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We’re on Pinterest!

Hello there to all you printmakers, artisans and book lovers. We know that you like to learn about book arts, publishing and other crafty endeavors—otherwise, what are you doing here? In order to share some of our interests with you … Continue reading

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devilsartisan.ca: New Look, Same Great Taste!

Welcome to the new and improved home for the Devil’s Artisan on the web. If you’ve been following us for a while, you’ll note that we still have a familiar aesthetic, but we have also made a number of changes … Continue reading

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Learn Canadian printing history with the DA

‘In DA‘s world, people who can operate a nineteenth-century handcranked cast iron printing press are rock stars. Of course, unlike the grubby xeroxed or Gestetnered zines of yesteryear, DA is beautifully printed, with elegant bookmarks, prints, and other little extras inserted in … Continue reading

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Some photos from “Kandid Kamera” of the upcoming DA 67

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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.