An all around great blog for all things paper, Paper Crave gave us a nice shout out last week. Thanks Kristen!
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
Would anyone planning to attend the National Stationery Show in May like to blog about their experiences before, during, and after? Joy of flybird press has kindly offered to do so, and welcomes other insights as well. Let me know, and I'll make sure your posts get featured on the main page.
Friday, February 20, 2009
And just to keep it printing related, the ca. 6" tall Baltimore 11:
I cannot tell which is more adorable. Is that why so many of us combine puppies and printing?
Next week: much business advice, ink-savers in the print shop, and how to fix the C+P rail-height problem from Michael at Interrobang. Have a nice weekend!
So last week at this time, we were taking a printing break in sunny Austin, Texas, where my mom was getting ready to run her 31st marathon (go Ma!). Yeah, that's a picture of 75 degrees in February. Austin is a great place to live and work--that's where I got my first job making plates for a printer who's been at work since before many of us were born--and it's also home to many fine archives, engravers, bookbinders, and printers. Here are a few faves--feel free to add your own!
Horsemuffin is owned by Gwendolyn Rice, who combines printing and glass to make fabulous objets. Her 3-D work is unique, too.
Many printers we know have gotten their footing at Flatbed Press, a great place to take classes and get inky with other printers. Take a class this spring and it's professional development for next year's taxes! [not real tax advice--go ask your accountant to make sure. :) ]
Effing Press focus is books, but they also do commercial printing. Relatively new to the wider and wider world of letterpress is Vertallee, a husband, wife, and Heidelberg team. Check out their great blog, too.
Finally, what would a list like this be without a printer of band posters. Rural Rooster prints, designs, and makes websites, too.
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
There are two sources for cotton that Crane's uses to make all of its 100% cotton "Commercial" (not to be confused with Currency) papers: 1) Trimmings and 2) Linters
1) Trimmings are the left-over scrap from the textile industry after, say, a 100% cotton undershirt has been stamped out.
2) Linters are the small group of fibers that are connected to the cotton seed which are removed after ginning. The cotton seeds are sold to be pressed for cotton seed oil--we are able to remove those small fibers from the seed and use those for paper making.
In either case, these are materials that would otherwise make their way into the landfills. Since they technically never passed though a consumer's hands, they cannot be considered "Post Consumer" under government guidelines. They are, however, reclaimed materials and under any "rational" thinking would be considered "recycled." Our brethren in the wood paper market caused a stir back in the beginning of the "recycled" movement when they would run up huge inventories of offset and such papers. They would then take the overage and use it as "broke" stock in which they would turn it back into pulp to be used for other paper. (A common practice throughout the paper industry). What they did though is then call the paper from this "broke" stock "recycled," which caused the Government to step in and say that it must first pass through a consumer's hands.
Sounds green to me . . .
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
From the PaperSpecs newsletter, a paper option for your arsenal:
Cordenons has issued a new swatchbook for its recently launched felt-marked Canaletto Grana Grossa.
The stock is available in four weights (85 lb. text, 60 lb. cover, 78 lb. cover and 111 lb cover); one color, Bianco (white); and one sheet size (27.6 " x 39.4"). Canaletto Grana Grossa contains 20 percent cotton and 80 percent elemental chlorine-free wood-free primary pulp.
During the paper making process the long cotton fibers bond and securely intertwine creating paper with exceptional strength for the most demanding of printing techniques such as letterpress, engraving and thermography as well as traditional offset printing.
It is also suitable for diecutting, foil stamping, embossing and laminating as well. This elegant, cotton-enhanced paper is luxurious to the touch and visually has a natural lasting brightness and crisp purity.
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
I'll post good pieces of info from the Listserv here from time to time, too.
To subscribe, send an email (no subject) that reads SUBSCRIBE LETPRESS to LISTSERV@listserv.unb.ca. To keep the deluge of messages in check, you can subscribe in a digest, so you get one big email every day--send a message that says SET LETPRESS DIGEST to the same address.
Friday, February 6, 2009
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
The paper cutter may be the most important piece of equipment in your shop. In the dark, early days of our shop, we drove reams of paper to a sympathetic offset shop three blocks away, and they duly cut all our super thick cotton stuff down to whatever strange sizes we needed--and we picked up the tab for the blade sharpening. Eventually, this got old. In about a year. And, just in time, a cutter became available--not the one here, but a Triumph 5250A, and we've never looked back. It's not terribly industrial, but it still feels like a luxury to be able to cut our own paper. I've heard from many other new printers that the cutter is sort of an afterthought: they're not sexy, they're not old, they don't print anything . . . and, maybe just as importantly, modern, electric ones don't often come with the old shop you're getting for pennies on the dollar. This one was mentioned on the Letpress Listserv last week, and it seems like a good, compact, option for a small shop. And apparently used ones are all over the Internets. What's your cutter story?
Monday, February 2, 2009
Well, it's cold and icy outside the shop--inside it's a balmy 62 degrees. Brrr. A venerable printer in Silverton, CO has said that 72 is preferable for man and machine, and I'd have to agree, but being chilly gives me a chance to stand by the heater and poke around the web a little. Doing so led me here--a great site with an even greater printing bibliography. The intro alone is worth shutting the presses down for a minute.
Thanks to all of you who have joined already--coming this week, a great small paper cutter, a featured small press of the week, and more.