The Devil's Artisan is distributed primarily in Canada, but we are also pleased to engage subscribers from Scotland, England, Wales, Australia, Israel and seventeen states of the American Union. The magazine is proud of its long-standing relations with the National Libraries of Scotland and Wales, the Saint Bride Printing Library and the London College of Printing, the libraries of Cornell and Columbia universities, the State University of Queensland, Australia, the Grolier Club of New York, and the American Antiquarian Society; also the Arts and Letters Club of Toronto, the Library of Massey College, the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library and the Alcuin Society of Vancouver.

The Devil's Artisan is available by subscription, and is distributed to the trade in Canada by the C M P A. Individual copies, and backlist numbers, are available from

Enquiries of an editorial nature should be addressed to Don McLeod.

Subscription, permissions, display advertising or other business matters should be addressed to Tim or Elke Inkster at

The Devil's Artisan is published twice a year (May and December) at the printing office of the Porcupine's Quill.

P O Box 160, 68 Main Street, Erin ON N0B 1T0.

Telephone 519 833 9158 or fax 519 833 9845

Visitors who are interested in our site may also be interested in the Alcuin Society (Vancouver) and also in Briar Press.


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 generous financial support of the Canada Council for the Arts and the Ontario Arts Council.


‘The DA journal provides with every issue a set of articles providing quality information and insight into the world of the printing arts and those involved, both contemporary and historically. Not to ment ion the nice little freebies they often tuck in, like these dingbats bookmarks!’
— Richard Coxford, bookseller