- Yes at our Museum at Gulgong NSW Australia we have a Heidelberg
Platen 10x15 1949 vintage and a Miehle Vertical V50.
We also have an Albion Hand press, Furnival Treadle Platen, Adana,
Chandler and Price 5x8 table top Platen plus a 12x18 Chandler and
Price and a 15x20 stop cylinder Wharfedale hand fed.
Last year we did a 92 page Programme for our local show 2 pages at a
time and 500 copies 46 formes on the Heidelberg plus the cover was
done on the 12x18 Chandler and Price.
I was glad we had the Heidelberg running and did not have to hand feed
the whole job. This year we hope to have the Vertical running and
work 4 page formes. In the days when I worked full time in the trade
we would have worked a job like this as 16 page formes, we were
offered a 20x30 automatic flatbed Miehle but alas no room for it.
If you are only doing small quantities a hand fed press is OK but it's
no fun hand feeding large quntities.
Our programme was set on a C3 Intertype 1928 and a Ludlow. We used
stock blocks that we have been given, over 100 galleys of them.
Plus this year I will get some polymer blocks made as we have found a
good supplier and his blocks are good. Arthur Johnson.
- This talk about what it takes (on all levels) to get involved with
letterpress is fascinating, if a bit sobering. I have to say I admire Jan's
comebacks in the midst of this barrage of "wake up and smell the coffee"
talk. What intrigues me about all this is how it relates to my current book
project, "A Letterpress Odyssey," (I'm trying to figure out a way to get
some of this talk into the book (names excluded, of course); would any of
you mind ??) which is about a few representative samples of those of us who
have followed our bliss to letterpress, despite all the logic to the
contrary. As Gray Zeitz, one of our subjects and the owner of Larkspur Press
in Kentucky, put it, "letterpress is addicting." We do it because, as most
of us would admit in our heart of hearts, this is what we were put on the
earth to do. (I say the same thing about book arts, another of the least
lucrative art forms...) I have trouble explaining my calling to my non-
printer friends. ("Let's see, you were put on the earth to set type letter
by letter because you did WHAT in a previous lifetime?")
Jan, all this feels like cold water being thrown in your face, but the truth
is that we all understand the bug that you have, and we support you. Instead
of more cold water, I have the best idea yet: I'll move to Santa Barbara and
set up shop with you! I'll bring the Vandercooks if you bring the
Heidelberg! Maybe we won't do greeting cards, if that market is saturated
and requires swimming with the sharks. Maybe we'll do explore other untapped
markets (I won't give away all my secrets right now...) Maybe we'll get a
photocopier and put up a sign that says "Kinkos" in front and keep this
stuff in the back room...
Ars Brevis Press
- Katie, great idea, lets set up shop here in SB and we
can swim with the dolphins, they are suppose to be
good shark repellent.
But seriously, I think I will take everyone's advice:
I will call it a hobby, like Mark says, and just print
for awhile, have fun, and see what comes of it. I will
probably buy a Vandercook, as Gerald says, I will go
to the show in New York next May to see what others
are doing. And by the way James, thanks for explaining
price point, I suspected it was the price the market
will bear. And I wondered if 50% discount is what
The part of learning the letterpress I need to slow
down on is the business end. That and purchasing a
press that is too big and scary to be fun anymore.
I'm not dampened, I'm inspired, and I feel better
about my level of committment. Thank you for all of
your input. I'm really glad I asked. Plus I enjoyed
our philosophy 101 class. Its good to get back to the
basics sometimes. I hope Katie can use some of it in
her book. Now I have to get back to work on my danged
computer and make some money so I can afford my new
> > Jan, all this feels like cold water being thrownin
> your face, but the truth__________________________________
> is that we all understand the bug that you have, and
> we support you. Instead
> of more cold water, I have the best idea yet: I'll
> move to Santa Barbara and
> set up shop with you! I'll bring the Vandercooks if
> you bring the
> Heidelberg! Maybe we won't do greeting cards, if
> that market is saturated
> and requires swimming with the sharks. Maybe we'll
> do explore other untapped
> markets (I won't give away all my secrets right
> now...) Maybe we'll get a
> photocopier and put up a sign that says "Kinkos" in
> front and keep this
> stuff in the back room...
> Katie Harper
> Ars Brevis Press
> Cincinnati, OH
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>Jan, all this feels like cold water being thrown in your face, but the truthWith Independence Day weekend almost upon us, may I remind all
>is that we all understand the bug that you have, and we support you.
concerned that a squirt bottle of cold water is an indispensable
accessory to anyone grilling with wood chips or charcoal? An
occasional spritz helps control overheating, allows your fuel to last
longer, and yields a smoky, more flavorful meal.
In advising caution, James and Fritz and I are only trying to make
your letterpress experience as succulent as possible.
Indian Hill Press