Broadside, Fine Press, future projects, Letterpress, Linotype, literature, Michael Delp, The Mad Angler's Manifesto
I’ve know Michael Delp for many years now and have admired his writing so when I became aware of his new series of Mad Angler poems I knew I had to finally get a project together with him. I know I’ve been doing a fair amount of trout related themes here in the shop latey – bare with me, I know it is an affliction of some sort – I’ve some Oscar Wilde in the works as well to please the non afflicted lovers of fine books and print.
The Mad Angler’s Manifesto is a longish poem, far to many words to hand set from the case as I would quickly run out of sorts (individual pieces of type) in a large size that usually is only used for headlines or titles. So for the past week I had been experimenting with something new on my Linotype and attempted to cast 24pt faces on an advertising mold. I’m happy to say that after some initial fiddling it has been a great success. As the Linotype is only able to cast 30 pica lines (5 inches) many of the lines of the poem had to be pieced together from multiple slugs into 50 pica lines – further complicated by only having 2 matrices for the letter “h”.
Then the galley of slugs is brought over to the press room and proofed on the Vandercook.
After a couple corrections and the addition of leading, a title and a few other refinements another proof is made.
Next up is to finish the large linocut I’m working on to accompany the text. So far the specs are: 24pt Lydian with 144pt Americana title on a 18.5 x 26 inch sheet. More to come soon as I hope to have it done for this years Kerrytown Bookfest in Ann Arbor.
Deep Wood Press said:
I’ll keep you updated with progress Marian, glad to help George with his affliction. I’ll bet it was Larry running the press at Buckley, it’s always hot and the train depot is right across the lane so black coal smoke generally just rolls in the door given the usual wind direction. I prefer to go there when there aren’t 10,000 people there. I’ll look forward to seeing the latest carvings, feel free to put a link here.
Chad— I would like to purchase two for sure, maybe three. Not sure what your cost is. I’ve been married to my mad angler for 35 years. George would love this for a November anniversary gift. Also have brother& friend who would appreciate it. Went to Buckley Old Engine Show yesterday to check out their print shop. Beautiful old presses but just one harried guy running the Heidelberg. He really didn’t have much room for interaction. I sort of drooled over the machines and assorted furniture with a novice eye, not really understanding much of the process. It will be exciting to get your/ our press going. Hope your summer is going well. Thanks, Marian
Two of George’s latest carvings Spotted Sandpiper. Friends Judy & Jim’s CSA in Leelanau Co.
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