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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 is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.



  1. Shadyman says:

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

  2. gazer says:

    You do if you’re in San Francisco:

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

  3. Simon says:

    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:

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

  4. p0wn says:

    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.