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 beautiful venue perfectly suited to the task. If you missed the event but still want to see what went down, here are some photos helpfully provided by DA‘s Don McLeod.

Tim and Elke Inkster

Tim and Elke Inkster of the Porcupine’s Quill and the Devil’s Artisan were friendly faces behind the table.

Mark Huebner

Engraver Mark Huebner displayed some of his prints.

Alan Stein was on hand with some of the Church Street Press's handprinted books.

Alan Stein was on hand with some of the Church Street Press’s beautiful printed work.

Chester Gryski, Anne Sutherland, and Sandie Eadie

Chester Gryski, Anne Sutherland and Sandie Eadie took in the fair.

Dr. Ernie Kerr, wood engraver George A. Walker and filmmaker Jeff Winch.

Dr. Ernie Kerr, wood engraver George A. Walker and filmmaker Jeff Winch.

Alan King

Artist and cartoonist Alan King had a very eye-catching display.

Display from Martin Howard's collection of antique typewriters

Martin Howard, who has one of the largest collections of antique typewriters in the world, exhibited some of his collection. (You can see more of his collection at

Bird's-eye view of the Bound Book Arts Fair

Love the colour and excitement in this bird’s-eye view!


portraitWe hope you enjoyed this look at some of the festive and artistic sights at the 2019 Bound Book Arts Fair. Perhaps it will convince you to join us next year?

Happy Holidays,sig

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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.