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Category Archives: How I do things.

Edition Binding 101

I am often asked how long it takes me to make one book. It is an impossible question to answer and I often seem evasive or befuddled when I try. … Continue reading

December 17, 2012 · 18 Comments

Post #74, In which I clean a Vandercook press

If you want to use a press, you have to clean a press. This is the cruel truth of the letterpress world. A printer should be able to clean a … Continue reading

October 24, 2012 · 6 Comments

Tool Porn: where did they come from and how much did they cost?

#1 Talas Bookbinders Awl $4.49. #2 Cherry Burl Pin Vice, handmade by Bob Walp at Chester Creek Press $45-65. I traded a book for it. #3 Starrett Pin Vice, $20. … Continue reading

September 12, 2012 · 12 Comments

Tool Porn

September 10, 2012 · 4 Comments

Life without a board shear

The Board Shear. The most beautiful cutter ever built, the most useful piece of bookbinding equipment known to man, the greatest thing in the wide world. A bookbinder without a … Continue reading

September 6, 2012 · 14 Comments

Designing ze Deluxe Edition. ooh la la.

Of the total edition of 75 copies of this new book, the first ten will be a “deluxe edition,” special copies that are housed in a more elaborate way. Until … Continue reading

August 21, 2012 · 8 Comments

Well Hello, Oregon. Let’s make books.

We are at the end of Day Two of the Letterpress Artist’s Books course that I am teaching at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and things are heating … Continue reading

August 1, 2012 · 1 Comment

Post #37: In which I set up a run

The majority of the work in a press run happens before the real printing begins. The “makeready,” time spent setting up the run, is the most critical part of the … Continue reading

June 15, 2012 · 1 Comment

Wait, how do you print, anyway?

It has come to my attention that not everyone in the universe knows how to operate a flatbed cylinder proofing press. This is both a shocking development and an opportunity … Continue reading

May 9, 2012 · 5 Comments

Post #28, in which I mix Pantone color #113

It’s time to print a yellow car! Using the Pantone guide I find the right shade, Pantone 113. to mix this color I need to combine 4 parts Pantone Yellow, … Continue reading

May 5, 2012 · Leave a comment