Thursday, November 29, 2012

C & P—Pressman's Favorite

C & P—Pressman's Favorite

The title of this post is taken from one of the articles in Fred Williams newsletter.  Fred was a printer and Linotype operator who started printing his newsletter in 1974. Many of his first issues were done on his 8"x12" Gordan platen. This required four passes through the press, one for each page of the four page newsletter. Later he printed it on his 12"x18" Little Giant cylinder press made by American Type Founders. His press is presently residing in a warehouse in Hayward, California, the property of a collector and reseller.

A link to all the reprints of Type & Press published by Fred Williams from 1974 to 2000 is found here.

Chandler and Price starting manufacturing presses in 1884. They continued being made into the mid 1960s and about 100,000 were built. Read more about them here. 

The parent site for these is the Amalgamated Printers' Association. The APA was organized in 1958 as a hobby printers group so that members could improve their skills, expand their knowledge, and exchange samples of their letterpress work. Here is the link.

My 8" x 12" Chandler & Price Old Style circa 1901.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Second Proof

Printing a small broadside as a preliminary for a large one I have planned.

This is the second proof. The first proof fixed all the typos, missing letters and several smashed letter from an old 12 point font of Binny Old Style ATF type. As you can see, this still has 8 or 9 bad letters, one work up and an upside down "r". After fixing all this and adding one more point of leading I printed the type with the title. I will post the finished piece in a day or two.

Second proof with damaged letters and upside down "r".

Monday, November 19, 2012

Press Maintenance

*Sticker is a restored version form a photo by Fritz Klinke of NA Graphics.

Oiling the Roller Arm Junction
This Direction sticker was glued to the feed table of a later model Chandler & Price press.* It was a guide for maintenance and care of the press. The copy states, there are about 37 oiling points on the press.

Many pressmen suggest oiling the press every time it is used. This Oil Chart button will open a guide for oiling from an old Chandler & Price manual courtesy of Briar Press. It is for a New Style press which was manufactured beginning in 1914. Most pressmen today recommend a non-detergent 30-40 weight oil. Heavier oil seems to attract dirt and clog the oil holes faster. Proper maintenance is good practice.

Thursday, September 27, 2012

Class 3: Christmas or Holiday Cards
Date: October 13, 27, or Nov 3
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Tuition: $200 plus paper cost
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This is your chance to do your own Holiday cards. Using studio type and one of the cuts below or your art, you will print 20 cards size 5” x 7”, either horizontal or vertical. The cards can be printed one side or two. I can supply pre-cut paper. You will set type, proof and print your cards. After they are done, they will be hand scored and folded. You will leave with 20 cards. Envelopes can be ordered or you can furnish your own. They should be A-7 size envelopes. You can also do smaller size to fit an A-2 envelope. You should plan  your layout and copy before the class date.

Paper: Reich Savoy cover, 118#

Press: 8”x 12” C&P OS platen.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Letterpress Classes

One-on-one Letterpress Classes resume February 2nd. They are designed for beginners and advanced students interested in learning about printing on platen presses. Classes are held at my studio in Sunnyvale or can be at your studio if you prefer. The focus is on your hands-on experience, and learning will proceed at a rapid rate with individual instruction. The following Classes are available:

Class 1: Intro
Date: TBA
Time: 10:00am-2:00pm
Tuition: $200
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This class is aimed at people who want to learn to print on a platen, and may or may not have one. If you are considering going into letterpress, this is a place to start. We will explore set up, locking up in a chase, inking, printing and cleanup. You can work with wood or metal type from the studio’s collection. If you have a short phrase or poem you wish to print, bring it to the class.

Class 2: Project
Date: TBA
Time: 10:00am-3:00pm
Tuition: $250 plus $25 for supplies
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This session will be for students who have a specific project in mind, such as business cards, an invitation or other artwork. You can choose type from the studio's collection or use your own. If you are using photo polymer plates, your design should be developed in a computer graphic program such as Adobe Illustrator. Negatives and plates must be ordered several days in advance or furnished by the student for use on a Boxcar base. I can guide you through the plate preparation process as part of the class. You will do all the printing but I will  assist and guide you as needed.

Class 3: Press Maintenance
Date: TBA
Time: 11:00am-2:00pm
Tuition: $150
Class Limit: 1-2
Skill Level: All

This session is all about the press. How to maintain it; oil and lubrication, cleaning, impression adjustment, adding parts like a fountain, counter or motor, and moving a press. The class can be held at my studio or yours.

Private individual one day weekend workshops start at $200 (4 hours) and two day sessions start at $425 (8 hours). Evening classes are available by prior arrangement. Consulting is $50 per hour. Specific projects can be scheduled as well as extra classes to complete larger projects. The cost of supplies is extra for large projects.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Using a composing stick

Rule #1 Hold stick with left hand as pictured. Thumb is used to keep pieces of type aligned and tight.

Rule #2 Letters go in stick left-to-right, upside down. Start in left corner.

More coming soon!