In February, I completed the Cylinder Core Curriculum at the SF Center for the Book. We practicing setting type, working with a pica ruler, pulling proofs, locking up the type in the Vandercook press beds, inking, adjusting the rollers...
This is the second time that I have attended the CODEX Biennial Book Fair and Symposium, and again, I came away having learned more valuable information about book arts and collecting.
Pedigree of a Vandercook Press: Below are some photos of how my new Vandercook Universal III was carefully crated and shipped from the fine arts press of Stephen F. Austin State University. It arrives this Friday.
I have purchased a 1971 Vandercook Universal III with an adjustable bed.
From this first experiment in using a tabletop platen press, I learned that the use of the ink itself is going to be a critical skill to learn just like making and using paste is in bookbinding.
Two weeks ago I took my annual California Rare Book School course up at UC Berkeley. I’m slowly working towards a Professional Certificate in Rare Books and Manuscripts. This year’s course was entitled "Printing at the Margins: The History of Women Printers" and taught by Kathleen Walkup, a Master Printer and Professor at the Mills College Book Art Program.