Canadian Fine Press Exhibit

Don McLeod was back to his old tricks snapping photos at the Canadian Fine Press Exhibit on January 23. The event was held at the John M. Kelly Library, part of the University of Toronto’s University of St. Michael’s College. Scroll on to see what went down.

George A. Walker, Rod McDonald, Robert MacDonald

Wood engraver George A. Walker and type designer Rod McDonald with the keynote speaker for the evening, designer Robert MacDonald.

Stan Bevington and Rick/Simon

Stan Bevington and Rick/Simon of Coach House Press.

Chester Gryski, George A. Walker, Deborah Barnett, Rod McDonald, Robert MacDonald

Chester Gryski, George A. Walker, Deborah Barnett (college printer at St. Michael’s College), Rod McDonald and Robert MacDonald. Deborah and Robert were co-founders of Dreadnaught Press in Toronto in the 1970s.

Rod McDonald and Robert MacDonald

Rod McDonald and Robert MacDonald—not to be confused!


portraitHope you enjoyed a peek at this bookish event. Thanks again to Don McLeod for the pictures!


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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.