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A New Site for Horton Tank Graphics

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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Art Larson has just published a new site showcasing his work as a letterpress printer in Hadley, Massachusetts. Art began his printing career in 1979, working with Harold McGrath and Barry Moser at the Hampshire Typothetae in Northampton, Massachusetts. From 1984 through 1987, he worked with Dan Keleher at Wild Carrot Letterpress before establishing his own shop, Horton Tank Graphics, in 1987.

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Moser's portrait of Larson as Victor Frankenstein

Since then he’s printed 30(!) editions for Leonard Baskin’s Gehenna Press, and dozens more for The Limited Editions Club, Pennyroyal PressELM Press, Wiesedruck, and  Double Elephant Press. Art specializes in composing insanely complicated pages (see the Gehenna Icones Librorum) and insanely complicated damp printing. He knows how to get things done.  Learn all about Art at hortontankgraphics.com.

—Michael Russem

Wood engraver Andy English at work

Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

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I have admired Andy English’s work for years and so was pleased to learn of his blog where he display his progress on current projects. Have a look at the stages of designing and then engraving the blocks for Oak Tree Fine Press’s A Outrance. (The finished engraving is shown above.) You may be interested in seeing his short video showing the development of a bookplate from the initial sketches, through the engraving of the woodblock and, finally different states of the printed plate, below.

Andy also blogs about restoring his Albion press. Keep up the fine work, Andy!

—Paul Razzell