Now here’s something you don’t see every day, printmaking using a steamroller as the press. This took place at the Martha Street Studio Steamroller Festival in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

A few more pictures on their website.

Martha Street Studio

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.


  • Shadyman

    So… Why don’t we have a steamroller festival in $city_name?

  • gazer

    You do if you’re in San Francisco:
    http://sfcb.org/events/roadworks

    Roadworks Street Fair
    Sunday, September 19, 2010
    12-5pm
    Rhode Island Street between 16th and 17th Streets

  • Simon

    Cool, although technically that’s a road roller (we call them steam rollers here in NZ too though).

    I found this where it was done with a real steam powered steamroller: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXC6pdgdqTE

    Might have to suggest that to the local transport museum. They do live steam days still.

  • p0wn

    My buddy does similar printmaking, he built a cool little print making machine and takes it to places and teaches how to make basic prints. The print screen is a flat piece of styrofoam that you draw with a pen, the indentations you make are what doesn’t get printed. Pretty cool, you guys should feature them. They’ve shown a lot of people the process of printing, and are really great guys.

    http://www.craftandconcept.com/pfphotos.html