Deus Logos Ex-Press

This blog is an amalgamation of the ongoing escapades of the Last Word Books Friends & Family Printing Project. We've got an old Chandler & Price Platen Press from 1934(?) named Ampersand stuffed into the back of Last Word and three old Kelsey's at Hungry Hollow Farm. Soon we will be letterpressing local poetry broadsides, beer coasters, chapbooks, flyers, LP covers, cd covers, 'zines and whatever else we can come up with.


trial and error... and error... and error...

had an adventure at sky's farmhouse last night. along with printing a few more attempts at the business cards he designed, i had my first experience with type setting. as we are both novices, it took far longer than it should have. just when sky thought he had already troubleshot anything that could possibly go wrong, we had a new batch of setbacks to help hone our problem-solving skills! first, the rollers kept popping off of the press (note: the trucks are actually that important). next, we accidently put the paper-holding clip in the wrong spot, and chipped off a tiny bit of an "o." then we spent a good hour playing with furniture, tiny copper spacers, and seemingly "broken" quions and keys (note: turn the key counterclockwise. it works on the first try!). alas, our type had been set and it was time to print. the spacing was beautiful! the type was set tightly! the words were spaced nicely! the lines were... in the wrong order! (final note: while the individual letters need to be backwards and upside down, the lines also need to be organized in an order backwards of what you want) sky's camera is being cranky, so we could not take a picture of our slightly failed success, but imagine the signs painted on roads, so that one reads from the bottom up. that is what happened to our print. clean up was not too awful when there are two of us to help, but we are concerned with how many paper towels we use. does anyone have suggestions about a more environmentally friendly clean-up process when using oil-based, greasy printer's ink? i'm glad we're all equally awkward in learning this process, and someday we will look back and laugh!


Blogger sky said...

stop it! we're supposed to make it sound like we know what we're doing!

8:06 AM  

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