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Friday, February 06, 2009


I agree completely about proper makeready. Even on my old 8x12 with the bad rollers and trucks and using worn type I could get a reasonably good print by taking the time to do this. It still wasn't what I would call passable work because of the bad ink distribution but it taught me that makeready really does work and is worth the effort. I always clamp a sheet of bond or similar paper under the bottom bail with my topsheet. Then when I print my underlay sheet and stab through to register it I know I can attach it later onto that clamped sheet and it will be perfect since tat sheet won't have moved. Do you do that as well?

I know that a deep impression is the current marketable product when it comes to letterpress printing which personally I think is fine; one must put food on the table after all. On the other hand, and since I have the luxury of choice because my printing does not make up part of my income, I prefer a more traditional impression. I like to be able to very slightly feel the impression with the tips of my fingers with little to no punch-through on the back. All of that to say that I really liked and was impressed (no pun intended) at how you were able to get such nice print with such a large form for that press. It looks great!


Thanks Rich! I completely agree with you about impression. I like enough to know it's letterpress printed and that's it. This had really no impression, but I'm fine with that too. Now the invitations I did for my friend have major impression, but we used a plate and that's how she wanted it, so that's okay with me.
I'll have to try putting a piece of bond down with the tympan; that sounds the most precise.

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