Re: [PPLetterpress] pen ruling machines
- This video is on Pen ruling machines , not wood engraving
machines.-I've it somewhere.
Yes, if you can output high enough you can emulate a woodengraving to a
certain degree in polymer plate.
But the making of the plate needs absolute tight control and
But than a Lute making Friend of mine used to be a wood engraver of the
OUP in the 40 and 50's.
His stuff -first yoou think there Lithos (stone), the lines are so
fine, the colors so transparent, I've seen his blocks,
and haven't seen anything cut that fine since.
He passed more than a Decade ago - I'm a woodengraver on a much smaller
scale and inherited some of his tools.
On Dec 6, 2003, at 9:05 AM, typetom@... wrote:
> In a message dated 12/5/2003 philoxenia@... writes:
> << There was, in the late 1980's, a video offered on the technology
> and use
> of these machines. >>
> Hi Norman,
> I wonder if you have any further info about this video? One of the
> engraving ruling machines turned up in Denver last year, kept over the
> years by a
> former employee of the Sanders company. It's now owned by a friend
> who is a
> papermaker/printer/artist here, and it has been shown in connection
> with a
> couple of demo workshops on wood engraving by the Book Arts League of
> Colorado. A
> video could be very useful.
> Thanks & best wishes, Tom
> Tom Parson
> Now It's Up To You Publications
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The Custom Bindery
- We had a pen ruling machine at Carlisle Co. in San Francisco back in the 60s
that saw very active use. We did a lot of ledger books for cities and counties
that then had column heads printed letterpress and were hand bound in our
bindery. But one day I came into work and it was gone--the explanation being
that the operator of the machine, who had what looked like permanently colored
hands of blue and red, refused to run it any more, so out it went. Our local
governments here still have new bound books made on occasion and one of the last
places that does these is in Iowa somewhere. I kept the master book showing all
the rule combinations and pen types that Hickock offered for these machines.
----- Original Message -----
From: "Norman L McKnight" <philoxenia@...>
Sent: Friday, December 05, 2003 9:24 PM
Subject: [PPLetterpress] pen ruling machines
These are fascinating machines; I used to watch them in
action in Portland Oregon in Old Town when a ruling company
was still in operation. They had big windows onto the street
and they were as beautifull as you observed them to be. They
were all gone the next year I passed through. There was, in
the late 1980's, a video offered on the technology and use of
these machines. I'm sorry I didn't get one. This is an inter-
esting area of technology and not at all well known.
Norman L. McKnight
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It will be Monday before I can research the video; I think it
must have been in Type & Press or some early issues of The Printer.
It will take about an hour to scan the classifieds which is where
I know I saw it. It was not offered by Mr. Schlesinger who has done
so many fine letterpress videos, it was another individual.
Norman L. McKnight
- Hi Norman,
Not so important to me if it's about the pen ruling machine. I had the
impression it was about the wood engraving machine. Thanks in either case! Don't
spend too much effort on it, though.
Best wishes, Tom
Now It's Up To You Publications
157 S. Logan, Denver CO 80209