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From DA 88: The David B. Milne Playing Card Project

One of the fascinating articles in the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan dives into a rather non-traditional project taken on by Canadian painter David B. Milne in the early 1940s. Milne became fascinated by the history of playing cards and created a series of watercolours featuring the characters we normally see on face cards–kings, queens and knaves/jacks. These watercolours were later used to create actual decks of playing cards in 1973 by Stan Bevington and David Silcox. Continue reading

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Cover Reveal: Sneak Peek at DA 87

To whet your appetite for the upcoming Fall/Winter 2020 issue of The Devil’s Artisan, today we he have a treat for you: a cover reveal! Continue reading

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Hot Off the Press: All New Issue 86!

At long last, we’re pleased to finally have print copies of the latest issue of the Devil’s Artisan: number 86! Keep scrolling for a little peek inside the covers of this lovely tome. This issue features a fascinating comparison of … Continue reading

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Take a Gander at the 3rd Annual Bound Book Arts Fair

On Sunday, December 8, book lovers and printing enthusiasts alike were treated to a delightful display of book arts talents at the Arts and Letters Club in Toronto. A wide variety of artisans displayed and sold their wares in a … 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.