Deep Wood Press ~ Michigan
(Chad Pastotnik)

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Deep Wood Press focuses on works of past and contemporary artists and writers in original book designs utilizing traditional and modern binding styles.

Chad Pastotnik grew up in Cadillac, Michigan and earned a BFA in printmaking from Grand Valley State University.

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Deep Wood Press Out of Prin Title:  

The Changeling's Exile
By Gerard Wozek
engraving by Chad Pastotnik
Mancelona, Michigan: Deep Wood Press, 2010. Edition of 50.

6.75 x 8.25"; 24 pages. Hand illuminated ornaments. Copper intaglio engraving by Chad Pastotnik on the opening spread. Composed in 12 pt Palatino. Letterpress printed on Somerset Book paper. Quarter-bound in Sienna-silk Asahi book cloth and green Fabriano Roma cotton papers over boards with gloss black foil-stamped title. Numbered and signed by artist and poet.

Deep Wood Press: "A long poem of an anguished soul lamenting his unfortunate switch at birth by the faerie folk. This poem was originally part of a larger performance piece entitled The Changeling in Exile. It was first performed in March, 1992, at the Lionheart Theater in Chicago, IL."

In faery folklore, faeries are sometimes
known to exchange their own babies for en-
chanting newborn human infants. These
faery children are called Changelings. A
faery left in the care of humans if often
shunned with it begins to develop unusual
physical features or to exhibit the innate
characteristics of its faery nature.

Robert Morris University: "Gerard Wozek has been a Professor of English and Humanities in the College of Liberal Arts at Robert Morris University Illinois since 1994. ... Wozek holds a B.A. in Communication from Loyola University of Chicago with a second major in Literature, an M.A. in Dramatic Theory from Northeastern Illinois University, and an M.A. in Writing and Rhetoric from DePaul University. ... Wozek is the author of the short story collection, Postcards from Heartthrob Town .... His debut book of poems, Dervish won the Gival Press Poetry Book Award."

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The Frogs Who Wished a King
Versified by Clara Doty Bates
with intaglio engravings by Chad Pastotnik
Mancelona, Michigan: Deep Wood Press, 2008. Edition of 55.

7.25 x 7.5"; 22 pages. Letterpress printed in Garamond types. Intaglio engravings. Printed on mouldmade Hahnemühle Biblio paper. Quarter-bound with an Asahi cloth on the spine and Cockerell marbled paper over boards.

"The Frogs Who Wished a King" is a classic tale from Aesop's fables, here illustrated by Chad Pastotnik.

Once long, ah, long ago —
How long I do not know —
A nation of Frogs there was — a favored race
Who lived away from boys, from thoroughfares and noise,
Behind a wood, in a most lovely place. ...

Deep Wood Press: "Clara [Doty Bates] (1838-1895) was an editor of The Detroit Tribune and author of several children's books. In addition she was also responsible for creating a model library for children at the World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893."

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By Rudyard Kipling
[Mancelona, Michigan]: Deep Wood Press, [2013]. Edition of 55.

10 x 16" single sheet. Broadside letterpress printed on Domestic Etching paper. Text set in 18pt ATF Garamond with the title in Americana. Printed in two colors. Signed and numbered by the printer.

Chad Pastotnik: "I was hoping to do the text in Baskerville to keep it all UK-centric but, alas, when hand setting type one is constrained to the amount of sorts in the case. Even with the Garamond I was short four o's and had to run the last four lines as a separate press run.

"The image is a old wood engraving of mine that first appeared in a small edition (50) of poems by Terry Wooten back in 1997 called Hermaion. With a few more cuts to the block I think it makes an admirable companion to If.

"If you’re British or an Anglophile you know all about this poem of course. It’s been voted Britain’s favorite poem uncountable times by various survey entities and carries significant meaning beyond the aforementioned immutable British stereotype. I’ll let you do your own googling for info on Dr. Leander Starr Jameson and the Boers War. Kipling wrote this for his own son, who died in WWI only a few years after the poem was published in Rewards and Fairies in 1909, a shock Kipling never fully recovered from."

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster
        And treat those two impostors just the same:

*Note from Vamp & Tramp: In the third verse fourth line on the broadside 'adout' should be 'about'. This was our take on typos (from our 2012 Abecedary): Typos As much as control seems like a worthy goal and a likely source of contentment, in our world mistakes, the typos of life, abound. Several strategies seem possible: accept nothing but perfection and live with high blood pressure and/or blood alcohol content; accept your limitations: "The heart, to be sure, always has something to say about what is to come, to him who heeds it. But what does the heart know? Only a little of what has already happened" (Alessandro Manzoni); or adopt the following attitude (supplied by Rollin Milroy, Heavenly Monkey Press): "The Allen Press did a polyglot Bible leaf book c. 1966, and the colophon credits a Chinese proverb – 'typos intentionally left in so that people who find them may feel superior.'" The multiple choice test strategy works in this case: when in doubt the third possibility (C) is the best choice.

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The Intruder
By Robert Traver
foreword by Richard F. Vander Veen
wood engravings by Jim Westergard
Mancelona, Michigan: Deep Wood Press, 2012. Edition of 150.

8.25 x 10.375"; 36 pages. Letterpress printed in 14 pt Linotype Janson with ATF Garamond in display sizes. Printed in five colors on Hahnemuhle Shiller 150 gsm paper. Illustrated with 10 wood engravings by Jim Westergard. Includes a foreword by Richard F. Vander Even, co-founder of the John D. Voelker Foundation. Quarter-bound in heavy board with a Canapetta book cloth spine and Twinrocker Rustler paper. Copper foil title on cover and an embossed umber printed panel with Jim Westergard's small "fly" wood engraving printed on a green paper inset. Dark green Hahnemühle Bugra flyleaves back up the book blocks which are all handsewn on straps, mull attached, and cased in. Edition of 150: 20 deluxe; 10 unbound; 120 standard. Signed and numbered by the printer.

Deep Wood Press: "John D. Voelker (June 19, 1903 - March 19, 1991), better known by his pen name Robert Traver, was a renowned fly fisherman, and a member of the Fly Fishing Hall of Fame. His early professional career was as an attorney, judge, and later a writer. He is best known as the author of the novel Anatomy of a Murder published in 1958. The best-selling novel was turned into an Academy Award nominated film - directed by Otto Preminger and starring James Stewart - that was released July 1, 1959. After the success of his novel, Anatomy of a Murder, Voelker retired from the court in 1959 in order to write full-time and to fish at his beloved Frenchman's Pond. There, he devoted himself to writing, and perhaps above all else, fly fishing, with a special passion for wild brook trout. Although he traveled far in his pursuit of trout, he recognized the Upper Peninsula as a particularly special place to fish. His writings, though steeped in fly fishing, also embraced the larger beauty of nature, and human nature.

“John Voelker lived his life as most of us wish we could - on his own terms. He was a renowned novelist and outdoor writer, an eminent member of the bench and bar, and a skilled fly fisherman. Author of 11 books and numerous stories, a Michigan Supreme Court Justice who wrote over 100 finely crafted opinions, and self 'proclaimed U.P. Cribbage Champ,’ John Voelker made many contributions that live on today."

Colophon: "The Intruder was originally published as a chapter in the book Trout Madness published by St. Martin's Press in 1960. ... Nothing as ironic as printing a book about fishing while the trout are frantically rising to big hatches 30 feet from the studio door. Promises made, promises kept ..."

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Killing the Bear
By Judith Minty
With a foreword by Anne-Marie Oomen
and Wood Engravings by Glenn Wolff
Mancelona, Michigan: Deep Wood Press, 2011. Edition of 110.

6 x 7.25"; 34 pages. Composed in 12 pt. Linotype Palatino with elements of Garamond . Printed on Hahnemühle Biblio paper on a Vandercook 219 OS press. Edition of 100: 1-10 deluxe, 11-110 standard. Numbered. Signed by Chad, Judith, and Glenn.

Standard: Bound in boards with a dark brown Asahi bookcloth and brick Hahnemühle Bugra paper. Matt-black foil stamped title and onlaid wood engraving printed on Kitakata paper.

Deluxe: Printed on cream Zerkall Frankfurt. Bound in chocolate Harmatan goat with dark grey Fabriano Roma over boards. In slipcase covered with umber Asahi and gray cotton cloth. Wood engraving set within a debossed panel on cover. Printed on Kitakata paper with title foil stamped in copper.

Deep Wood Press: "Acclaimed Michigan poet and educator Judith Minty’s deeply felt, archetypal tale of confronting wild nature and self has never before been published on its own.… Each volume’s pages have been hand printed on a Vandercook printing press with lead type and then carefully bound by hand.

“Minty is the author of four full-length collections of poetry and four chapbooks. Her first, Lake Songs and Other Fears, was a recipient of the United States Award of the International Poetry Forum in 1973. Her prose and poetry has appeared in over fifty anthologies and in numerous magazines and journals. Minty is also a recipient of the Eunice Tietjens Award, the John Atherton Fellowship to Bread Loaf, Villa Montalvo Award for Excellence in Poetry, two Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artists Grants, two PEN Syndicated Fiction Awards, and the PEN/Mead Foundation California Fiction Awards."

Chad Pastotnik: "A sense of place is a recurring theme in Minty's writings and Michigan is the place she has chronicled most often and most vividly throughout her 40-year literary career. The semi-autobiographical Killing the Bear is set in a remote wooded cabin on the Yellow Dog River in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Speaking about this work, Minty says 'I think it appeals to readers because it invites reader participation and also works on archetypal levels....The thing that held me together as a poet was writing this piece!' Although the prose poem appears in many anthologies, it has never been published on its own till now."

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The Path
By Sigrid Christiansen
linoleum cuts by Chad Pastotnik
[Mancelona, Michigan]: Deep Wood Press, 2013. Edition of 100.

6.25 x 5.875"; 14 pages. Letterpress printed with text handset in ATF Freehand type with Lydian Bold for display sizes. Printed on Hahnemühle Schiller paper in 7 colors. Linoleum cuts, design, printing and binding by Chad Pastotnik. Bound on straps into a limp binding. Download card slipped into back interior pocket. Paper covers of "Dark Roast" made of reclaimed cotton rag and spiced with fair trade coffee grounds. Signed by Sigrid Christiansen and Chad Pastotnik. Numbered.

Deep Wood Press: "The Path was a dream Sigrid had of having beautiful children and when shared with friends it quickly evolved into the children being songs and signified to her that it was about making and nurturing songs and the life of songwriting. Aside from the chorus the tale is told as an exact retelling ...

"When I heard this first it was around the proverbial north woods fire ring where several talented friends were taking their turns with guitars until the early morning hours. I was moved by the tune – it describes my own family here on the stream all so well. It didn’t take much effort to persuade Sigrid to allow me to turn it into a book. Keeping true to the original form, Sigrid has gone back into the studio and recorded this new track and it comes with the book. In the back cover there is a pocket with a download card from cdbaby so you too can enjoy this lovely magical lullaby as well.

"Throughout high school and college Sigrid played in coffee houses, bars, and restaurants with a singing partner, weaving songs with close and intricate harmonies. She is also a professional modern dancer and eventually her early dance career eclipsed her musical career until taking a break to work in a family business and raise her children.

"After a long hiatus Sigrid is once again performing both as a dancer and a musician, this time writing and choreographing much of her material."

Chad Pastotnik, Colophon: "My thanks to Sigrid for composing this lovely song/verse which so strongly resembles my family and home."

          When it come to dreams my friend
                no judgement is in order.
          Stories hold a meaning
                when you cross the dreamland border....


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There Be Monsters
In Those Wood
A Little Fable

By Chad Pastotnik
Mancelona, Michigan: Deep Wood Press, 2011. Edition of 70.

5.5 x 5.375 "; 14 pages. Handset in the Lutetia. Printed on George Whiting paper stock. Sewn onto Iowa PC4 straps laced through a limp binding of Iowa PC4 G paper . With a hand-colored wood engraving and a six-color linoleum cut. Signed and numbered by the author.

Deep Wood Press: "A little fable about how to walk in the woods, There Be Monsters was inspired when my friend Jim Horton did a reduction wood engraving for a lovely edition of Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky. While my little story is short and sweet it does have an interesting plot twist. This is, officially, a second edition though with significant changes from the original.

“Originally I produced 25 copies of this book back in 1998 though half of them were destroyed by water damage while they were still loose sheets. The remaining dozen copies were all bound in different ways exploring unique presentations for a small book such as this, out of those trial bindings the one I liked best was the model for this edition. The original release was completely hand colored and when I decided to reissue this book the thought of doing that to 140 illustrations seemed a bit daunting so this time around the monster linoleum cut was used as a keyline block and 5 other blocks were created to make the color run. The little green man wood engraving on the title page is still hand colored and there are some additional lines and touches done to the linocut as well."


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The Trout in Winter
By Jerry Dennis
[Mancelona, Michigan]: Deep Wood Press, 2012. Edition of 65.

22 x 15.25" single sheet with intaglio print 7.5 x 12". Broadside printed on handmade Somerset Textured off-white paper. Baskerville Roman 24 pt. and Italic fonts. Numbered. Signed by artist, printer, and writer.

Deep Wood Press: 'Words – the only poem Jerry Dennis claims to have ever written (well, published anyway). Intaglio – Glenn Wolff’s deft hand with graver and copper plate. Typography and design by Chad Pastotnik."

Jerry Dennis: "This broadside, The Trout in Winter, is actually a second edition, with some significant changes. The first edition, published in a signed and numbered edition of 60 in December 2000, sold out soon after it was released and has grown steadily in value ever since. Glenn's magnificent image of a brown trout against a cosmic river bottom is the same engraving on the same copper plate but with the addition of an exquisite stonefly nymph in the lower right corner. Chad made some interesting changes as well. He re-inked caps with gold ink, tightened up the line and letter spacing, and made a few other tweaks to produce an even lovelier presentation of my words. We've kept the words as they appeared in the first edition, including the emergency edit that changed the text slightly from the way I originally drafted it. As we were setting type we realized that Chad was running short of lowercase e's, creating an interesting dilemma. We could have reset the type in a different font but we had fallen in love with the Baskerville 24 pt Chad had selected. So instead we reset some of the words and lines in italic, creating visual interest and variations in tone and emphasis that I now consider essential to the meaning of the text. To save a few additional e's I also edited the poem slightly. I'll never forget the three of us cheering spontaneously when we saved two e's by changing the last word from 'leave' to 'go.'"

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