THE PRESS COLLECTION

The Press Collection is as it suggests is a body of bespoke presses, made and matched to your options.

  • Capable of Etching, Drypoint, Collographs, linocuts and Woodcuts.
  • Maintenance free, guarded where appropriate and have bed Safety stops fitted.
  • Constructed using the best quality parts and fixings.
  • Capable of a 25mm clearance about the bed using Easi set adjustors
  • Finished in a choice fof colours Deep Green or Dark Blue.
  • Designed by a professional with over 50 years experience in Engineering.
  • Designed with Integrity, assembled with Care and sold with Honesty.
  • Covered by a back to base one Year Warranty.

I started my working career as an appentice fitter for the then National Coal Board. In the North East where I lived and still do , it was the natural thing to do in the Sixties. University was not seen as a career choice , how things have changed. So at 15 I embarked on my chosen path. I stayed with the Coal board through my appenticeship and left just before the mine closed. I actually enjoyed my time underground it seemed like an adventure , of cousre there where good and bad times but importantly for me it gave me a perspective and work ethic which I have retain all my working life . In a nutshell when I do a job or make something its for myself, somthing I want to own.

When I design and build my preses they must produce the best results. They have to be easy to use. They have to last and have little maintenance. I also try to make them look good.

Leaving the mine I went to work in Factories , continuing in my field of Engineering . Honing my skills for later.

In 1979 I started Rollaco with my brother Mike with the sole intention of bringing a modern press to the market. A press which would utilise modern concepts and materials. The result would be a press that could be used in the home. A press that would be easier to use and easier to maintain. Its design would never compromise the quality of the prints produced. Our first press was called the Classic, alas no longer made. This is an example , there are many more still out there over 40 years later, still going strong.

The Press Collection
Classic Press – No longer made

One Happy Customer of the Classic Press https://cobeau.weebly.com/printmaking-in-fife-blog/rollaco-classic-etching-press

Our present range of presses are all prefabricated to my Modular design. I believe these are the first fully prefabricted designed presses in the UK. Others may make the claim but they produce no evidence , I have examples in Schools ,Colleges and Print Workshops , going back decades. They are still out there producing daily and without a service , truly maintenance free.

These days we hear about ‘journeys’, well I went from the National Coal Board to the National Gallery or from the Coal Face to Eton College. I did them both as well as many other famous and unusual places over this long career.

I hope you enjoy The Press Collection