Category: Printing

the Papertrail on local TV

CKCO-TV (aka CTV Southwestern Ontario) recently did an item on the Papertrail for their Made Right Here series which features area businesses that have interesting products or services. The 3-minute item was broadcast April 28th 2018, but is also available

Posted in Challenge MA15 Proof Press, Marbling, Moulds and Deckles, Presses, Printing, Sheet forming, Sigwalt Chicago No 11, Things we do, Us, Vats

Estimating Dry Weight of Composition Material

While trying to remelt some old composition rollers recently, I found that some of the material wouldn’t melt. Neither higher temperatures nor additional water helped. All I ended up with was a lumpy soup, from which I strained the lumps

Posted in Composition ink rollers, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Testing Equipment

Casting Composition Brayer Rollers—the Motion Picture

I’ve posted on YouTube a video of near-epic length showing my bumbling through the casting of some small composition rollers for a Kelsey hand brayer. The rollers are about 6×1⅜″ on a ¼″ core. I had originally intended to re-melt

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A Little Printing Job

Last October I was printing some “Save the Date” cards for a customer, and decided to take a video of the work. It only too me 8 months to edit the clips into a single video, but, after much delay,

Posted in C&P Old Style 7×11, Kevin, Printing

Glycerin Specific Gravity

Today I used my pycnometer and precision scale to measure the specific gravity of the glycerin which we sell and which I use when I’m trying out recipes for home-made composition rollers. I started taking a video of this procedure

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Some observations on home-made composition rollers

In a post about two years ago concerning our then-newly-acquired Kelsey press I mentioned that I had made my own composition rollers for it. Someone had inquired about how I made these, and it has taken me this long to

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Quick Roller Diameter Gauge

In letterpress printing it is often necessary to check the diameter of various rollers in the press. In general the rollers that transfer ink eventually to the forme have to be of a consistent diameter so that the ink is

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Our New Baby!

Through a Kijiji ad, we found that the Goodwill store in London ON had a small press for sale. We finally had to chance to go have a look at it (it helped that the London Lee Valley store was

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Another Wayzgoose is History

Last Saturday the 36th annual Wayzgoose was held at the Grimsby Public Library and Art Gallery in Grimsby, Ontario. We were fortunate to have our sale table right next to the front door so we didn’t miss any visitors. Lily

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Last week’s time suck

Last week was March Break, and Audrey and Lily flew to Calgary to visit Granny. I took the opportunity to do a few home improvement projects (replacing a bathroom sink, putting up a knife holder in the kitchen, and installing

Posted in C&P Old Style 7×11, Grimsby Wayzgoose, Kevin, Printing, Type Casting, Type Setting