Thoreau Macdonald Issue

`Hi Don: The issue [DA 60] arrived today and I must say, I am very pleased with it. You did a marvelous job laying it out. Beautifully done — simple and austere just as TM would have appreciated. I’m just thrilled with it. I intend to sit down today at lunchtime and read Randall’s article. I am very interested to see what he says of the portfolio. (I’m also just glad to have some reproductions of that rare material finally in my hands). Thanks again. A pleasure to work with you.’ — Seth

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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.