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$ 400.00

August 24th, 2019 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Open
  • Workshop Start: August 24th, 2019 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 25th, 2019 5:30 PM
  • Sessions: 2

The jobbing platen was developed to meet the demand for greater volumes of printing with shorter production times. 

Day 1 :: Postcard Express

Design, set up and run an edition of 50 postcards in this class that introduces the ecient mechanics of a Chandler & Price jobbing platen press.

Competencies Gained:

  • Composing a tight line / line justication
  • Making a mounted cut work with type
  • Proper form creation (planing)
  • Understanding mechanics of the jobbing platen
  • Press / job setup  
  • Imposing on a stone
  • Make-ready / packing
  • Rails / trucks / roller height

 Day 2 :: Photopolymer on the Platen

The development of photopolymer opened up a new world of possibilities for letterpress. This class teaches you to integrate platen printing with polymer plates, allowing you to print whatever ephemera you can dream up!

Competencies Gained:

  • Understanding mechanics of the jobbing platen
  • Press / job setup 
  • Locking up a base in a chase
  • Inking / troubleshooting polymer on a platen 

Materials to Bring: None.

Pre-requisite: Cylinder Cores 1-4

Workshop Fee (includes materials fee): $400.00

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 24 & 25, 2019 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

Location: 375 Rhode Island St, San Francisco, CA 94103

Note: Please read over the SFCB Registration Policies before signing up for a class


About the Instructor | Alan Hillesheim

Alan Hillesheim has degrees in English Literature from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago. Thus, lost in the woods without a compass, he apprenticed at Jim Robertson's Yolla Bolly Press, over his head in the black art. There he happened upon a dysfunctional paper-folding-machine which resembled a Norwegian snow sled wrecked by six drunks. He fixed it. And then began a 23 year adventure both printing and fixing machines from the golden age of letterpress. In addition to running Digger Pine Press into the ground, he also builds wooden boats for oar and sail and, most recently, fanciful wooden toys for a four year old. He is still writing the novel he started 25 years ago, Different Eyes.

Past Student Reviews:

“Alan was very informative and knowledgeable about working the jobbing press. He took time for each of us students explaining things and answering questions.”

“Alan was super cool and it was fun learning from him!”

“I liked many things, but primarily Alan did a wonderful job of building the class around learning how to work with the press and adjust its several components. We all already knew how to set type, so that was just a fun bonus to do that again. Alan was also generous in the way he spent time with each student addressing their particular needs and wants in the workshop and in regards to their studio situation outside of SFCB.”

“I was very impressed and grateful for Alan's expertise and delivery. Class was fun and extremely informative.”

$ 400.00
SAN FRANCISCO, CA 94103-5133
United States