Tuesday, 5 October 2010

class trip






Last Saturday I visited Don Black Linecasting as part of a trip that Akemi Nishidera from Kozo Studio kindly organized for her class. I've usually been there on my own but when I saw the invite, I quickly cleared my Saturday morning and decided to tag along. It's a little bit of a different experience to go with people who are just as passionate about letterpress. Harmonious "ooh's" and "ahh's" periodically came from myself and the other visitors as we passed by and inspected presses and type. Craig, Don's son, was on hand and answered all of our questions. He even demoed the hot foil machine which was always a mystery to me. On this particular visit, Craig had on display a variety of presses from Heidelberg's, Pearls, mini Kelseys, Showcards, and the biggest table top platen press I've ever seen. That's the blue one above with a chase measuring at 9 x 12, the Golding Official from 1913!

I had my wallet securely in tact and somehow didn't make any purchases. I was just happy to be around presses and folks who were deeply interested in Don Black's collection of all things letterpress. More photos here.

6 comments:

small caps said...

Wow, I wish I could go there for a trip. Interesting, Don Black is so famous, that I heard of this shop through many people here in Germany...
Nice flickr-set!

Christine Gittings said...

Your photos are great! I realized when I got home that I didn't take a lot of photos...I think I was just a little too overwhelmed by it all.

Andrea said...

What fun! It's probably a good thing I don't live close.

Micheline said...

I love going to Don Black's. My favourite is the Intertype machine. It's truly a mechanical marvel. Your photos are brilliant. You made a really interesting but totally chaotic environment look interesting but so much tidier. That is no small feat given the the sheer volume of stuff compared to actual square footage. Nicely done.

amanda jane jones said...

looks like letterpress heaven...

Amanda said...

I love this place. It kinda reminds me of some sort of letterpress museum, know what i mean? OMG the mile high cabinets are my favourite. Wish I could have been there... maybe next time. Gotta get me some wood type, asap! :)

Love you photos by the way!

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