Category: Things we do

Upcoming Summer Papermaking Workshops

We’ve (finally) selected a couple of dates for our Introductory Papermaking workshop this summer. The first, admittedly on very short notice, is on Saturday June 24th, and the other is about a month later on Saturday July 22nd. Both workshops

Monotype Composition Caster Pot Temperature Controller

Over the past few months, I’ve had to replace the old Partlow temperature controller on the pot of my Monotype Composition Caster. On my caster the old mechanical controller has failed; each time I ran the caster I found that

An Excellent Film for English Monotype Operators

That is, for people who operate an English Monotype Composition Caster (as opposed to the American Lanston Monotype machine). Even more specifically, given the mix of English and American equipment now in use, for users of English composition moulds. There

Progress on the Mackenzie Printery’s Linotype (Lower Reed Comb)

This is yet another repair I had to make on the Linotype at the MacKenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum. The keyboard assembly has a row of 91 short pushrods, known as the Lower Reeds, which push up when a key

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Linotype Knife Block R&R

The knife block on the Linotype at the Mackenzie Printery Museum was pretty much impossible to adjust due to dried out lubricant. This block controls the position of the right knife which trims the thickness of the cast slug to

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Progress on the Mackenzie Printery’s Linotype (Broken Upper Reed)

One of the tasks I had in getting the Linotype at the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum working was to repair one of the keyboard reeds which I had broken (I blame the service manual for failing to warn of

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Monotype Repairs: An Enclosure for a New Pot Temperature Controller

While using my Monotype Composition Caster recently, I’ve noticed that the pot temperature has been drifting. On several occasions I’ve found it to be quite a bit hotter than the setpoint, to the point where I had to select a

2023 Grimsby Wayzgoose, April 29th

The 45th Grimsby Wayzgoose Book Arts Fair will take place at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery in Grimsby, Ontario, from 9am to 5pm on Saturday, April 29th 2023. We will have a table at the show, selling some of our

Air Compressor for the Monotype Caster

I’ve been using a compact air compressor to run my Monotype Composition Caster. The machine uses pneumatics to control what matrix it casts, when to start a new line, how wide to make the adjustable-width casts, etc. Originally the caster

Adjusting the Second Transfer on a Linotype

Continuing my work on the Linotype line caster at the Mackenzie Printery and Newspaper Museum, this weekend I adjusted the second transfer alignment, where the matrices are transferred from the second elevator to the distributor bar. On at least two

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