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  • Gerald Lange
    Just a note to remind folks in the San Francisco area about Lee Engdahl s workshop on Makeready for the Vandercook and Platen Press. June 16th. San Francisco
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      Just a note to remind folks in the San Francisco area about Lee
      Engdahl's workshop on Makeready for the Vandercook and Platen Press.

      June 16th. San Francisco Center for the Book

      http://www.sfcb.org/

      The syllabus for this follows.


      Also, if you have otherwise not heard about it, I will be conducting a
      two-part The Care and Feed of Your Vandercook: Operation and
      Maintenance Workshop on June 24 and July 1 (Los Angeles). Contact:

      http://www.lalapressandtiselle.com/



      Gerald
      http://BielerPress.blogspot.com






      makeready for the vandercook and platen press


      l d engdahl, Instructor

      sf centre for the book
      300 de haro street,
      san francisco, ca 94103



      The Basic principles of Makeready

      the syllabus

      1. Review of class materials
      a. Evolution of makeready
      b. Terminology
      c. Damp versus dry printing
      d. Relation of makeready to platen versus cylinder
      presses

      2. Tools for makeready
      a. The knife
      b. The library of pasting-up paper
      c. The dilemma of paste for makeready

      3. Relation of makeready to imposition, press, and
      relief printing surface
      a. Imposing the form before makeready or to improve
      and reduce makeready
      b. Using the press to best advantage
      c. Is makeready the problem?
      d. Positioning makeready on cylinder or platen

      4. The varieties of handcut makeready
      a. Underlay
      b. Innerlay
      c. Overlay

      5. Makeready for relief blocks and photopolymer images
      a. The De Vinne method
      b. The Hoch method
      c. A review of Elementary, High School, and Trade
      School methods
      d. The plastic tympan versus conventional oiled manila
      typmpan
      e. Position of makeready in the packing

      6. Makeready for handset type, Monotype and Linotype
      a. Is makeready necessary or is it poorly set type?
      b. Overcoming deficient composition
      c. Soft versus hard packing: rubber and copper
      d. Longevity of the makeready

      7. Exploration of problems of makeready
      a. Student examples
      b. Expedients, tricks, and risks
      c. When is makeready unnecessary?


      Bibliography of Class Texts:

      Cleeton, Glen and Charles W. Pitkin, General Printing
      (Bloomington, Ill.: 1953)

      Hoch, Fred W., Handbook for Pressmen (NY, 1948).

      Ganderson, Vernon S., Proof and Platen Presses
      (London, 1954).
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