At the age of 12 I learned to run a Heidelberg platen
1970 at school
Avoiding competitive sports at school. Letterpress turned out to be fascinating and much more useful than sport. At the age of 12 I learned to run a Heidelberg platen. Beautiful machine …
At school in Cambridge, GB.
Harold Wiseman. He also taught me physics.
With others, usually.
Argumentativeness and intelligence. I obviously prefer them to share my views, but someone who changes what they think to fit in is unlikely to be a friend for a long time.
Can’t remember. I don’t read as much as I should. A biography of Karl Marx and Moby Dick I think, both for print-related reasons.
John Baskerville, someone who clearly didn’t care what others thought of him.
Heidelberg platen, Heidelberg cylinder, Vandercook, Albion handpress (x2), proof presses.
A bigger guillotine and a bit more space.
Cold, sunny winter days in the countryside or the seaside.
It works. It’s legible and mostly doesn’t distract from the content.
Printing. I print jobbing work (mostly for artists), teach (mostly literature students about printing), fix and move machines for people. I used to work in science publishing, but computers came to dominate, so I stopped.
I have a Risograph (Japanese stencil duplicator). It’s great for very cheap printing and making designers think.