Spring and Summer at Lark Sparrow Press

The closer I got to the Codex International Book Fair, the harder and faster I had to work. Sometimes it seemed like I was doing the work of two people (see photo). I finished preparing for the show with one day to spare.

In the past, the Codex International Book Fair was held at the University of California, Berkeley campus. But this year, due to construction, the show was moved out of town to the Craneway Pavilion. Once at the show room, I was concerned it was so far away from downtown San Francisco I was concerned that maybe we would lose our audience. I was mistaken. By the end of the show over 2,000 guests had gone through the Pavilion looking at the design and print work of over 125 different presses and design studios.

I was happy to see that my collapsible book shelf (see photo) worked out so well. The whole six shelf construction fits in a carry-on piece of luggage and requires only 20 minutes to set up using only turnbuckles to erect it and keep it sturdy.

With the end of the school semester around the corner, I can reprint some sheets I was not satisfied with and finish the color work that I could not complete for the show. My summer will be spent marketing the book and preparing for printing the next book of short stories.

It’s the end of the text.

Well, it’s done. Not the complete book, but the text for WELLS & SONNE, my sabbatical letterpress project is printed.  (And thanks to all the interns who went the extra mile with me. Please see their names on the blog.) Binding is next, then printing the art and tipping it onto the bound up pages. The complete art program, six illustrations that are three and four flat colors, will take between 1,600 and 2,000 hand pulled impressions. It should be easier than the text pages to print, because each color is on a separate plate and fewer things can go wrong on one plate than on a page that has 2,700 movable pieces.

Down to the wire on the text pages

Here at Lark Sparrow Press I’m down to the last five text pages that need to be printed for the WELLS & SONNE book. The brass name plates have been ordered and Rhiannon is just about done with the hand made end sheets. Amy will start up with the deluxe bindings. Then I will start on Derek’s wonderful illustrations. I’m finally feeling like all of the art will be ready for the Codex 2013 International Book Fair. It’s taken a small army of people to produce this book.

Thanks again to  to Hector, Lucy, Leslie and Lynette. Special thanks to Sarah for her unstinting contributions. And way to go to Sarah for snagging the a Hatch Show Print internship that starts in February!

Nothing is more discouraging than…

to find a misspelled word in a printed form (80 + pages). It means a reprint.

to find an open quotation mark where there is supposed to be a closed quotation mark in a printed form. It means a reprint.

to find bad kerning in an author’s name in a printed form because I’m using hand set type which doesn’t fit together optically. It means and hour of filing 12 point type and reprinting the form.