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 (and maybe even learn more about your interests) we’ve started a Pinterest account with a number of boards designed to keep you interested and engaged in the vibrant community of book arts enthusiasts around the world. We’ll post cool event photos from happenings like the Grimsby Wayzgoose, awe-inspiring images of printing history like those from DA Editor Don McLeod’s trip to the Plantin-Moretus Museum, as well as free printable dingbats, general interest how-tos and photos to spark your creative spirit. Perhaps we’ll add a few sneak peeks in the mix as well!


And where can you find this veritable treasure trove? You can find it on the DA Pinterest page here:


Follow us and see what we’re sharing today.

Happy pinning,


Posted in Posts | Tagged , | Leave a comment 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 to serve you better. Here’s a quick walkthrough to get you acclimated.


Here’s our new and improved navigation menu. We’ve tried to make it as streamlined and intuitive as possible so that you can find what you need quickly and easily.

Navigation is still in the same place on the left side of your screen, but it is now a bit more streamlined. You can find popular materials like the Rogues’ Gallery and the Dingbats Section under the new “Resources” link. You’ll also find articles on Gauntlet Press, Anchorage Press, and the Gourmet VanderCook here. Latest and previous issues are all browsable from the “Issues” link Plus, feel free to share anything that you find noteworthy with our handy share button.

It is now easier than ever to find us on social media. On the right side of the page, you’ll notice our new social media buttons. We share social Facebook and Twitter accounts as well as our newsletter with The Porcupine’s Quill. You can find our brand-spanking-new, dedicated Pinterest page as well as links to our online store and the DA blog in the sidebar.


We love hearing from our readers! Whether it’s through sharing stories on Facebooks, engaging via Twitter, or posting photos on Pinterest, we want to hear from you.

The home page now offers information about our latest issues as well as links to some of our most popular content. We’re also featuring online stores and apps that carry DA content in the content slider at the top of the page.


You’ll never need to question which issues are the latest and greatest again. We’ll feature new issues on the home page as soon as they’re available.

Finally, look for fresh blog content every month, right here at


portraitWe hope you like the new look and functionality on our website, but of course, we’re always looking for ways to improve. If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions, feel free to get in tough at

Happy browsing,sig

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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 each issue. DA also manages to be full of historical significance.’

Excerpted from ‘History of Printing’ by historian Christopher Moore in Christopher Moore’s History News.

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

Brian Maloney and the Columbian Press. Robertson Davies Library, Massey College. September 2010. Credit: Don McLeod.

Opening of 'The Nature of Words' Exhibition, New Gallery, Toronto, September 19, 2010. Left to right: Reg Beattie, Mira Coviensky, Wendy Cain, Sigrid Blohm, Will Rueter. Credit: Don McLeod.

Novelist Leon Rooke (l) and Head Coach Stan Bevington, Coach House Press Wayzgoose, Toronto, September 9, 2010. Credit: Don McLeod.

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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.