Just saying hello and introducing myself.

I am a web designer up in Scotland who has recently itched to get back to something physical so got my first letterpress off eBay (an old Adana HS2) and enjoying having a play with it.

Posted some snaps of my first efforts up at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cole007/sets/72157625594409380/

Will no doubt be firing over plenty of newcomer queries but in the meantime just looking forward to further experimenting and learning more about this fascinating, tactile craft.


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From your photos looks like your on the right track.

Congratulations, Cole! It is always thrilling to hear of another digital designer who has discovered his hands. :-)

I work on a flatbed press, so I’ve never locked up a form in a chase. I think, however, that you use only two quoins. I found this thread that has a photo: http://www.briarpress.org/21796

Also, I think some adjustments can be made to print your linocut more satisfactorily. I’ve seen many linocuts printed letterpress that look great. Suggestions from platen press printers?

From your first pass, Cole, I’d say you’re well on your way.


Hello Cole, nice start on your ‘printing press’, where you print your linocuts in ‘letterpress’. Have a look at the British Printers Society for more information on presses, ink and other supplies. Check out this site for other sources in the UK.