2015 Workshops

Windmill Operation and Maintenance with Jim Daggs: Two separate classes will teach you (almost) everything you’ve ever wanted to know about owning and operating these sweet German presses, from moving and restoring to registering and troubleshooting. Demonstration time plus hands-on printing time will bring you, and the press, up to speed in no time!

Windmill Demonstrations with Peter Fraterdeus: watch master printer Peter Fraterdeus set up and run a Heidelberg Windmill. Pose your questions as they arise in these informative sessions! Note: two separate demos will be held on Thursday–sign up for either one.

Presswork Strategies with Fritz Klinke and Paul Moxon: This workshop will review routine maintenance and common failure points on Vandercook proof presses. It will then focus on presswork problem solving inking, packing, lock up and registration for all varieties of forms including scoring and die cutting. Bravely bring examples of your worst printing to critique in class. We can test your own problematic ink, plate or paper.

Poster Printing with Rick Von Holdt: A one-day workshop that will start with general design; participants will be provided with a wide range of samples that they can study for ideas and inspiration. All of the type at Printers’ Hall will also be available to them as well as additional fonts of wood type/borders/ornaments that those attending can use for their designs. Their posters will be set-up in galleys and then printed on either one of Printers’ Hall’s handpresses or Vandercooks.

Printing on the Iron Handpress with Sara McNally: This will be a crash course in printing on the iron handpress, showcasing the unique aspects to printing on this historic press! Topics we’ll cover will include: general printing tips for the specific press we’ll be using, printing in multiple colors with one pull, rainbow roll and other hand inking techniques, indirect printing with paper cuts, dampening paper, setting type/linoleum cuts/wood engravings, etc., setting type in atypical configurations, renegade lock-ups, controlled inking, use of roller bearers, printing with photopolymer plates on the iron handpress, etc.

Die-Cutting on Platen Presses with Kathryn Hunter: Take the mystery out of die cutting! This class will discuss: preparing illustrations and digital files for dies, ordering dies, set-up on a platen press and materials needed, the process of die cutting, and more. As a bonus, we will die-cut pieces that you will then be able to assemble and take away as a keepsake.

Cutting Wood Type with Scott Moore: A three-hour, hands-on workshop on the history, process, and design of wood type. Emphasis will be placed on participants using a small-line pantograph to experience the actual process of cutting their own wood type. An assortment of historically inspired wood patterns will be provided, along with other patterns. Assorted sizes of type high end grain hard maple type blocks will be provided as well. Participants will take home information about wood type and a piece of wood type they cut themselves. This is a hands-on class with a one-hour lecture, and will include samples and type specimen books to examine, and at least two hours of type cutting as a group. Additional time on the pantograph can be arranged as needed.

Linotype and Intertype Introduction with Tim Faye: This workshop will address various aspects of Linotype or Intertype acquisition, operation and maintenance. Participants will examine the various advantages (and disadvantages) of hot metal linecasting. Attendees can bring copy they would like to set on one of the facility’s machines.

Objet TrouvĂ© Letterpress with Arie Koelewyn: This class will show you how to use found objects to add a little fun to your printing projects. The kinds of objects you can use in a platen press is extensive, and often, inexpensive. You’ll cover the basic requirements for successful found object printing, how to mount your found objects type-high, and how to work around challenges that may arise during the printing process. You’ll also cover where you can find things to print with and maybe send you out on a short shopping expedition in Mt. Pleasant. Finally, we will design and print, using found objects, some cards you can send to your friends and make them wish they’d come to Type on the Cob 2015!

Platen Press Cards and Coasters with Sarah McCoy: Students will print an edition of greeting cards and coasters with Polymer Plates on a C&P. This will give beginners an understanding of how to set up a platen press and run a larger edition of two-color greeting cards. You’ll also have fun creating a coaster edition.

Thermography! with Bill Allan and Maryann Humphrey

Woodtype Experimental Printmaking on Dampened Paper or How John Baskerville Squeezed the Life out of Printing and How We Can Bring it Back with Peter Fraterdeus: This workshop is about water: water and cellulose, and how adding water to paper changes the nature of the paper and the impression. Whether it’s wood type, end-grain boxwood, photopolymer, foundry type or found-objects, the true spirit of letterpress and relief printing comes through on a rag stock appropriately dampened. Printing with wood types on dampened paper brings out the best in each! Experimental inking, stenciling, overlays, and other techniques encourage the artist’s expressive nature to evolve with a series of prints, each slightly different, yet related to the prior and subsequent impressions.

Ludlow Operation and Maintenance with Gregory J. Walters: The Ludlow Typograph is the most versatile hot metal typecaster, and also the easiest to acquire and maintain. It can cast lines of type as small as 6 pt. and as large as 96 point. Individual letters can be cast up to 144 point. In today’s letterpress world, the Ludlow isn’t much use to the computer-designed wedding invitation printer, but it can be a huge help to poster printers. You never run out of sorts with a Ludlow. Students will learn to set and cast lines of type: roman, italic, and script, in large and small sizes. Specimen books will be available to show the range of typefaces made for the Ludlow. Advice will be given on how to find and acquire a machine or matrices. Regular maintenance procedures will be demonstrated, but this workshop will mainly have to do with operation rather than maintenance. Finally, if the right equipment can be acquired, we will revive the long-lost practice of hot metal pasteup.