While out on an errand today I saw a sign for a "huge barn sale." Thinking this could be the place where I find the neglected but pristine 8x10 Deardorff for $25, I could not resist stopping.
The camera was not there, but I did find this UVB light source in the barn, which was not actually for sale. The lady said its intended use was as a treatment for seasonal affective disorder, but that she and her daughter had both burned their skin pretty badly so she was afraid to sell it to anyone else. After I convinced her of how I intended to use the device and assuring her that I would not sue her later, she agreed to let me have it for $20.
My exposure (pun intended) to alternative printing processes is limited to a 6 week summer seminar a few years ago, but I am thinking that it might make a killer light source for alt printing, or even to do photograms.
So did I spend my $20 wisely?