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Now I’m One of the Old Guys: Alan Stein and the Church Street Press

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DA 74 turns a spotlight on Alan Stein and Church Street Press, with contributions from Alan Stein and Lisa Moore. Stein contributes ‘Now I’m One of the Old Guys: Alan Stein and the Church Street Press’, a short memoir of the genesis of Church Street Press in Parry Sound that recalls some of the highlights of the press’ publishing endeavours. Lisa Moore contributes ‘How to Illustrate a Poem: The Art of Alan Stein’, in which she recounts the process of close collaboration between Stein and author Michael Crummey.

This issue also includes a profile of printer, designer and private-press publisher Robert T. Reid by Nigel Beale and a sampler of images from George A. Walker’s upcoming book, The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook.

Recurring features include Richard Kegler’s disussion of Bruce Rotherham’s Wedge alphabet, and A Rogues’ Gallery, featuring Don McLeod’s profile of type designer Rod McDonald. The Dingbats section features stock trade cuts that appeared in the Farmer, Little & Co. (Beekman Street, New York) specimen book of 1879. Kandid Kamera documents the Franklin Print Shop in Philadelphia.

Both the cover, Trestle in Winter, and the keepsake, Fishing Stage, Newfoundland, are after engravings by Alan Stein. The latter is printed on the Vandercook by the artist on paper supplied by the Japanese Paper Place.

Robert R. Reid design

Credit: Paul Armstrong/Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library.

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 Canada Council for the Arts, and the Ontario Arts Council.

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Now I’m One of the Old Guys: Alan Stein and the Church Street Press by Alan Stein.

How to Illustrate a Poem: The Art of Alan Stein by Lisa Moore.

Robert R. Reid’s Wise Consciousness by Nigel Beale

A Sampler: The Wordless Leonard Cohen Songbook by George A. Walker.

A Rogues’ Gallery: Rod McDonald.