Chad Pastotnik and Deep Wood Press

Chad Pastotnik initially earned a BFA in printmaking and focuses on intaglio copper and relief wood engraving techniques which find their way into book forms as they are both highly detailed types of prints and lend themselves well to the smaller format. Chad has also had formal training in bookbinding as well as restoration and repair techniques, these skills led him to establish Deep Wood Press in 1992 along the banks of the Cedar River in northern Michigan’s beautiful Antrim County. Within the first few years, there was a determined need for text for these book forms and the first press and a few scattered cases of type began the formal act of publishing for Deep Wood. Since then the equipment, the workplaces, and the vision have continued to evolve and improve and the ever continuing explorations of “the book as art” is at hand.

The primary focus of the press is, and always has been, the production of limited editioned fine press books with an emphasis on the natural environment and humanities interaction with nature. Another standard of the press is the inclusion of artwork printed from the original plates of intaglio, wood engraving, collagraphs and linoleum cuts as created by the artist’s hand. Great attention is paid to tradition and detail, books are printed in types that are cast on premises are composed by hand then printed on handmade or mouldmade sheets gathered from all points of the globe. Inks are often handmade from raw ingredients and all aspects of the finished book follow archival practices to ensure that the volume will continue to exist in the centuries to come. Collaborations and commissions have been done with other printmakers, writers and poets that share a similar call from their respective muses, these projects are always especially fun as they inevitably lead to new discoveries and challenges.

Over the past 26 years, Deep Wood Press has produced over forty book titles and countless commissioned works and is present in some of the finest museums, libraries and university collections around the globe.