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Repairing our old Ironer (Mangle)

We have a near-antique Easy brand ironer (also known as a mangle). This has a cloth-covered roller and a heated platen that presses against it, and it would have originally been used for ironing (typically) large items like bedsheets. We

A Pump Stroke Counter for the Monotype Caster

I recently installed a pump stroke counter on my Monotype Composition caster, which will prove very useful when casting spacing and fonts of display type (fonts of composition type can be produced using the paper ribbon or computer interface). The

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BOUND Book Arts Fair, December 8th 2019 in Toronto

The Papertrail will be participating in the third edition of the BOUND Book Arts Fair, on Sunday, December 9th, 2019. The fair will be held from 11am to 5 pm in the Arts and Letters Club, 14 Elm Street (a

Updated listing of available handset type

I just brought home a large lot of new (to me) matrices, mostly Lanston display matrices, and I’ve updated our list of available fonts to include these. Many of these fill in gaps in the sizes for faces already offered,

Howard Iron Works Print Expo & Fair 2019

This September marks the second year for the Howard Iron Works Print Expo & Fair, which will take place at Howard Iron Works, 800 Westgate Road, Oakville Ontario, on Saturday, September 28th 2019, from 10am to 4pm. Admission to the

Introductory Papermaking Workshop, Tuesday July 9th

We’re holding another of our Introductory Papermaking workshops on Tuesday, July 9th, 2019, running from 9am to 4pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) at our store in New Dundee. At the workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of making paper

Wayzgoose 2019 has come and gone (oops!)

We’ve been lax in posting to our blog lately, to the point of forgetting to announce the 2019 Wayzgoose in Grimsby, Ontario! This event took place at the Grimsby Public Art Gallery and Library last Saturday, April 27th. Despite the

Introductory Papermaking Workshop, May 25th 2019

We’ve tentatively scheduled another of our Introductory Papermaking workshops for Saturday, May 25th, 2019, running from 9am to 4pm (with a 1-hour lunch break) at our store in New Dundee. At the workshop, you’ll learn about the basics of making

Monotype Computer Control: Diagnosing Air Flow Problems 2

After about a year and a half of ignoring the project, I’m starting again to work on my computer-driven interface for the Monotype Composition Caster. When I left off I was diagnosing problems with the ports having inconsistent air flow

Typewriters at the Bound Book Arts Fair

Last Sunday we had a sale table at the 2018 BOUND Book Arts Fair, and in addition to all the vendors there Martin Howard, a collector of antique typewriters, had some of his collection on display. Martin has a web

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