Thursday, December 17, 2015
Printshop holiday -- typesetting!
Our local Portland Museum has been doing a series of exhibits on books and printing and as a grand finale, got a grant for a two-day workshop where a small group of us got to do our own printing. When I heard about it I jumped at the opportunity to hand-set some type and put it on the press.
When I was in journalism school in the 60s we were required to hand-set type in a fabulous shop that held the personal type collection of Frederic Goudy, the master type designer who bequeathed all his stuff to Syracuse University. I am heartbroken to report that the University subsequently threw most of it away. Perhaps you have run into some of Goudy's typefaces in your travels; the standard Word array includes Goudy Old Style, a classic Roman face. But I digress.
Our workshop leader was Gray Zeitz, who runs the Larkspur Press, a fine printing operation just up the road from us. Here he is setting type and operating the Vandercook press.