Sat, Apr 23, 10am - 6pm
Metal type composition and
tabletop letterpress printing
7 working hours plus lunch
10am - 6pm / $120.00 per attendee
(minimum of 3 attendees is required with a maximum of 5).
NOTE: Some workshops are reserved for groups. Be sure you are part of the group before registering.
Rental of our equipment for future personal projects requires the completion of the technical workshop for the equipment you are interested in using.
Metal Type Composition will introduce you to printing on the tabletop platen press as well as the time-honored techniques used in handsetting metal and wood type. This workshop is a good starting point for hobbyists or anyone interested in learning about letterpress basics. It's especially good for those who have access to a similar press or who are considering acquiring one.
Completing this workshop gives you rental access to studio time to work on personal projects using our table top presses and associated tools & equipment used in the workshop, as well as access to our considerable collection of wood & metal type. While you must supply your own paper or purchase from our existing stock, a reasonable amount of ink will be supplied at no charge.
All necessary materials will be supplied for the workshop. Wear comfortable shoes and work clothing and dress warmly during winter months.
- studio tour & press safety
- layout of the California job case
- using a composing stick
- handsetting type using leading & spacing materials
- type proofing & correcting
- locking up the form with furniture and quoins
- inking & press makeready
- printing & image quality
- press clean up
- redistributing type
- business cards & stationery
- postcards & greeting cards
- bookmarks & bookplates
- type specimen cards
- envelopes & paper bags
- small broadsides
Racks holding leading on top of three of our 20 cabinets of California job cases.
Composing sticks awaiting the weight of metal type and spacing material.
is the layout of the most common California Job case.
Across the globe there about 300 versions of this layout. In the
earliest days of letterpress the capital letters were held in one case
and the miniscules were held in one that was set under the capitals.
This is where our terms for uppercase and lowercase come from.
stick used to handset metal type
with a galley of a few lines of set type.
Printing a type specimen sheet registered in a Chandler & Price Pilot.