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Arion Press seeks apprentices in printing and foundry

Friday, January 16th, 2015

Arion Actually, they also want a full time bookkeeper/office manager, but I’m guessing that readers of this blog will be more interested in the printing and foundry.

They don’t seem to post the job on their web site, so I’ll put the text of the email I received here:


Apprentices learn while working on book publishing projects, contract jobs, and type production for the two divisions. Work is full-time and vacation and health insurance are provided. Salary depends on previous experience with the minimum starting pay $11 per hour

Printing: Arion Press, fine printers and publishers of deluxe limited edition books, offers training in typography, book design, and letterpress printing that can lead to long-term employment. Commitment is for a minimum four years of employment.

Typecasting and Foundry Work: M & H Type, the oldest and largest surviving type foundry in the United States, offers training in typography, typecasting, and Monotype composition that can lead to long-term employment.

Commitment is for a minimum four years of employment: two years in apprentice status, followed by two years in journeyman status.

We wish we could accommodate all the talented and dedicated people who would like to come here to learn book making with us. Currently, we have two apprentices and two journeymen who have completed apprenticeships in the type foundry and two journeymen in the bindery who also completed apprenticeships. These people are also receiving training in the composing room and pressroom from a typographer/printer. We have a master typecaster and a master bookbinder, both part-time, who continue training in their departments. If you should come to San Francisco, we would be happy to meet you and show you the facility during one of our weekly public tours on Thursday afternoons at 3:30 by reservation.

APPLICATION: Please send a one-page letter and CV by post or email. Phone inquires: 415.668.2545

–Bob McCamant

Celebrating Lewis Mitchell’s Sixty Years at Mackenize & Harris Typefoundry

Friday, February 19th, 2010

“Lewie, do we have Romanian accents?” said journeyman Kenny Howard. “Lewie, the Don Quixote caster keeps dropping characters,” said apprentice Brian Ferrett. “Lewie, the keyboard is not resetting,” said apprentice Davey Johnston. This was a typical Wednesday at M & H Type; we all wait for Wednesday, both at M & H and at Arion Press; a day of questions answered and problems solved when Lewis Mitchell comes to work.

It was in 1950, on Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12, that Lewis “Lewie” Mitchell started working at Mackenzie and Harris. Sixty years later he remains employed with M & H Type as a master casterman. On the evening of February 10, 2010, Lewie was guest of honor at a reception celebrating sixty years of service, wearing a new set of coveralls and freshly shined shoes.

The party attendees gathered in the pressroom for an evening filled with food, drinks, and conversation. Hot dogs warmed in a coffee urn . . .

. . . a well-stocked self-service bar, and many stories and acquaintances from the past and present made up the evening.

The guests included M & H customers, co-workers, and friends from the San Francisco Bay Area letterpress printing community.

In all, there were probably close to one hundred people who came to congratulate, reminisce, and see Lewie. A short program allowed Andrew Hoyem to point out the gift given by the staff to Lewie, a custom pair of coveralls screen printed with the M & H logo, and sixty years of service.

Then the floor was open to anyone who wanted to say a few words about Lewie. Among them: Othmar Peters, former owner of Mackenzie & Harris; Patrick Reagh, local letterpress printer; Sarah Songer, Arion Press bookbinder; and Monroe Postman, engineer of the Monomac computer-to-caster interface. The program concluded with an invitation for the guests to mingle in the typefoundry or bookbindery. More stories and conversation filled the rooms until the end.

Ten more years doesn’t seem out of the question; Lewie stillworks faster than the rest of us.

— Kenny Howard, M & H Type

Upcoming Arion Press Event

Sunday, February 6th, 2005

February 24, 2005, 6 p.m.: Stephen Shore, photographer and chair of the photography program at Bard College, will remark on his photography and recent project with Arion Press, The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton, for which Shore contributed thirty-three photographs of sites in and around New York relevant to the novel. Refreshments served from 5 p.m.

Events take place in the Arion Press gallery (1802 Hays Street, The Presidio, San Francisco). Seating is limited, please call to reserve: (415) 561-2548.