James E. Walker Library

James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University, 1611 Alumni Dr, Murfreesboro, TN 37132

Website: “A reproduction of the English common press used by Benjamin Franklin in the early 1700s, the MTSU printing press was handcrafted in 2004 and 2005 by cabinetmaker Keith Jenkins and blacksmith Jeff Henderson. The chestnut and white oak wood came from a 100-year-old house in Virginia, and all the brass, iron and steel parts were forged by hand.”

Website: “The James E. Walker Library will transport their handcrafted replica of the 18th century printing press from its home on the fourth floor down to the library portico.”

Video 1 and Video 2: “These films mention the makers of the replica: Made by Keith Jenkins (carpenter) and Jeff Henderson (Blacksmith). Based on Common press drawings of the Smithsonian.”