Letterpress printing began with the wooden handpress and so it continued until mid-19th century, when the iron handpress, an expensive and technologically superior alternative, came into use.
The press you will use is based on one that was drawn by Albrecht Dürer in 1511, and was commissioned to be a research tool for printers and historians to learn how the first printers carried out their work. This example also has a wooden screw, giving a completely different feel to a wooden press with an iron screw.
We are offering a one-day course to allow participants to experience handpress printing at its most basic. Students will learn hand typesetting, inking, and printing, using techniques from the 15th century and will print a keepsake to take home.
Cost £90 (including tea and coffee).
The Duerer Press Group exists to promote practical knowledge of printing using a wooden handpress. We are prepared to create courses to specific requirements: please enquire.
Facilitators: The Duerer Press Group
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