneficial to our customers is a rewarding experience.
I've had the chance to meet a lot of our customers and we are so lucky that our customer base is printmakers. You guys are the coolest group of people.
If anyone has questions or comments or suggestions about the products please let us know. And for gosh sakes if there is a press in need of maintenence- as there are Takach presses over 30 years old out there, or if you have a general maintenence question let us know. OR if you want to talk sports or something I'm down for that too!
David Takach Jr.

Anonymous said...

Hi, my name is Mike. I have been doing large format photography for over 25 years and now I am considering photogravure. I have limited space available for a press. I would like to know if a 2436 tabletop etching press can exert enough pressure for this process. If I must use a floor model, I would have to rent space somewhere and work away from home. I would like to avoid this by getting a tabletop unit, but I don't want to compromise quality of the prints.

Also, do tabletop units break down into major components so that I can dismantle it upon delivery, take it into the darkroom by component and them re-assemble it?

Thank you for any information. I would especially appreciate hearing from someone who uses a tabletop press for photogravure.


Anonymous said...

Hello, I know this is not about Taksch press but I am having a hard time finding information. I am trying to get a price range for what a Fuchs and Lang Hand Litho press would go for these days. I have to price one and have no points of reference, any info would be great.

Anonymous said...

My name is Kristianne. I need help. About a year ago I did some woodcuts on Japanese paper. Now I have some small brown dots appearing on the paper. I think it is from the acidity of something but the paper is acid free. I have been storeing it on card board. My main question is, IS THERE A WAY TO FIX IT?? If anyone knows I would be very appreciative of help.
Thank you.

dash1up said...


I think what you have is mold! I did successfully remove mold from a print once, but it was on a French paper that was most likely heavier than your Japanese paper. Also, because your paper is probably unsized this is going to be delicate...think about using a screen to rest the paper on (or polyester fabric).

Here was the recipe I used;

Bath 1, 10 cups of water, 2 table spoons bleach.

Rock for 1 minutes, let stand for 2 minutes

Bath 2, 1 cup vinegar, 9 cups water

Rock for 1 minute

Bath 3, water rinse 30 seconds.

repeat if needed.

Good luck


ewa said...

Hi , my name is Ewa. I have lots of old prints with oil base etching ink on printing paper (like BFK Reeves). I'd like to recycle some of the old prints. cut and paster them again as collages. what is the best glue? consider that they are already covered with oil ink. would love to get advice. thanks.

dash1up said...

From one of my most trusted resources he recommends using two types of glue. Both are archival safe.
The first is a Rice Starch glue. This glue is nice in the fact that if you were to mess up you can wet the glue again and move the piece without any damage.
The second is PVA. This glue is more of a permanent glue that once you have attached your print to another print it is permanent and will not move.
Watch our online store in the upcoming months for at least one of these products to go on sale.

LindsayHeyHey said...

Hey everyone! I was just invited to the Takach blog by Alan, and wanted to introduce myself. I'm Lindsay Appel, printmaker/photographer/musical extrordinaire..basically I attempt to be great at many things and end up having no free time! During the day I don my 9-6er cloak and parade around as the printmaking shop technician for the Savannah College of Art & Design in Atlanta. I got my BFA in photography from SCAD (Savannah) in 2005, and minored in printmaking. Since the fall of 2006 we've become a major and things are rollin' merrily along!

For more info about the department check these spots:
(my boss's blog about the shop)

OR you can talk to me! My blog is here:

Or e-mail me:

It's great to be here!