How Ink Is Made

Printers often speak romantically about getting ink under their finger nails. I always say that if you’re getting ink under your nails, you’re doing something seriously wrong. Ink Making, like Editing, is one of the less-sexy Book Arts, often overshadowed...

Firefly Press Gets Good Grant

John Kristensen and Jesse Marsolais of Firefly Press have received a Traditional Arts Apprenticeship Grant awarded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council. The grant will allow John to make time to teach Jesse the ins and outs of the Monotype system. Already competent...

Final Marks: The Art of the Carved Letter

A perfect film to watch while procrastinating on the last day of the year (or the first day), Final Marks: The Art of the Carved Letter is a classic documentary about letters, lettercutting, and doing things carefully. The film follows John E. Benson and his team at...

William Morris’s Birthday

Arguably the father of modern fine printing, William Morris celebrates his 175 birthday on March 24. It’s almost impossible to read a book about the history of fine printing without a reference to Emery Walker’s lantern slide show which got Morris...