Printing from Handset Metal Type
Introduction to Letterpress Printing
Class 1 - Printing from Handset Metal Type: We cover the basics of setting metal type and printing: locking the type in a forme, makeready, inking, and presswork. These are the most fundamental skills needed to be a good printer. I talk about best papers for letterpress, degrees of impression into the paper, etc. I go over which presses to buy or to stay away from; tools needed for a basic shop.
I emphasize the craft of printing, and provide the basic knowledge to move forward to learn more. The apprenticeships of yesteryear were at least 5 years, so no single class makes you a printer, but it will set you on the proper path, with a good foundation.
Limit of 6 people
Cost: $125, plus $25 materials fee = $150
Prepayment is your guarantee of enrollment in the class.
Date: Saturday, May 30, 10am-5pm
Locking up a chase of metal type
Student "locking up" a chase of type she set. When the type is securely tight in the frame, she'll walk it over to the printing press. Pressure bars are tightened to hold everything in place.
Printed type specimen from handset metal type
Page designed in the style of Hermann Zapf, this specimen shows off the Deutsche Schrift metal type designed by Rudolf Koch in the 1920s. I have several sizes of this rare typeface. The quote by Koch are words of great meaning to me.