Secondary Core :: Jobbing Platen Certification

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August 25th, 2018 9:30 AM

  • Instructor: Alan Hillesheim
  • Workshop Type: Printing
  • Workshop Status: Closed
  • Workshop Start: August 25th, 2018 9:30 AM
  • Workshop End: August 26th, 2018 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: $400.00

Date & Time: Saturday & Sunday, August 25 & 26, 2018 :: 9:30am-5:30pm

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

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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 knowledgeable and had great stories related to letterpress. He never once rushed us and was extremely patient. Thank you, Alan!”

“Alan is AMAZING! He is an engaging and very experienced instructor, and you can tell he is an expert in his field. He shared so many helpful tips, tricks, and shortcuts, and personalized the class to the students' needs.”

“Alan is an awesome instructor. He has a wealth of knowledge and provides assistance when needed. This was a perfect way to end the core classes!”

375 Rhode Island St
San Francisco, CA 94103-5133
United States