The Bite of Metal and the Smell of Ink: The art, craft and design of traditional printing renewed

The bite of metal and the smell of ink: The art, craft and design of traditional printing renewed

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Article by Larry Thompson
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pulled my first letterpress proof–a brief quote from Hamlet composed of hand-set lead type–on Margaret Lock’s Vandercook SP-15 flat-bed proofing press during a workshop in 2003. I seem to recall being rather nervous, and for good reason, having just acquired a vintage Vandercook press of my own. It was an unaccustomed leap of faith. …