Letterpress process in pictures

Letterpress process in pictures

Interrobang Letterpress posted some lovely and illuminating photos of their letterpress printing process to the MAKE Flickr pool. I was trained as a printing and ran a shop for years (in the late ’70s). Trained in offset lithography, and ever-the-futurist, I turned my nose up at quaint tech like letterpress. Oh how times and aesthetics change. Now I’m utterly charmed by letterpress and would kill for one of the presses, the type drawers, and all the trappings of this dying art.

Interrobang Letterpress site

2 thoughts on “Letterpress process in pictures

  1. Ben Rodrick says:

    There is something completely unique and highly textured about this form of printing. Really encouraging to see other enthusiasts working it.

    I’m very interested in making the process more compact for logo types and letterheads that can be applied from a home workshop. Looking for any tips you can offer! I have access to lazercutting and CNC milling tooling for the block construction, just need to know details of pressure, inks etc.

    Any help or advise is valued highly,

    Many thanks,
    Benjamin Rodrick

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. His free weekly-ish maker tips newsletter can be found at garstipsandtools.com.

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