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Nostalgic Musings on the Old Coach House

It’s here! It’s here! It’s finally here! That’s right, the long-awaited DA 77—celebrating a whopping fifty years for legendary printer/publisher Coach House—is now available. Full of rich history, nostalgia-inducing pictures and an amusing anecdote or two, it is a must-read … Continue reading

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A Day at the OCAD U Book Arts Fair

On December 5, book lovers, printing enthusiasts and artists of all stripes were out in full force for the 31st Annual Book Arts Fair at OCAD University in Toronto. The Great Hall was full to bursting with a diverse collection … Continue reading

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Sharing the love with FREE Adult Colouring Pages

Ask anyone in the bookselling biz what the hot sellers are, and it’s a pretty good bet that they’ll mention the adult colouring book craze. Suddenly, everyone has their favourite, go-to artist like Johanna Basford or Millie Marotta, and will … Continue reading

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Get your ‘rogue’ on: Test your knowledge of the Canadian book and printing arts

How much do you really know about the Canadian book and printing arts? Did you know that Dieter Grund established Presswerk Editions in 1978? Did you know that Thaddeus Holownia is known best for his photography rather than for his … Continue reading

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The Devil's Artisan is remarkable in Canadian publishing in that most of the physical production of our journal is completed in-house at the shop on the Main Street of Erin Village. We print on a twenty-five inch Heidelberg KORD, typically onto acid-free Zephyr Antique laid. The sheets are then folded, and sewn into signatures on a 1907 model Smyth National Book Sewing machine.

To take a virtual tour of the pressroom, visit us at YouTube for a discussion of offset printing in general, and the operation of a Heidelberg KORD in particular. Other videos include Four Colour Printing, Smyth Sewing and Wood Engraving. Photographs of production machinery used on these pages were taken by Sandra Traversy on site at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill, December 2008.

The Devil's Artisan would like to acknowledge the financial support of the Government of Canada through the Canada Magazine Fund (CMF) through the Support for Arts and Literary Magazines (SALM) component toward our editorial and production costs. Thanks, as well, for the generosity of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Ontario Arts Council, and the Sleeman Brewing Company.