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Devin on Jul 22, 20215 out of 5 stars
The typewriter works great and is in perfect working order, as it was described. I am very pleased and will definitely order from this shop again. It was well packaged and shipped quickly. Thank you!
Rachel on Jun 27, 20215 out of 5 stars
Keeps my new typewriter in place and cuts down on the noise just as it should. Thank you!
Rachel on Jun 21, 20215 out of 5 stars
Troy was very knowledgeable and upfront about the typewriter. it was also packaged SO well. There's no way any damage was going to come to it. I am so pleased with my purchase and would definitely purchase from him again.
Carol on Feb 22, 20215 out of 5 stars
Just like the photo and description, perfect size.
notyourdame on Oct 29, 20205 out of 5 stars
Shipped on time and it's a lovely typewriter pad. I immediately felt and heard a difference once I put it under my machine!
Rob on Oct 23, 20205 out of 5 stars
These are fantastic-- I have four now! Love love love them.
lisa on Oct 6, 20205 out of 5 stars
Troy is great and makes such a fine product I bought a second one for me and then another for a friend.
lisa on Sep 17, 20205 out of 5 stars
Perfect in every way - fit, function, and looks! And it arrived super fast! So excited to not have my typewriters slide around anymore as I type.
Rex on Aug 24, 20205 out of 5 stars
Works really well. Keeps my typewriters quiet and firmly in place on the desk.
VCG on Aug 13, 20205 out of 5 stars
Troy was very responsive and kind. Item was shipped quickly and wrapped carefully. It works just as it should and then some, the quality is really great. WIll buy from this shop again!
Artist turns typewriters into typewriters.
I've been a professional visual artist for about 30 years. When I started buying typewriters about 3 years ago, my collectors started getting curious.
"Are you going to build a giant robot?" "Are these for an art installation at your next show?"
No one expected that I'd allow them to live on as typewriters, never mind learn to fix them.
I have been captivated by the beauty and mechanics of these machines, even though I don't much care to write on them. I just get a really good feeling from getting another one working again, and I do my best to make them as beautiful as possible.
One of my core beliefs as an artist is that it is my responsibility to inspire creative thinking in others. So lending my design, painting, and fabrications skills to the typewriter seems a perfect fit for now.
My goal is to paint the most incredible looking typewriters in the world.
A limited series of luxury tools for the writer's craft.
In the meantime, I am reconditioning and repainting a number of models while the more advanced designs are developing. Sometimes I put a lot of time into a cheap typewriter just because I think it looks cool. So, occasionally, you can pick up a really great deal on a working machine.
Each machine I sell on Etsy has been disassembled and deep cleaned in a special parts washer I have augmented for the task. The machine doesn't just get 'dunked', but is cleaned with brushes while a steady stream of solvent removes old grease and grime. It is then relubricated, worn or broken parts replaced, and any necessary repairs made.
The platen is important. If it is too slick, the paper won't roll onto it. If it is too hard, the typebars will cut the paper. If it is too 'pock-marked' or textured, it will cause blurry text and possibly contribute to undue wear on the type slugs.
I will at minimum recondition the platen with a rubber reconditioning solvent. Usually, I grind it down first so it has an even surface, and has the appropriate amount of grip for the paper. In some cases, I strip the old rubber off and replace it with vinyl, which will last much longer and seems to be the perfect hardness for type. In other cases, I will send it out to have it resurfaced with rubber, as close to the original as possible.
Once a machine has been put back together, I install a fresh ribbon, on the original spools when possible.
Then the machine is tested extensively.
I don't fine-tune the type slugs themselves unless they are way off. I feel that the slight variation is very desirable, part of the aesthetic character of a machine that is precious and unique. If you feel the same, you are in the right place.
I'm out of time for now - I'll write more about my painting processes later.
Thanks for stopping by!
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