Print­ing process

The Shed - - Handprinti­ng -

The print­ing process on the Al­bion press has re­mained largely un­changed since the late 1430s when Johannes Guten­berg in­tro­duced his revo­lu­tion­ary sys­tem of print­ing that al­lowed the mass pro­duc­tion of books. Tara uses the Al­bion par­tic­u­larly when he is work­ing on jobs with large point­size fonts. He demon­strates the ba­sic steps in these pho­tos.

1 Mix­ing the ink with the pal­let knife


2 Hand ink­ing the print­ing block

5 Wind­ing the block un­der the press

3 Plac­ing the pa­per on the block of type, en­sur­ing that it is cor­rectly po­si­tioned so ev­ery­thing lines up

4 Clos­ing the tym­pan

7 Lift­ing the printed sheet

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