Category: Things we do

Walnut Ink Shrinkage

Several years ago I made a batch of walnut ink. We’ve had a 500ml bottle of this sitting near our desk since then. Over the years the bottle has collapsed from a vacuum forming inside, and I finally decided to

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The National Arts Drive

It is slightly late notice, but this Saturday, June 6th postponed to Saturday, June 20th 2020, something called the National Arts Drive, a sort of drive-by studio tour, will take place across North America. We will be participating in this,

US Display Mat Holder Insert Handle replacement

The Monotype composition caster uses various holders to position the matrix (which has the shape of the letter to cast cut into it) properly over the cavity of the mould. These are installed in the caster instead of a diecase

Marbling photos online

We’ve finally taken photos of our stock of marbled paper, at least the larger sheet sizes, and posted them in our Products section. Hopefully we can keep this reasonably up to date as we do more marbling and sell them.

2020 Wayzgoose Anthology

Well, this year’s Wayzgoose in Grimsby had to be cancelled because, well, you know why… But the Anthology was still produced! We haven’t received our copy yet (I asked the GPAG to hold it for now rather than paying to

Mobility Cradle for a Vandercook 320 Press

Some time ago, we acquired a Vandercook 320 proof press in need of some repair. So far, about all I’ve done is clean off years of dried ink under the location of the inkplate and chase out the mouse nest

Challenge Proof Press dead-bar stops

As with most proof presses, for quick printing jobs where absolute alignment is not essential the type on the bed of our Challenge MA-15 press is usually locked up lengthwise using the quick lockup bar supplied with the press. This

Pigment testing

We’re running low on the stock of some of our pigments. As is often the case for us, we purchase such products so rarely that information from the last purchase is essentially useless. The supplier has almost certainty purged any

Papermaking Workshop March 28th cancelled

We have cancelled the papermaking workshop we had scheduled for March 28th as part of general efforts to reduce the speed of transmission of COVID-19. Most of the participants who had signed up either felt they were part of a

42nd Grimsby Wayzgoose cancelled

Unfortunately, the upcoming Wayzgoose scheduled to be held at the end of April at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery has been cancelled. This is part of efforts to reduce the spread of COVIDS-19. Although the threat of this disease might

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