Bryan Ferrett, Alan Dye, Lisa Dunseth, Fred Voltmer and Norman McKnight with broadside, February 4, 2012.
It was a happy day for over 125 people who came to the library on Saturday to experience letterpress printing firsthand. Everyone was able to print a Jane Grabhorn-inspired valentine on the library's 103 year old Albion handpress. It was wild fun.
None of this would have happened without the expertise of a couple of handpress aficionados who have been extremely generous with their time--especially Fred Voltmer, who directed the repairs and procedures, and Alan Dye, printer extraordinaire. Norman McKnight donated the beautiful Moravian handmade paper and several other young printers from M&H Type, like Bryan, showed up to join the festivities.
Why is it so special to run a piece of paper through a printing press and take home a broadside? We just might have to start planning another event so you can see for yourself.
See Monica Lilta's charming video of the event.
Where to take classes: SFCB and the Chronicle article about them.
And, oh, by the way, here's the broadside: