Paul Moxon ran a two-day workshop on Proof Press Finesse, i.e. professional practice on a Vandercook at San Francisco Center for the Book. Paul is not only the man behind the Vandercook website, but also a master printer and a very nice fellow.

We all learned a lot, got on well together and had a good time. While everybody else was busy getting their hands dirty, I took dozens of photos. I did learn to print ages ago and have my own Korrex in Berlin, so for me it was more about getting familiar with the leading brand of proof presses in the US. After the first day, I eventually gave up converting from inches to metric and succumbed to the archaic (and aptly-named) Imperial system. Duodecimal doesn’t frighten me, as that is what typography is all about, but decimal inches seem to be a contradiction in terms.

Workshop impressions

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