We’ve got some exciting news!

1canoe2 is getting a new workspace!

How did this all happen? Well, let me tell you. A couple of years ago, Beth and I got this crazy idea to buy an old Chandler & Price letterpress that weighs a ton. Literally. Before we made the trip to Iowa to pick it up we thought we should probably figure out a place for it to reside once we got our hands on it. We knew putting it in either of our own houses was not an option. And neither of us have garages. So I called my dad and we had a conversation that went something like this…

Me: Hey Dad, Beth and I are buying an antique letterpress. It weighs about 2000 pounds, is made of cast iron, and we don’t really know how to use it yet. But we’re going to try. Can we put it in your barn?

Dad: Sure! And, we’ll just use the forklift to move it around, and you can use any our tools, and yeah, go ahead and take over the front room. We’ll just work around your stuff.

And that is kind of what happened. We moved right in. Then the fall season came around. In my family, fall means harvest time, but it also means corn maze time. For the last 10 years we have created a maze in our corn field and it has become a fairly large attraction in our area. People love the maze!

Our little print shop was not a part of the corn maze business plan, so we got moved out. Moved down the road actually, to my parents garage. For about three months.

You can see in this picture we’ve gained another press. And, a guillotine style paper cutter, which isn’t small either. Printing continued, seamlessly.

After moving back to the barn we acquired yet another press, a Kluge with automatic feed. This operation is getting serious!

Then my dad and I had another conversation that went something like this…

Dad: Carrie, corn maze season is coming up again before too long. We’re going to have to find a more permanent place for you girls to go.

Shoot. We’ve finally worn out our welcome, we’re getting kicked out!

Dad: I was thinking, we could pour some concrete in the barn by the house, and we could build you your own room. We could put all your presses and equipment in there, and you girls could just use that room how ever you want.

Me: Seriously?! Um…okay!

So that is how this all happened. See, we told you we have GREAT DADS!!!

This is the barn that we will be moving into soon. It’s the real deal. It is probably around 100 years old, but in great shape. I grew up playing in and around this barn. It seemed like I was always climbing up into the loft looking for our cats and their litters of kittens.

Here is a shot of early progress. Concrete has been poured over the dirt floor where our studio will be, and the walls are starting to take shape.


How lucky are we?! The support and encouragement we get from our families is unbelievable. We’ve got big plans for this room, and we have already rounded up some new furniture to help in organizing the space. We are extremely excited to move in, hopefully not too many weeks from now!

Don’t worry, we’ll keep you posted.

:: Carrie ::