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Thornwillow's presidency series, featuring books written by renowned historians on George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Andrew Jackson, Abraham Lincoln, Theodore Roosevelt, and Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Just ask, and Pontifell—invariably dressed in one of his signature bespoke three-piece suits—will tell you the story of each of the machines, with contagious enthusiasm and obvious respect for the extraordinary craftsmanship these presses are able to produce. After all, he both uses and protects them. Today, letterpress printing machines are often abandoned or, worse, used as anchors in commercial harbors. Pontifell has been known to travel a thousand miles at the drop of hat to save a printing machine from the sea. “We combine ancient crafts that would have been familiar to Gutenberg with digital technologies,” he explains. “This way of publishing ideas in a technological world is becoming more relevant as opposed to less. In this age, when you delete your correspondence and literally turn off your book, a hand- made, beautifully crafted book becomes a powerful way of communicating.” The Heidelberg. PORTFOLIO MAGAZINE 43