Category: Letterpress

Yes! Another Press!

We recently acquired a Vandercook 320 in somewhat rough shape. I plan on fixing it up and we will probably sell it because it is bigger than what we need (we think). Alternatively we might sell our Challenge MA-15 instead.

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Mystery Parts, Printing presses, Us

A Chase for our Sigwalt Press

We received our Sigwalt Chicago No. 11 press with no chase so it has been sitting collecting dust for a while. I recently cobbled together a chase from a scrap of the ¾″-thick high-density polyethylene (HDPE) sheet we use to

Posted in Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Letterpress, Sigwalt Chicago No 11, Us

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

Monotype Computer Control: Diagnosing Air Flow Problems

One observation I have made while testing out my Monotype composition caster computer interface is that not all its ports deliver the same amount of air flow. On some, the air pin in the caster lifts and drops crisply in

Posted in Caster Computer Control, Kevin

Monotype Computer Control: A Long Overdue Update

My last post about this project was over a year ago, wherein I mentioned that I had purchased the aluminum stock to make the main parts of the valve unit. A lot has happened since then, to the point where

Posted in American Typecasting Fellowship, Caster Computer Control, Kevin, Other people Tagged with: ,

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

Now I know…

…why the Monotype manuals say not to raise or lower the pot unless it is molten. They never explained why this could cause any problems, and the pump piston linkage is jointed enough to follow the pot up and down

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

It’s Getting Real

I actually went out and purchased some aluminum stock for making the computer control valve for my Monotype. That’s a piece of 1″ aluminum square bar which will make the mouthpiece that fits against the air holes in the caster’s

Posted in Caster Computer Control, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin

An Interem Solution to the Pneumatic Valves Problems

This week I’ve been occupied with (finally) putting away all the display mats I bought last year at the Anderson and Skyline matrix auctions. They have been cluttering up the shop since last summer with their variety of packaging. I

Posted in Caster Computer Control, Equipment Acquisition, Repair, and Maintenance, Kevin, Matrix Making, Monotype Composition Caster Tagged with:

Matrix Making: Handling Ink Gain

Letterpress printing has a property called “ink gain” where the inked area left on the printed sheet is a tiny bit larger than the type used to do the printing. Because of this, when designing type (which includes designing the

Posted in Gorton 3U Pantograph, Kevin, Matrix Making

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