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          Tour de Lead Graffiti 2015
S T A G E   2 1 :
          Sèvres-Grand Paris Seine Ouest > Paris Champs-Élysées | 107 km

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In 2 words :
  "and the winners are ..."

. . .

Start time today : 6:02am

Completed : 10:58pm

Time today : 16 hours : 56 minutes

Time to date : 383 hours : 28 minutes

Runs today: 2 - yellow halftone dots made from handy box dots and oak dowels we cut for this image; black for list of winners

Runs to date : 92

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The day's story

Today's poster is not about the stage, but about the race.

Overall this was a fabulous Tour. We had to watch almost 80 hours to see all of the great moments, but we saw every one of them. There were some great stages with efforts that are now making the riders national heroes. Teams got up this morning planning on 2016.

But for the moment these are the names inscribed in places like Alpe d'Huez, Col du Glandon, and the Champs-Élysées.

Tour de France 2015

Stages: 21
Teams: 22
Riders: 160 out of 198 finished (kind of low)
Distance: 3,360 kilometers / 2,088 miles
Time; 84 hours 46 minutes 14 seconds
Stage 21 winner: André Greipel
Yellow Jersey winner: Chris Froome
    2nd place overall: Nairo Quintana
    3rd place overall: Alejandro Valverde
Green Jersey (sprinters): Peter Sagan
Mountain Jersey (King of the Mountains): Chris Froome
White Jersey (best rider under 26): Nairo Quintana
Super Combative: Romain Bardet
Team: Movistar

Ann Lemon was today's collaborator and she always brings something kind of odd to the table.

A halftone? What? Why? Because we can.

We'll give it a try. We used some dots that we have in what are called "Handy Boxes." But for all of the larger dots they are pieces of oak dowels we bought at Home Depot. Jill and Ann finished locking up the dots around 7:15 when we went to dinner.

Yellow and black were the colors of the day.

Printing details

Signatures : Ray Nichols, Jill Cypher, Tray Nichols, Ann Lemon

Size : 14.5" x 22.5"

Stock : Somerset Textured White 300 gsm

Main typography : metal - Melior

Production notes : handset wood & metal type. The stage details and signature block were preprinted using Boxcar photopolymer plates.

Press : Vandercook Universal III

Images from Stage

Profile of today's stage

Above: Stage 21 desserts at the Glass Kitchen. The waitresses there like us so much we got two orders of personally baked French (nice idea) Toast on top of the desserts we ordered. We definitely have to get this project finished.

Ann came with the idea of halftoning an photographic image. We figure out we might be able to do it with dowels cut to the right length.

Those of you reading this who print via letterpress are probably thinking, "Why not make a photopolymer plate?" I an think of two reasons right off the top of my head.

• It is 9:00 on a Sunday morning. "Hmmm. I wonder if Boxcar is open."

• "What's the fun in that?"

We love trying to figure out how to do something you don't know how to do.

There a bunch of riders who couldn't possibly win a stage in the Tour de France dreaming about winning a stage in the Tour de France. "What about...?" We can do that.

Above: We found an image of Chris Froome and converted it to grey scale.

Above: Using Photoshop we coverted the image to a large dot halftone screen and printed it out the size we thought we wanted.

Jill and Ann went to Home Depot and bought 4 different sizes of oak dowels. Tray had set our lead saw as accurately to 0.918" as he could. Tray cut a couple dozen of each size and they were off and halftoning.

Above: Partially assembled halftone.

Above: A close-up for a better idea of how it came together. We weren't worried about trying to be exact, just close.

You can see the printout of the halftoned image above. It is under a sheet of tracing paper to help us slide it out easily when the lockup is finished. The lockup would be pretty heavy.

Above: Just making a couple of minor adjustments and ramming in a few more pieces of spacing.

Above: The ladies had some of our plastic spacing boxes out for ready access.

Above: One last photo before we remembered that we still had the last run from yesterday on the press. Hurray for rubber-based ink. Actually, it is one of the major reasons we use it.

Above: The first print going through the press.

Above: The lockup with color.

Above: A nice photo of Ann looking on.

Above: Jill loves taking these low angle shots.

Above: Cleaning up the halftone run.

Above: Trying to figure out how to get the text we set for the winners to get on the page without overprinting the signature block. Turned out to be harder than we thought. As we said in an earlier poster, "It looked easier on paper."

Above: A nice ink shot.

Above: Jill's draw-downs for the colors. We went with the two outside colors.

Above: Ray and Ann printing the second run.

Above: Taking the sheet off with the next one in position ready to go. Our Vandercook Universal III is on "run."

Print 23 posters in 23 days taking almost 400 hours with watching TV and eating dessert every day. Yep, mark that off our list of things to do.