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Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: engraver's test press

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  • Robert Tauber
    Gerald, Lisa, et al. - I learned how to print collotypes from Kent Kirby and have done numerous editions of books and broadsides with many collotypes numbering
    Message 1 of 5 , Aug 4, 2008
      Gerald, Lisa, et al. -

      I learned how to print collotypes from Kent Kirby and have done numerous editions of books and broadsides with many collotypes numbering from twenty or so copies to well over one hundred copies using a Vandercook, all with excellent results --- one broadside was a true duotone, utilizing two different hand rollers (soft and hard) with two different viscosity inks (loose and stiff).

      Collotypes are tricky; printing them is much like blowing bubble gum bubbles all day long.

      Bob Tauber
      Logan Elm Press

      From: Gerald Lange
      To: PPLetterpress@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Monday, August 04, 2008 2:01 AM
      Subject: Re: [PPLetterpress] Re: engraver's test press


      Well, yes, that has been my experience. You can't be switching out
      multiple sets of rollers and multiple inks on a Vandercook for one
      print. Simple as that. And that is what is required. You would have to
      dispense with the press's roller system altogether. A bit cumbersome to
      adequately hand ink on a Vandercook. Which is not a problem so much as
      the cylinder pressure is. Essentially, its single line pressure is
      inadequate and its singular direction force will tend to rip the
      collotype matrix off of its base. Not so good. You simply can't get the
      kind of uniform pressure required as from an iron hand platen press.

      The Kirby book basically sucks. Or blows. You pick. I can't image how
      you would be able to produce a collotype based solely on that book. Or
      trust the information given in it. We came to the conclusion that Kirby
      had not done multiples and was basically one of those grant track folks.
      There has been previous information posted here regarding the better
      bibliographic sources.

      This is a very difficult process. I have done it (as part of the
      editioning of a book), and am very appreciative of the experience (there
      is none better for informing one about the variances of the printing
      process), but I can state with some certainty, I would never ever do it


      Lisa Davidson wrote:
      > Hi, Gerald,
      > Interesting -- so the hand inking required for an iron hand press is
      > actually more exact and reliable than Vandercook mechanical
      > inking . . . . surprising. The Kent Kirby book is very much about
      > hand inking too.
      > Thanks,
      > Lisa
      > On Aug 3, 2008, at 9:25 PM, Gerald Lange wrote:
      >> Lisa
      >> Yes, you are correct in regard to the Vandercook definition.
      >> Though Wilson (and others) have suggested the Vandercook as a possible
      >> collotype press, it is not. The better choice is an actual collotype
      >> press or an iron hand press. Extreme control over ink viscosity and
      >> roller technique is crucial for the production of collotypes and the
      >> Vandercook just isn't up for it.
      >> Gerald
      >>> In a book about collotype (Wilson), I just read that an engraver's
      >> proof press is ideal for
      >>> collotype if you don't have the rubber-blanket type of press. I see
      >> that Vandercook calls its
      >>> offerings "engravers' test presses," but I think they probably mean
      >> presses for photo-
      >>> engravers, not hand engravers. Because for hand engraving I think
      >> you would need far
      >>> more pressure than a V. could give. Am I right about this? But
      >> then Wilson wrote his book
      >>> well into the Vandercook era, and he must have known what they
      >> called themselves, so I
      >>> can't tell.
      >>> Thank you,
      >>> Lisa

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