Helping Peter Braune and the gang at New Leaf Editions bind up copies of a book they're publishing, Getting to Know You. They raised funds for the project on Indiegogo last spring; see some info and images here.
Copies are being cased in printed paper over boards. Since New Leaf is primarily an etching studio, and the book contains etchings, I suggested they create some kind of intaglio-printed sheet for the case.
This they did, and the first copies were printed as etchings, i.e. the large copper plate inked, wiped, and printed on a sheet of (white) Arches Wove. But then, just because they like experimenting, they inked the plate with a roller, turning the intaglio plate into a relief plate, and printing the "etching" in reverse. Used a lovely blue ink. Looks great.
Copies of the book will be available from New Leaf later this summer.
Sorry kids, very busy week around here (though nothing terribly interesting from a printing perspective), so all I can offer up is a placeholder. Should have something meatier for next week. If not, there's always summer reruns...
I have sort-of & semi-reluctantly decided to try finding the HM handpress a new home, so that I can get a slightly smaller one. I worry that this is like a ballplayer abandoning a proven & reliable glove, with all the potential for ensuing bad luck. But the current move & redesign of the studio makes the timing right.
The HM press is an Ostrander-Seymour extra heavy. The bed measures about 20 x 26 inches. Far as we know, those are the original colors. The tympan is original, the frisket was made for me.
It's a fantastic press that has printed over three dozen books for HM. The size is great for printing folios or broadsides, or printing octavos four-up. I feel disloyal offering it up, but I also like to keep life as light as possible. The O-S weighs about 2,000 lbs, with the frame making up about half of that. The buyer will have to arrange for shipping if required.
I also have a small, restored bookpress that needs a home. I rescued it from a junk shop last year. The collar that attached the screw to the platen was broken, so I had a new one made. The platen's about 10 x 8 inches. A useful nipping press.
Last & least, I'm finally getting rid of a tiny Adana 3 x 5 that I've never used. Rollers are new, everything's in great shape. Why would I use a little thing like this when I have an Ostrander-Seymour? But if you want them both, I'll throw the Adana in free. Send a note to the address in the profile at right if you want more info or images.