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I have been working on building an apple press for a few months now. I have met some very creative people who are doing the same here in the beautiful Pacific Northwest. And now, as we begin the harvest season I am especially excited to try my most recent cider press project. When I purchased it earlier this year, it is an older cider press, part antique part thrown together over the years. But that is exactly what I am doing with the press. I am only replacing old or broken parts and hope to test it out in the next couple of weeks. This season I am going to press two varieties of apples together. I think I’ve got a good supply from last years harvest that have been sitting in C.A. all year. I am going to mix Granny Smith’s and either Red Delicious or Fuji’s. I am only making fresh cider or juice, not hard cider. I have heard that the Fuji’s have too much sugar when making hard cider. That is something I am learning about as well and hope to start a batch next year. If anyone has any other variety mixes they are trying, or have favorites, please post them!

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A new acquaintance sent me pictures of an old cider press he is planning on restoring. As he was explaining it to me I couldn’t understand what type of press he was talking about. So I asked him to send me pictures so I could get a visual. I have posted the pictures of his cider press below. As I continue to learn and be inspired with the restoration of antique fruit and apple presses, this particular press is an absolute marvel. I’m not quite sure how it all works, and since my friend is located in France, it may be a while before I can see it work in person. It is truly a piece of art though and I look forward to seeing the press after he has restored it. I hope you enjoy the pictures as much as I did. If anyone has any ideas, history or other information regarding this style of fruit press, we would love to hear your comments.

Antique European Cider Press

Antique European Cider Press

European Fruit Hopper

European Fruit Hopper

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Over the past weekend I purchased an old cider press from a lady in the Yakima Valley. It is a bit smaller than┬ámost of the antique presses I have seen, but that is OK as they all seem to weigh a thousand pounds. It had been in her family for 60 or so years, but I believe the press is older than that. The wood has been dried out and is somewhat brittle so I’m not sure if I can use a lot of the wood going forward or not. Probably not. One thing I wish was included with the cider press was the old cider hoppers that mount on top of the grinder. It must have been lost along the way, or broken. As I restore this press I was hoping to find others who have restored old cider presses, or grape presses, to get some good input. This is my first restoration project, and I’m not what you might call a professional woodworker. But it’s something that I enjoy, so it’s worth it. I hope to have this at least in working order for the 2009 Apple harvest. Here are some pictures of my new project.

Antique Cider Press

Antique Cider Press

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