Setting 4 lines of type at a time in the composing stick. The lines of type are set a letter at a time, upside down and backwards to get the right perspective for the press. The words get separated by various thicknesses of metal to create the spacing between words until the type is snug within the margins of the stick. If a word doesn't fit at the end of a line and can't be hyphenated then I take out the spaces, and put in smaller spaces until the word fits. Here I'm typesetting page 6 of Lord Dunsany - Lost Tales Volume 3 in May of 2014. Once I have enough lines, they are transferred onto the bed of the press to be printed. Each page takes about 5 hours to set.
Here is our page of type locked up in the bed of the press using wooden furniture and quoins to exert pressure.
This photo shows Mike cutting paper for the latest work in progress at Pegana Press. These sheets will become pages for the next Dunsany book.
The photo above shows a drawer of Goudy Franciscan type. Also shown is the composing stick and metal spacing on the table in front of the drawer.
Pegana Press Books
A Word About Type:
Loose pages from the press are folded and trimmed before binding. All work is done by hand.
At Pegana Press we make all of our books by hand from start to finish. We invite you to take a virtual tour of the printing processwith Mike as your guide, shown here with the Vandercook SP 15.