11.75” Maple and Bright Blue Printing Press
This commission by a lovely client introduced me to a new way of using a tortilla press! She asked for a large press to use as a printing press for her linoleum printmaking art. It was a fun challenge and involved a number of new techniques I got to utilize. :)
The figured maple has a shimmering water look and was paired with a swirl of blues. To make room for the thick linoleum and felt used for printing, we used a router to create a depression in the top and bottom of the inside. Metal pins were affixed inside to hold the paper she will be printing on. I included an extra presser bar that could be moved around to assist in creating an even amount of pressure for the print.
Our love of tacos ensures that an immense amount of love and care goes into every inch of your tortilla maker. Each of our tortilla presses are wet sanded to 10,000 grit and polished with food safe, non-toxic Odie's Oil to protect the beautiful wood and make it silky smooth. The hinges are solid brass and the handle is held in place by a 1/4" bolt. They make perfect tortillas every time! Enjoy a piece of functional art that you can keep out on your kitchen counter proudly.
We make new tortilla presses regularly so be sure to keep an eye on our shop for new listings. If you are interested in commissioning a press (perhaps you want it to match your kitchen or you have a favorite color) don't hesitate to start a conversation with us so we can make you something special.
For daily maintenance and tortilla making, use parchment paper, wax paper, or a cut open ziplock bag on either side of the dough to keep your tortilla press clean and prevent your tortillas from sticking. If it gets a bit messy, wipe down with a damp cloth. If necessary, scrub with hot soapy water for deep cleanings. Do not soak.
To treat your press, give it a good oiling anywhere from once a month to once a year depending on how often you use it. If it seems to be getting a bit dry then oil away!:
How to oil:
1. Clean your tortilla press thoroughly: scrub the wood and then wipe it clean. Let it dry.
2. Apply the wax/oil: using a clean soft cloth (or paper towel if you must), apply any of the following treatments to your board:
- Odie's Oil
- raw linseed/flaxseed oil
- food grade mineral oil
- liquid coconut oil (food safe MCT oil)
- carnauba wax
3. Let it soak in overnight or at least for several hours.
4. Remove the excess: with a soft cloth or towel, buff off the excess so your board doesn't feel damp or sticky.