Month: April 2015

Cleaning and refilling the Monotype pot

For the casting job I have coming up I want to use Monotype medium alloy (74/10/16% Pb/Sn/Sb) rather than the softer Linotype alloy (84/4/12%) currently in the pot, which I was using to cast spacing. To do this, I got

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster, Type Casting

Grimsby Wayzgoose this Saturday!

This Saturday, April 25th 2015, will see the 37th annual Wayzgoose book arts fair take place at the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery. We will have a table there, apparently in the adjacent Carnegie Commons building, where we will

Posted in Grimsby Wayzgoose, Past Events, Us

Warning! Bad (but possibly original) Pun!

Dr. Fleming is walking down the street one day and bumps into an old friend of his. “My dear Alex!” exclaims his friend, “How are things going?” “Well, you know,” Fleming replies, “Same mold, same mold!”  

Posted in Humour

More store rearranging

This week we had to get a fresh bale of bleached abaca pulp down from the upper tier of the racking in our store. This meant clearing a path for the forklift, which in turn meant moving almost everything. We

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Thompson British Platen Press

Oh, Carp!

Our property backs onto Alder Creek, which drains some of the area southwest of Kitchener and empties into the Nith River at Ayr. A bit upstream of us, an earth dam forms Alder Lake. There is a spot near us

Posted in Fauna, Kevin

Linen Thread

Every now and then someone asks us how thick our linen thread is, or whether it is the same as some other thread they have used. Our thread sizes are specified by two numbers separated by a slash, such as

Posted in Things we sell

Will the real Swing Bold please step forward

I’m getting ready to cast some 18-point Swing Bold (Monotype #217) for someone and I’ve found that my test casts don’t match the samples I received for alignment matching. Each group of 3 letters shows the alignment sample between two

Posted in Font Casting, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Lily’s contribution to the collection at THEMUSEUM

Yesterday evening Lily and I were at the monthly Maker Club meeting at THEMUSEUM in Kitchener. This month’s project was to make air-powered rockets using foam pipe insulation for the fuselage and boxboard for the rest. They had two launchers

Posted in Kevin, Lily, Maker Club

American pump on an English caster? Nope!

As part of test-fitting the parts for lead-and-rule casting, I found that there is a critical size difference between the American and English pump bodies. Both these pumps take a ⅞″ diameter piston. The section of the pump that the

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster

Converting the Composition Caster to Lead-and-Rule casting

One thing I would like to be able to do with my Monotype Composition Caster is to cast spacing and rule. There is a kit of parts required to make the change-over, and I now have most of the necessary

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Monotype Composition Caster