Posts Tagged ‘letterpress’

Thanks to Steve Robinson of Rising Sun, Indiana, a spiffy new / old press has now landed safely in the Celo Knob Press shop.  Steve’s the greatest–good refurb, amazingly easy set up.  And now the press is up and running.  Here’s a ‘first light’ print run, along with a party invite for my graduating PhD and MA students.  You’ll also see the first production from the Samizdat Press, whose proprietor I’m allowing to use my equipment.  The Samizdat editor is working on a truth-in-labeling project he calls the Orwell Project.   First item, a set of desk cards: on one side “Big Stick” and on the other “Best Practices.”  Broadsides to come!

The shop with press

Heres the press, side view, with the inking wheel on the right.


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Celo Knob Press

Furniture, slug cutter, slugs--let's hear it for sawhorses too.

Over the past three years I’ve begun publishing letterpress broadsides and chapbooks, under the press name Celo Knob Press.  My current project is a series of broadsides featuring poems by North Carolina poets.  This spring I’m collecting the parts of a printshop, soon to be installed in my basement out in the country from Little Switzerland, North Carolina. Here’s the furniture, the wooden spacing you use to lock up a type form in the press bed.

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CentSp.svg Wikipedia has a nice description of Centaur:

Centaur is an Humanist Type Family originally drawn as titling capitals by Bruce Rogers in 1914 for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The typeface is based upon several Renaissance models. Rogers’ primary influence for the Roman was Nicholas Jenson’s 1475 Laertis, considered the model for the modern Roman alphabet.

Centaur also shows the influence of types cut by Francesco Griffo in 1495 for a small book titled De Aetna written by Pietro Bembo. The 1929 typeface Bembo, is based primarily upon that specimen. Rogers later added the Roman lowercase, and the italic, based upon Ludovico Arrighi’s 1520 chancery face, was drawn by Frederic Warde, and is the typeface released for general use in 1929 by the Monotype Corporation Ltd.


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