-I start with images I like and the ones that speak to me. Some of these images are pre-1920ish images, some are sketched by friends and customers….and me. We have some carved images and some are from photos of my travels.
-I take the black and white images, all arranged on a 7×11 sheet of paper, and send it to a most excellent place in east Texas called Jones Engraving. They make my matrix boards…a mold, see photo above.
-After a couple of days…and much anticipation, UPS brings me my boards. It’s a lot like Christmas every time I get new boards.
-I rush to the vulcanizer ( basically an oven with a car jack) flip the ON button and wait patiently for it to warm up to nearly 300 degrees. When it is ready I grab some raw rubber (photo above) and lay it out on top on the board and pop it into the vulcanizer.
-After 11 minutes or so I pull it out and pull the rubber off the matrix board/mold.
-It cools and I trim the rubber, add cushion…the cushion is double-sided (sticky on both sides).
Here is the cushion and the rubber stuck to it.
-The next stop is the saw. Cutting out the rubber/cushion in a close trim, it is ready for the wood mount.
This is the saw we use to cut the rubber/cushion
-Our stamps are wood mounted. Next we grab the wood…that we cut ourselves…index the wood….stick on a price code on it.