Adventures in letterpress in Guelph, Ontario

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In Uncategorized on December 3, 2010 at 9:58 pm

I printed a half issue of my zine a few weeks ago (a mini one sheet 11×17 fold-out), but have been neglecting this blog. It took me many more hours to print than anticipated because I had to redistribute the type in order to get the necessary letters four times. I had way less Bodoni (or a similar yet to be identified typeface) 18pt than I thought. I wrote out a story Read the rest of this entry »


First prints…

In Uncategorized on October 31, 2010 at 11:22 pm

I’ve finished my first two mini-printing projects: an invitation to a potluck at the print shop and a flyer for a house party we had this weekend. It was great to set type again and I think the prints turned out well considering it was my first try. The shop is in dire need of organizing and some more leading and spacing, but besides that the press runs great. Anyone in Guelph or nearby come out to see it in action this Tuesday at 7pm, 49 Alice St.

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Fire, oil & sweat

In Uncategorized on October 28, 2010 at 2:08 pm

Propane torch

In order to get the press out of the driveway and into the shop, I had to go at the key holding the flywheel assembly in place with a blow torch. I also tried using penetrating oil but that had negligible effects. I thought it might require a special tool, but after five or ten minutes with the propane torch I just pulled and pulled on it with a hammer and it popped right out. Read the rest of this entry »

To Michigan and back

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2010 at 12:49 pm

Saturday we got up at 6am and drove just over five hours to Breckenridge, Michigan to pick up the press from the Saginaw Valley Shopper, where it had sat unused for perhaps 25 years. Ed, the man in his mid 60s who sold it to me, used to set type after school when he was a kid. Read the rest of this entry »

Squash and Wooden Swing

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 10:39 am

With much help from friends, the shop has finished being painted. I chose a seasonally appropriate Squash for the walls and a complementary Wooden Swing for the trim. It now feels like the room itself can’t wait for the press to arrive. Read the rest of this entry »

Home close to home

In Uncategorized on October 11, 2010 at 5:35 pm

Here is the shop across the street from my house that the printing press will be living in. It was built in the 1930s and housed a shoe store and a bicycle shop before me. I’ve begun painting today and hope to get things set up before Saturday when we move the press in. Read the rest of this entry »