What better way to appreciate and preserve the beauty of Autumn than by pressing leaves! This leaf and flower press is a result of Tyler's (and his family's) love of nature and identifying trees. He will gladly discuss the hobby with you.
Their presses have been finished with an oil/varnish blend. They have chosen this "penetrating-type" finish as opposed to a "film" finish because it gives the press a more natural appearance and is easy to maintain. They suggest that you apply additional oil to your press about once a year. They recommend Watco Danish Oil, Minwax Antique Oil, or Deft Danish Oil. These brands are found in most hardware stores. First, you may want to give your press a light sanding with 180-220 grit sandpaper to remove scratches or marks. Next, simply wipe on a light coat of oil, and about 5 minutes later, wipe off the excess. You may be wondering, "What if I never oil my press?" Well, it will continue to perform just fine. However, it will look dry and lack the luster that results from additional coats of oil. Please consider the annual oil application a caring gesture. Enjoy.
A Little Background from Tyler... "My 7-year old daughter, Olivia, and I caught the "leaf identifying bug" in the fall of 2012. While out on walks we would pick a couple leaves off a tree and place them in a book, then hopefully identify them at home with a few tree identification field guides that I've bought over the years. During that autumn, she and I collected hundreds of leaves and we stuffed them in my old woodworking catalogs. A few months later, while searching for an indoor activity, we simply glued the leaves onto cut-up construction paper and added some identification notes. We slid the mounted leaves in some 4" x 6" acrylic frames that we had around the house and stuck them on the fridge for display. She and I were very happy with our creations! We resumed collecting leaves in the Spring of 2013 and I discovered that our collecting technique was flawed because the Spring leaves contain more moisture than the dry, Autumn leaves. Pressing the wet, Spring leaves between the pages of books was not allowing them to dry and flatten properly, plus the moisture was ruining the pages. We needed a designated leaf press."
The Tyler Morris Woodworking leaf press is made of the finest American hardwoods available and is designed to last a lifetime. The sides are made of cherry; the dowel, screw, and knob portions are made of maple. Plus, they use contrasting walnut plugs to hide their screws. It measures 8 1/2" tall and 9 3/4" wide and is finished with Danish oil.
The press includes 50 sheets of 5" x 8" acid-free, absorbent blotting paper that may be used repeatedly.
The press kit includes the 50 sheets of blotting paper plus twelve acrylic (plexiglass) frames. There is a piece of magnetic tape adhered on the back of the frames. Included are six 3 1/2" x 5" frames and six 4" x 6" frames with basic gray "chipboard" inside. If you wish, you may substitute the chipboard with construction paper, mat board or card stock.
Easy-to-Use, Lasts Forever. Simply, place your favorite fresh leaves or flowers between the blotting paper sheets then turn the screw to clamp. After one week or so, the leaves or flowers will emerge perfectly flat and dry.
Tyler turns his pressed leaves into art. He likes to mount them in 5x7 frames (that he makes) and label them. However, his favorite thing to do with the kids is make a Memory Game.
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