A Tour of the Type Foundry & Press
Mostly this is so I can show the shop to friends I know only through electronic correspondence. The general reader of these pages will find this much like home movies from the 1970s.
See also the Tour of the Machine Shop .
A Quick Look
The State of the Typefoundry and Press
What works and what does not.
For hand composition from individual types.
Linotype/Intertype. Ludlow. Monotype Display. Other.
Ludlow Stick Inventory
Elrod Mold Inventory
"Rigging" is the art of moving heavy equipment safely. When I first started moving Linotypes, every rigging adventure deserved a writeup. Now some of them are becoming routine and aren't even mentioned here. (This worries me, in a way; when acquiring a 1,200 pound machine becomes an ordinary event, storage space becomes an issue very quickly.)
Partially Disassembling Linotypes
[NOT DONE] Two of my Linotypes needed to be partially disassembled for moving (both in order to fit out of the building they were in and so as not to exceed the weight limits of my trailer). It isn't that difficult, really, but there are issues involved.
The Second Elrod, Second Ludlow, and Second EasyKaster
Another Elrod, Model E, s/n E 3463. This is an electric machine, from 1953, and should be in working order. Also a Ludlow Model L, s/n 10571, electric, from 1957. This machine casts but does not deliver. [NO PICTURES YET]
[UNFINISHED] We acquire an Elrod Strip-Casting Machine, Model E, s/n E 4129 G. This is a gas fired machine, from 1956. As acquired, it is a restoration project rather than a working machine.
Two More Linotypes
[UNFINISHED] A Linotype Model 5 and Model 29.
My First Ludlow
Another 3/4 ton of machinery: A Ludlow Model M and a Hammond Glider G Trim-O-Saw.
My First Two Linecasters, and a Platen Press
Bringing home four tons or more of cast iron all at once: a Linotype/Intertype "Model X" linecaster, Intertype model C4 linecaster, Chandler & Price 10x15 platen press, Hammond EasyKaster ingot and plate maker, printer's saw, Hamilton imposing table and related equipment.
A Miehle V36 "Vertical" Cylinder Press
October 2016. A press I've been dreaming about for several years.
Two Monotype Sorts Casters (2016)
October 2016. And moving a Monotype Super Caster for Bob Magill's Sterling Type Foundry.
Raky Press Model 31 Linotype (2016)
November 2016 A local move of a Linotype Model 31 for Raky Press.
Two Monotype Composition Casters (2016)
November 2016 Employing professional riggers (and the local Bobcat dealer) to move two English Monotype Composition Casters from California.
Raky Press Miehle V50 Press (2016)
November 2016 A local move of a Mihele "Vertical" V50 cylinder printing press for Raky Press.
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