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Category Archives: How I do things.

Excavations

I’m digging through old notes today to gear up for a talk I am giving on Sunday afternoon at the Otis College of Art and Design. (Are you in Los … Continue reading

February 25, 2014 · 6 Comments

Put down that mulled wine immediately. We are making bookcloth today.

Happy Holidays! Here, put on this apron and stop drinking. We’ve got work to do. We’re making our own bookcloth today, so tell your family to get lost and let’s … Continue reading

December 23, 2013 · 58 Comments

A loopy box with a drawer

Yesterday I finally got all my paperwork in to Penland for the boxmaking class I’ll be teaching in August. It got me all in a box making mood, so I … Continue reading

December 12, 2013 · 17 Comments

How to trim sections to size without a cutter

Not every house is equipped with a guillotine, board shear, or cutter, but this shouldn’t stop you from being able to trim your sections for your books to identical dimensions. … Continue reading

October 2, 2013 · 26 Comments

Clearing the Decks

I am ready to move forward. I am ready to make something new. I am ready, I am ready, I am ready, but the tiniest bindery in the world is … Continue reading

July 31, 2013 · 10 Comments

This is what rejection looks like

Carpaccio of pollock with basil, olive and sea salt salad. Sea Trout with potato & smoked eel terrine, cockles, sea beets, samphire, cider, pancetta & seaweed. I understand your confusion. … Continue reading

June 11, 2013 · 5 Comments

Oh my god I’m out of glue.

How did it come to this? Last week I decided to get down to business in the tiny bindery and put in some hours on old projects, but when I … Continue reading

May 8, 2013 · 25 Comments

How to adjust the packing on a flatbed cylinder press

The process of letterpress-printing is a relationship between two basic variables: How much ink is applied to your printing surface (type, lino block, plate, etc.) and how much force you … Continue reading

March 11, 2013 · 8 Comments

How to Adjust the Inking Rollers on a Vandercook SP-15

Oh, hello again! Don’t mind me, I was just checking the roller height on this Vandercook SP-15. What’s that? You. . . you don’t know how to check the roller … Continue reading

February 10, 2013 · 10 Comments

How to make a collapsible punching trough

Happy Holidays! Who needs mulled wine and a pile of gifts when you’ve got a tub of PVA and a stack of binders board? This year, give yourself the gift … Continue reading

December 24, 2012 · 11 Comments