WELCOME to letterpresshowto. My name is Brian Donnell. I am a journeyman
pressman (in Platen and Job Cylinder) now working at Advanced Letterpress
in Portland, Oregon (September, 2008). I began my apprenticeship in
1974, and have been a letterpress printer ever since.
I want this site to be a sort of letterpress primer or tutorial.
I have tried to present systematically printing lore
that I have found in the past to be useful
to those who have some experience in letterpress, and who want
to increase their craft knowledge. My remarks about
presswork are those of a journeyman pressman. I have no experience with
Vandercook or Heidelberg cylinder presses. My remarks about composition
and stonework are informed by long association with compositors and by
my own experience, but I am not a trained compositor. I have tried to
minimize my personal opinions.
About letterpress printing more could be said, and more still could
be shown—the satisfying
work of educating oneself in one’s craft is neverending.
Let us go together, then, under the maxim of Horace:
If you have advice more helpful than mine, be
open and share it. If not, use mine along with me.